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Simone de Beauvoir: feminist vs. revelation
06-25-2015, 08:22 AM,
Simone de Beauvoir: feminist vs. revelation
Simone de Beauvoir: feminist vs. revelation

<div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Known typically for her association with Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir exerted an enduring influence upon modern day feminism. <i>"One is not born, but rather becomes a woman"</i> is the primal theme in <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">The Second Sex</span></a></u>. Some may not deem her a major philosopher, but to humanists, socialists and Marxists, she is an original thinker.&nbsp; <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: black;">Philippe Knab</span></a></u> deduces that in the Second Sex, “firstly, she put forward a series of empirical claims about women as the <i>Other</i>, that is, about what the role gender played in her society.&nbsp; Secondly, she puts forward a philosophical argument for why sexism is wrong.&nbsp; Clearly, the validity of the empirical part of the argument depends on one's historical cultural background.&nbsp; Some contemporary readers might feel inclined to discard Beauvoir’s feminism altogether because they do not recognize themselves or their society in her argument.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /><a href="">Read the entire essay from the Solitary Purdah archives</a></span>

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