Thus, while it is true that in the higher animals the individual existence is asserted more imperiously by the male than by the female, in the human species individual 'possibilities' depend upon the economic and social situation. But, on the other hand, woman being only an object, she will be described as warm or frigid, which is to say that she will never manifest other than passive qualities. My method of coping with having a love for thinking, while being aware of the inherent inaccuracies of said thinking, is a rabid interest in argument, debate if you will, on many fronts that concern me. And therein lies the wondrous hope that man has often put in woman: One remarkable fact among others is that the married woman had her place in society but enjoyed no rights therein; whereas the unmarried female, honest woman or prostitute, had all the legal capacities of a man, but up to this century was more or less excluded from social life. For while maternal devotion may be perfectly genuine, this, in fact, is rarely the case. He makes no effort to comprehend the feelings and reactions she is not clever enough to justify, though they are deeply rooted in her; she does not grasp what is vital behind the pedantic logic with which her husband overwhelms her.
Beauvoir thinks that perhaps, of all women, only Saint Teresa lived her life for herself. Butler sees The Second Sex as potentially providing a radical understanding of gender. When he is in a co-operative and benevolent relation with woman, his theme is the principle of abstract equality, and he does not base his attitude upon such inequality as may exist. I did not read this book for a class. Sewers are necessary to guarantee the wholesomeness of palaces, according to the Fathers of the Church. Let but the future be opened to her, and she will no longer be compelled to linger in the present. That the child is the supreme aim of woman is a statement having precisely the value of an advertising slogan. In Greece, with exceptions like Sparta where there were no restraints on women's freedom, women were treated almost like slaves. The Second Sex has two major premises. Being a woman concerns me. A Paris idler who once took a walk in the Versailles Gardens concluded that, judging from all he saw, the trees grow ready trimmed. When the hero of another film, 'The Razor's Edge', returns from India equipped with absolute wisdom, the only thing he finds to do with it is to redeem a prostitute. One of the arguments in support of slavery, advanced by the American supporters of the institution, was that the Southern whites, being all freed from servile duties, could maintain the most democratic and refined relations among themselves; in the same way, a caste of 'shameless women' allows the 'honest woman' to be treated with the most chivalrous respect. When he describes woman, each writer discloses his general ethics and the special idea he has of himself; and in her he often betrays also the gap between his world view and his egotistical dreams. No man would consent to be a woman, but every man wants women to exist. We are now acquainted with the dramatic conflict that harrows the adolescent girl at puberty: She describes women's subordination to the species in terms of reproduction, compares the physiology of men and women, concluding that values cannot be based on physiology and that the facts of biology must be viewed in light of the ontological, economic, social, and physiological context. In , abortion in Europe was still illegal and contraception was extremely difficult to access. When she agrees to grow old she becomes elderly with half of her adult life left to live. She compares women's situation in ancient Greece with Rome. In contrast to prostitutes, hetaeras can gain recognition as an individual and if successful can aim higher and be publicly distinguished. She examines the spread of birth control methods and the history of abortion. Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. Account for the inherent biases as you see fit. It is a mistake to seek in fantasies the key to concrete behaviour; for fantasies are created and cherished as fantasies.
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Video Lecture: Beauvoir, "Introduction to the Second Sex"
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