Feminist Critique Of Simon De Bevour 's The Second Sex

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The question of gender has drawn attention of the feminist critiques with the publication of Simon de Bevour‘s The Second Sex (1949) and her bold assertion that one is not born a woman: but rather becomes one‘ (quoted in Freedman, 13-14). This has led feminist critics to a distinction between physiological and social identities of women. The term sex‘ came to be understood to refer to the biological body called women; while, gender‘ came to be widely recognized as social, cultural and historical construction of the said biological body. Thus, sex‘ and gender‘ began to be equated respectively with what we commonly understand to be female‘ and feminine‘. In a nutshell, all the roles and behaviour, being the social constructions based on the biological category of women, have been incorporated within the purview of the term gender‘. Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire (Streetcar) around the time a reversal was occurring in American society. Williams was a homosexual from the deep south of America, and his play is about physical, emotional and sexual conflict. Stanley, the male lead in Streetcar, is a violent and brutal representation of the male within American society during this period; he demonstrates absolute control of his household, including his wife. He is referred to as "bestial" and is animalistic in his demeanor and his desires. Even in the stage directions we see that he is a powerful assertion of all that is male; disregarding his wife 's concern and

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