Simone De Beauvoir Sexism

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Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, more commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, and political activist, feminist and social theorist. She was born to a respected bourgeois family in Raspail in Paris. During the early years of her life Beauvoir managed to complete her bachelorette in mathematics and philosophy. Later in life, Beauvoir met and shared her life with Jean Paul Sartre. Beauvoir was not the writer of one but many literary works that had a profound influence on many readers and other feminist thinkers. Some of her best works include, L'Amérique au jour de jour (America Day by Day), which talks about the social problems, class inequalities and racial problems…show more content…
However the value of the book died down with the rise of other such feminist authors like Betty Freidan, Kate Millet etc. But in my opinion it is Beauvoir’s highly analytical judgement of sexism that has given feminist theory a huge contribution. Her argument that man is the essential and the woman is the other only required for doing inessential work has a great appeal. She has also followed up her argument with her most famous saying “one is not born a woman, but rather becomes a woman”, where she explains that its only a woman’s society that subjugates her and makes a woman what she is and not what she would like to be. What appeals to me Beauvoir’s complete opposition to Freud’s theory of “Anatomy is Destiny”. The measures she advocated to overcome this disability of inferiority is quite appealing as well. The idea that work can bring about equality and independence of women has had a profound influence on many women that patriarchy is not that powerful, the superior “man” does not have the right to dominate solely on the basis of biology thus the distinction between sex and gender paved the way for a greater fight that women had to overcome in a largely sexist
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