Simone De Beauvoir 's View Of A Woman, Black And White, Jew And Gentile

1463 Words Apr 4th, 2016 6 Pages
In my opinion, Simone de Beauvoir’s quote stressed that using specific characteristics to define certain groups of people was a dangerous practice. To me, Beauvoir’s model of identity is one of great diversity. When reading her work, it was evident that she thinks that all humans are multi-faceted, and should not be defined by one certain characteristic. Beauvoir believed there was no one way to be a woman, a person of color, or a Jew. Each group exhibits an array of qualities that make up individuals, rather than defining categories. She expresses that rejecting the existence of unique qualities of each group is to deny their plight. By stating that there are no differences between man and woman, black and white, Jew and gentile is to ignore all the social inequalities assigned to women, people of color, and Jews by those outside these groups. To support my views on Beauvoir’s outlook, I will use the work of Alexandra Kollontai and Primo Levi to compare the views of another woman as well as a Jewish man on this issue.
Beauvoir is a French feminist icon who helped establish the idea of feminism not only in France, but all over the Western world. I believe Beauvoir’s opinions on the root causes of sexism can also, to an extent, be applied to the issues faced by all minority groups in a world dominated mostly by Protestant white men. To Beauvoir, they are all considered the “Other” by the majority, who are the “One”. The One does not define itself “without immediately setting…
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