Simone de Beauvoir: Feminism and Existentialism

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Simone de Beauvoir: Feminism and Existentialism Simone de Beauvoir talks about women through the eyes of an existentialist in her book The Second Sex. Specifically, de Beauvoir’s views on how woman is “man’s dependent” shows the Subject and the Other relationship, a solution she gives to abolishing the oppression of women is that we need to abandon the idea that women are born feminine, second, weaker and not made, and the responsibility that she puts on herself and women for accepting the roles given to them are all very existentialist ideas. Subjectivity as de Beauvoir uses it is created out of defining, or created roles for the people around you; it is a self given power. A man must be the ego, the subject, in order to do this and a…show more content…
The rules of society were invented and they have no actual validity in anyone’s actions; which is an exact influence of existentialism. The fact that we are free to change the world, to change lifestyles, ideas, social norms, is incredibly empowering. The way that this power can be undermined is by women who are, knowingly or unknowingly, not letting go of their roles or from want to be men and try everything in order to be seen as their equals instead of simply being their equals. People need to realize that without women, there would be no men. There is a co-dependency in most life forms including human beings. So the meaning in a free beings life needs to be defined by that
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