The Equality Of Women By Simone De Beauvoir

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The Equality of Women
Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, and John Stuart Mill argued for women’s equality and independence from men. Their theses explored the beginnings of inequality between man and woman. While Mill places the root cause of women’s subordination as the result of prehistoric law of force, Woolf and de Beauvoir place blame with the Myth of Femininity and Chasity. All three theories have harmed women’s views of themselves and allowed for centuries of teaching women to be selfless, dutiful, and submissive to the males in their lives. The result is many women accepting their roles as and even finding meaning in being the other sex. de Beauvoir blames the myth of femininity for placing women at social and intellectual subordination to men as well as women’s acceptance of these positions. de Beauvoir’s views are supported with the works of Woolf and Mill.
The myth of femininity is the false idea that women are pure, innocent beings. de Beauvoir argues this is why women are recognized as the inferior sex. Likewise, Woolf reasons that Chasity is to blame for anonymity of women even in the nineteenth century. She writes that “Chasity had then, it has even now, a religious importance in a woman’s life, and has so wrapped itself round with nerves and instincts that to cut it free and bring it to the light of day demands courage of the rarest” (Fiero 117). Chasity is another factor that condemned women to be labeled the weaker sex. The virtue of anonymity has…
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