Marriage in the second sex
Simone de Beauvoir was an incredibly important intellectual, feminist, writer, popular subject of adoration and attack. She edited journals. Her complex erotic relationship with Sartre, which occasionally involved the sharing of female partners, and her ardent affair with the American writer Nelson Algren, indicate that she had a pronounced sexual appetite. It was radical. If we are to gain understanding, we must get out of these ruts; we must discard the vague notions of superiority, inferiority, equality which have hitherto corrupted every discussion of the subject and start afresh.
Episode 83: Simone de Beauvoir and ‘The Second Sex’
Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex, Woman as Other
When she goes on to pick apart the life of modern women, it is the life of women in midth century France: that's what she knew. They do not authentically assume a subjective attitude. A condition brought about at a certain time can be abolished at some other time, as the Negroes of Haiti and others have proved: but it might seem that natural condition is beyond the possibility of change. When Hercules sat at the feet of Omphale and helped with her spinning, his desire for her held him captive; but why did she fail to gain a lasting power?
The Second Sex Summary and Analysis of Volume II Part 2, Chapters 5-10
Tessa Rose. That lasted for 7 years and that too was quite a passionate relationship. They were, in fact, central to her happiness; she merely loathed the institutions imposed on women by what she considered a patriarchal society. By including this amongst anecdotes, de Beauvoir shows that her points are supported by both kinds of evidence. So we only know now about some of the other stuff.
A man never begins by presenting himself as an individual of a certain sex; it goes without saying that he is a man. There are much more serious obstacles to women being free. Where and when can she be first and the only? It is significant that books by women on women are in general animated in our day less by a wish to demand our rights than by an effort towards clarity and understanding. The bond that unites her to her oppressors is not comparable to any other. One is not born but rather becomes one? Because he is easily influenced I imagined that I had created him in my own image, de Beauvoir,