The Second Sex
The essential masterwork that has provoked and inspired generations of men and women. “From Eve’s apple to Virginia Woolf’s room of her own, Beauvoir’s treatise remains an essential rallying point, urging self-sufficiency and offering the fruit of knowledge.” —Vogue
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... its customs cannot be deduced from biology; individuals are never left to their nature; they obey this second nature, that is, customs in which the desires and fears that express their ontological attitude are reflected.
... ruses rather than confront real-life obstacles that he fears may be insurmountable; the subject establishes a distance between himself and the society he fears; thus develop neuroses that are disturbances of the social sense.
Freudians and Adlerians explain woman's anxiety before male genitalia as an inversion of frustrated desire. Stekel rightly saw this as an original reaction; but he accounts for it only superficially: the woman would fear defloration, ...
Instead of accepting that desire is disguised as anxiety or is overcome by fear, we should consider this sort of pressing and frightened appeal that is female desire as a basic given; it is characterized by the indissoluble synthesis of ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jthierer - LibraryThing
This book consists of three parts all jumbled-up together so that some of the still relevant gets missed in the "WTF did I just read." One part is a solid historical look at what the life of women ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
A dense book in which de Beauvoir attempts to define a feminist view of the world, and to explain the differentiation of that view from the masculine. There is a lot of close reasoning, but a serious ... Read full review
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