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The Second Sex (Le deuxième sexe #1-2)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,052 Ratings  ·  636 Reviews
Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, and brilliantly introduced by Judith Thurman, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpiece weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of “woman” and to explore the power of sexuality.

Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is stil
Hardcover, 832 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Knopf (first published 1949)
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The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings from one another; it is never the given that confers superiorities: ‘virtue’, as the ancients called it, is defined on the level of ‘that which depends on us’.
My life has led me to develop a love for thought, a love heavily dependent on the context of reality and my personal view of such, a love that has been, is, and will continue to grow through heavy doses of words both sp
Nov 17, 2014 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who want the full picture
Recommended to Dolors by: Aubrey
Reading De Beauvoir’s seminal “feminist manifesto” has allowed me to compose my genealogical tree, for The Second Sex is a book about my mother and the mother of my mother and the mother of my grandmother and of all my female ancestors in endless regressive progression who rebelled before obeying and who ended up capitulating like slaves shackled to the indomitable future of preordained inferiority.

“Thus humanity is male and man defines woman not in herself but as relative to him; she is not re
Jojo Richardson
Feb 23, 2015 Jojo Richardson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The part of this book that has affected me the most in the ten years since I've read it is most certainly the introduction, where de Beauvoir says that in order to define herself to herself she must start with, "I am a woman". This surprised her then as it surprises me now when I realize that that is how I must start, too. Although I grew up in a post-feminist "you can have it all" type of environment, it was eye-opening and disconcerting to learn that women are considered "the other" as opposed ...more
Elena Holmgren
Nov 17, 2015 Elena Holmgren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a humanist, not a feminist. I believe that humanism is the more comprehensive category for conceiving equality, and that natural rights form a sounder basis for social justice than does its framing in terms of special-interest groups. And yet de Beauvoir, I admire. That a text can rewrite the entire way our primal sense of sexual identity is defined is a tribute to the power and genius (and also the ambiguity) of modernity. Who would've thought that the lot of woman, that once seemed so set ...more
Asma AlBatli .
Dec 05, 2011 Asma AlBatli . rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كنت اتسائل كثيرًا : مالذي يجعل هموم النساء مشتركة ؟
لِم لم تنعتق المرأة من التبعيّة والإندماجيّة في جميع العصور وعلى مدى الأزمنة ؟

منذ عهد اليونان والفراعنة والصين مرورًا بالمرأة اليهودية وصولًا إلى المسيحية وإنتهاء بالإسلام .. والطبيعة المجتمعيّة التي تُفرض على المرأة واحِدة رغم تدرج الحقوق بين الأزمنة .
كان المضمون واحدًا "المنزل الأمومة الإندماجيّة رفض الإستقلال" والنتيجة وصفت كجنس آخر ليست ذاتًا مستقلّة .

سيمون كطبيعتها تنطلق من فلسفة وجودية ؛ فهي تتوغل في الذات الأنثوية منذ طفولتها وصِباها حيث
Ian GalaDali
No Wonder Intrigue and Strife Abound

"A Man never begins by representing himself as an individual of a certain sex; it goes without saying that he is a Man."

Man represents himself as both the positive and the neutral. He represents Woman as the negative. Man represents himself as objective. He represents Woman as subjective.

Ironically, Man is the Subject, but objective; Woman is the Object, but subjective.

Aristotle defines a Woman in terms of a certain lack of qualities and therefore as defe

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Update: Who isn't barracking for Assange? I doubt the idea that the US or any other government, including the Swedish government which is apparently a covert member of NATO, with US intelligence sharing being kept from parliament, is behind the allegations in Sweden.

But it is a case of the ideals of protecting women from violence being well and truly exploited, as far as I can tell. A couple of girls trying it on. Does anybody have information to stan
Feb 03, 2010 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, theory
Knocked Up
Up the Spout
A Bun in the Oven

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The word “pregnant” is pregnant with connotation. And for women—often viewed in more bodily terms than men—nothing foregrounds a woman's body more than pregnancy. It’s interesting to consider what Simone de Beauvoir, dubbed the "mother" of modern feminism, thought about motherhood itself. Given what she writes in The Second Sex, Beauvoir would probably concur with my friend’s attitude…

...A number of years ago, a friend of mine spoke to me
Amina - أمينَة.
Jan 09, 2016 Amina - أمينَة. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
تدرس سيمون وهي فيلسوفة وجودية والوجوديون يرون أن للإنسان الحريّة المطلقة في نفسه ولايحق لأي شخص أن يستعبد شخصا أخر مهما كانت الإختلافات والأسباب.
في الكتاب تدرس نفسية المرأة وتحللها تحليلًا مفصلا تاما، متسائلة عن سر نشأة التمييز الحاصل بين الذكر والأنثى، دارسة الموضوع من وجهة نظر نفسية وكذلك تاريخيّة طول العصور، وتلاحظ تغيّر وضع المرأة السابق عن الحالي وإن كان لايزال يمارس هذا الظلم بوطأة خفيفة.. أو أن المرأة قد إعتادته حتى أصبح عندها كأسلوب حياة إجتماعي لايمكنها الحياد عنه؟.

أكثر ما أعجبني في الك
Jun 30, 2009 Helynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This extensive, scholarly study, written in 1946 by French existentialist novelist and feminist Simone de Beauvoir is a seminal text for 20th-century feminism. The lengthy study contains numerous chapters, beginning with the history of women in societies throughout the world. Beauvoir's first basic observation is that the world has always been dominated by men--hence, her title that names women as "the second sex" or le deuxième sexe." Her premise that runs through the book is that there is no ...more
Ameera H.  Al-mousa
Oct 11, 2011 Ameera H. Al-mousa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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كان هذا العالم دائما عالم الرجال وكل الأسباب المعللة لذلك بدت لنا غير كافية على أننا سنتمكن أن نفهم كيف تشكل التمايز بين الجنسين ,على ضوء الفلسفة الوجودية , ومن ذلك تنطلق الكاتبة النسوية الوجودية سيمون دي فورا بعدد تردد كما ذكرت أن الكتابة عن المرأة أمر مثير ولكن ليس بالشيء الجديد .

إذا كانت الأنوثة وحدها لا تكفي لتعريف المرأة , و ينبغي أن نسلم ولو بصورة مؤقتة أن هناك نساء على الأرض فعلينا حينئذ أن نتساءل ما هي المرأة ؟

ففي عهد القديس توماس كانت المرأة تبدو كجوهر تحدد خصائصه كما تحدد خصائص ومزايا
The Second Sex is one of those dense old feminist classics I was embarrassed not to have read. When I finally started it last month, it was almost impossible to put it down (though I did take a break in order to read William Vollmann's new magnum opus.) Simone de Beauvoir theorizes, hypothesizes, and generalizes about every phase of a woman's life, from infancy to old age, and the events marking each phase, such as menarche, sexual initiation, childbirth, and menopause. While Nick's review makes ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Abrar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ثمين جداً
من الكتب التي لا تندم على قرائتها، كتابٌ من الكتب المعدودة التي لم تشعرني بأنها تحكمت بي بل شعرت بالانتعاش فكرياً و شعرت بأن افكاراً في رأسي اتخذت لغة سيمون ديبوفوار الصادقة و الموفقة.

تذكرت حواري مع قريبتي حينما كتبت لها بعض المقاطع من الكتاب فتستشعر ضاحكة إن كانت سيمون فرنسية أم سعودية؟؟؟
Nancy Monson
Jan 27, 2009 Nancy Monson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! Should be distributed in 7th grade to all females. It is the handbook we were looking for.
Poet Gentleness
Feb 03, 2015 Poet Gentleness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All women and men
Recommended to Poet Gentleness by: EF Reims
Why I never manage to find the right edition of the book I'm reading on Goodreads baffles me.
Twice I've read Beauvoir in French. Mine is an old treasured edition, which I didn't find listed here. So, I set to read it again in English. It would be quite weird to write the review in English and quote Beauvoir in French...

Alors, on y va!

Humanity is not an animal species, it is a historical reality. Human society is an antiphysis – in a sense it is against nature; it does not passively submit to t
Íris Santos
Jun 22, 2015 Íris Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Depois de várias semanas a ler este grandioso livro, posso finalmente escrever uma avaliação.

Por onde começar?
Esta obra fantástica, intransponível e inegável da condição feminina ao longo dos tempos, é um raio-x dos constrangimentos, limitações, imposições e sofrimentos que todas as mulheres experimentam pelo menos uma vez na vida.
Ao abrirmos o livro, lemos uma bela introdução das tradutoras à obra de Simone de Beauvoir, dando-nos a entender o que podemos esperar dela e como interpretá-la medi
Nov 12, 2015 Soycd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

Incredibly interesting and eye-opening essay that describes the oppression of women throughout the years. Beauvoir analyses the historical, biological and socio-economic conditions that have led females to become the second sex and tries to define a path for them to overcome that disadvantages and fulfill their destiny. One of the best passages was the chapter where Beauvoir depicted the circumstances that led woman to be left behind in art:

Men we
How could the Cinderella myth not retain its validity? Everything still encourages the girl to expect fortune and happiness from a “Prince Charming” instead of attempting the difficult and uncertain conquest alone.

I am not a true woman.

Because the majority of man that are featured in this book (and the majority of man in history) describe a true woman as “…frivolous, infantile, irresponsible, the woman subjugated to man.”

Yeah, no.

The book is not only about feminism, is a long essay about woman
د. حمدان
الجنس الآخر سيمون دي بوفوار
هي كاتبة ومفكرة شهيرة فرنسية تنفي عن نفسها كونها فيلسوفة رغم التلامس الصريح لكتاباتها وتأثرها بالوجودية والتي لربما كان لعلاقتها مع سارتر دور كبير في ذلك. عانت دي بوفوار من مشاكل روحانية عندما ألحقها والدها بدير وتحولت بعدها لتكمل حياتها كملحدة وقد يبرر هذا تأكيداتها المستمرة لكون الدين هو احد أسباب إضطهاد المرأة. عرفت عنها العلاقات الشاذة مع تلميذات لها وقد أوقفت عام 1943 عن العمل بسبب اتهام أحد تلميذاتها لها بإغوائها. وكانت حينئذ مرتبطة بسارتر بعلاقتها الشهيرة معه..
Fretty Panggabean
I didn't read this book from cover to cover. See, I had to read this book because I was using feminism theory on my final thesis. But I do agree with Simone de Beauvoir's opinions that in many countries including Indonesia, women are positioned mostly as citizen number two who have less privileges than men do in so many aspects of life. What I dislike most is the double standards applied to women. It's not enough for a woman to be good at one aspect of her life, she has to be good in all aspects ...more
Safa Rawashdeh
Sep 03, 2014 Safa Rawashdeh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذه النجوم الخمسة للكاتبة وليست للكتاب
من سطور هذا الكتاب
يظهر لنا خطأ اعتقادين شائعين :
الأول أن الأمومة تكفي لإرضاء المرأة
والثاني أن الطفل يجد سعادة أكيدة بين ذراعي أمه
إن سلوك المرأة لا تفرضه عليها هرموناتها ولا تكوين دماغها بل هو نتيجة لوضعها
يبدو أن طريق الحرية سيكون مؤلماً وباهظ التكاليف
سنتوه كثيراً , ونحزنُ كثيراً
Vikas Lather
Oct 14, 2013 Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
700 pages of magical reality. Beauvoir is one of those handful writers, worth a name. Simone's narrative quality is so much powerful, I've never experienced before. A must read for third world.

I will be revisiting this book very soon.
Mateo R.
Estas no son reseñas, sino breves comentarios que me sirven a mí para recordar las impresiones que me llevé de la obra en la lectura (o las lecturas) que hice de la misma, y claves relacionadas a temas que me interesa investigar (como la intertextualidad).

Antes de leer El segundo sexo, mi principal acercamiento con el feminismo había sido a través de diversas noticias de medios online de distintas partes del mundo (que retrataban al movimiento de las formas más dispares) y de haber leído complet
Nov 14, 2007 Namrirru rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: *EVERYONE !!*
So after mulling over the book for a few days, I came to the realization that de Beauvoir tends to harp on the negative in this text. How lack of purpose makes women neurotic and affects their relationships with people, or the various ways men are/were outrageously mysogyinistic, etc, etc. But given the time period, a little bit of firebrand preaching is acceptable.

She does lend some words for more commonplace issues, but then the text is subdued and explanatory so that a reader's eyes will dia
Huda Aweys
May 12, 2015 Huda Aweys marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
قرأت ملخص عن أفكاره و موش ناوية اقرأه قريبا الحقيقة ..
الحقيقة ان الكتاب دا و امثاله وصمه في حق المرأة .. كل فكر او فلسفة ساعدوا في اقامة صرح (النسوية) .. الكتابة النسوية .. الحركة النسوية ! .. هو فكر مريض و فلسفة عقيمة .. اللفظة نفسها عنصرية و بتصب في صالح التصنيف دا .. و بتبعد المرأة اكتر و تزيحها الى تلك (الجزيرة النسوية)! .. و اللي بيكتبوا في الحوارات دي او مهتمين بيها او عاملينها قضية هما اللي عندهم عقد و مشاكل .. زي اليهود اللي بيبرزوا مشاكلهم و عقد اضطهادهم .. او السود .. حضرتك صاحب قضية ؟
Dec 18, 2014 ايمان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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في هذا الكتاب تحاول سيمون الاجابة على سؤال واحد متى بدأ هذا التمييز بين الرجل و المرأة لحساب الرجل وضعت عدة فرضيات و انتهت أنها جميعا لا تبرر هذا التفضيل غير المستحق للرجل.
Louise Colette
Apr 23, 2008 Louise Colette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Women and Men
Shelves: women-s-studies
This was the first book I read after signing up for a class in French and American women writers. While I found myself overwhelmed with the class, this book totally destroyed my old ideas of men and women and our roles in the world.

De Beauvoir wrote so beautifully of all the things I'd been thinking and couldn't express. Woman as "The Other". . .

I became a feminist with this book. Please read it.
Lila Dimaki
Jan 07, 2016 Lila Dimaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα βιβλίο που διαμόρφωσε την παγκόσμια σκέψη.Αν και γραμμενο το 1949 διαθέτει επικαιρικότητα που αφοπλίζει.Θεωρώ πως είναι υπεράνω κριτικής.
Jill Collins
Dec 05, 2013 Jill Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
I read several criticisms that assert Simone de Beauvoir must hate women, or perhaps she simply hates being a woman. These reviewers are so close to insight but they do seem to miss the point.

Throughout The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir constantly reaffirms the state and condition of femininity is a direct result of woman's situation. Women are not victims of hormones or mysterious whims, they are victims of systematic oppression. Women are defined as other, they have no identity of their own,
David Haley
Aug 27, 2007 David Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Due to length, only those who have a real desire to investigate feminism, gender, etc.
For me, reading Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex left me feeling overwhelmed, and even slightly frustrated--not at the text itself, but the lack of time I had to spend on it. I will definitely be re-reading it in the near future.

De Beauvoir disassembles feminine “inferiority” with rare, methodical tact. It seemed as though every other page summoned a flood of ideas and reappraisals in my mind. For instance, her description of the male/female relationship as “The One” and “The Other”, led me t
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"Simone de Beauvoir was a French author and philosopher. She wrote novels, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues, essays, biographies, and an autobiography. She is now best known for her metaphysical novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, and for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary femin ...more
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