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First published in Paris in 1949, The Second Sex by Simone de Beavoir was a groundbreaking, risqué book that became a runaway success. Selling 20,000 copies in its first week, the book earned its author both notoriety & admiration. Since then, The Second Sex has been translated into 40 languages & has become a landmark in the history of feminism. Required reading f ...more
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Published 1961 by Bantam Books (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
Aug 12, 2013 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
Aug 14, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To seem, rather than to see, to appear, rather than to be: this, in a nutshell, has been woman's existential project thus far, according to de Beauvoir. Woman's historic destiny has prohibited her from developing into a self, understood as an autonomous ontic unit and agent. Instead, hers has been a merely instrumental existence defined entirely by her social roles. Never a maker of meaning, her success in life was defined to the extent that she was a suitable canvas for receiving others' meanin ...more
Jojo Richardson
Dec 29, 2007 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
Asma AlBatli .
Aug 21, 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 "Marvin" Graye
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
As a feminist, it's been recommended to me for years that I read Simone de Beauvoir's 1949 book, The Second Sex. As a regular person, though, I have always felt like it "wasn't the right time" to read it.

What does that even mean?

As someone living as "the second sex" myself, there is no excuse for this. I was lazy, bottom line. It's a big book, and while big books do not normally frighten me, I was worried I wouldn't be smart enough for Simone de Beauvoir. She was, from what I understand, a highl
Nov 09, 2009 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, theory
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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
Ameera H.  Al-mousa
Sep 08, 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
Steven  Godin
Sep 19, 2016 Steven Godin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, french
This unfortunately was the short version of Simone de Beauvoir's 'The Second Sex' as I made a mistake when ordering (because of the price), so this is only extracts from the full version which hopefully will read at another time. As a passionate supporter of feminism, equality and sexual liberation for women this was an interesting and for it's time controversial take on feminist philosophy and would suit anyone who doesn't have the time on their hands to read the longer edition, but I am a litt ...more
Amina - أمينَة.
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
May 21, 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
May 27, 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؟؟؟
رؤیا (Roya)
Nov 01, 2016 رؤیا (Roya) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفی
"جنس دوم" به نوشته یکی از معدود فیلسوفان زن جهان سیمون دوبووار در دو جلد و کمی بیشتر از هزار صفحه کتابی بسیار عجیب بود که در آن واحد به تمام احساسات درون و بیرون من به عنوان یک خواننده زن دسترسی پیدا کرده و آنچنان منقلبم کرد که تا چندین روز پس از خواندنش هنوز قادر به نوشتن ذهنم نبودم.با این خوانش هم رنج بود و هم لذت, هم آگاهی و هم عذاب دانستن, هم ناچاری و هم قدرت برخاستن. واقعیتی غیر قابل انکار از خلق وجودی ظریف و حساس در عین حال پیچیده و عمیق که در اثر نابرابری قدرت و بی دانشی آدم اولیه به شکلی ...more
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
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
May 24, 2013 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
Sep 06, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hace cinco meses comencé a leer El segundo sexo, aunque de febrero a mayo prácticamente no leí nada (100 páginas, teniendo en cuenta que el libro tiene 912…)
Así que cinco meses después puedo decir que he aprendido mucho, una sucesión de datos y análisis plaga este libro y te hacen analizar a ti mismo, discurrir y pensar.
Un día discutí con un amigo de un amigo sobre por qué el feminismo sigue siendo una necesidad, es una discusión que he tenido habitualmente con hombres, aunque también con mujer
Dec 31, 2014 Soycd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“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
Nov 27, 2014 Íris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, 2015
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
Siento que llevo leyendo este libro toda una vida. ¿Soy la misma que cuando lo empecé? No lo sé. Lo que sí es seguro es que me siento reivindicada como mujer y como ser humano.

Evidentemente, el paradigma está cambiando, pero no por eso es menos doloroso ver reflejadas algunas de nuestras conductas o las de las mujeres de nuestro entorno. La sociedad que nos es descrita resuena lejana y familiar al mismo tiempo.

Simone no juzga, expone. Analiza. Puedes estar o no de acuerdo, pero no puedes escapa
Safa Rawashdeh
Aug 13, 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 13, 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.
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
Mar 27, 2012 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.
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
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..
Sep 19, 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
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
Jan 26, 2017 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Second Sex provides the reader with a considerable amount of incisive analysis and thought-provoking information, though some of it is admittedly a bit outdated. I found the history section particularly enlightening, and well worth reading. However, due to excessive meandering (no scarcity of sine/cosines here!) and a tendency to err on the side of repetition, this book does little to dispel the stereotype that women talk too much.
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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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