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Le deuxième sexe I by Simone de Beauvoir
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Feb 15, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: feminist, favourites, changed-me, strongly-recommend
Read from October 07 to November 18, 2011

WOW. just WOW, this book is the feminist bible (!). No words to express the joy i felt reading this. It's so dense but at the same time so interisting. Simone did such a great job, i love this more than i could ever express.

Just in the first 20 pages or so, she had already convinced me I was gonna love this book with the words "If the feminine issue is so absurd, is because the male's arrogance made it "a discussion" WOW (again).

This is a true scientific work i must say. She read so many books and did so much research, it really impressed me. She talks about the society role of women since the per-historical times (women had an active role as a collector so she could be in the same path as men) and how the patriarchy made in impossible for women to be considered equal. Women was considered "the other" and since she didn't have much physical strength she was considered inferior (just looking at this phrase makes me think how stupid this assumptions were, no comments needed). ~

At another note, it made me realize, probably were the phrase "behind a great man there is always a great woman" came from... In the higher classes (bourgeois or noble) men were dedicating themselves to work as women were dedicated in working their intellect. That's why they were more connected to the development of culture, than any other men and they sure could give them some nice tips on how to manage their business, or something related.

Anyway, Simone navigates to so many issues and all sides of different perspectives that it's almost impossible to write a structured review without mentioning the whole book. But anyway, just wanted to add, that the part about menstruation seeing as a curse and all the myths surrounding it was pretty interesting.

Pro feminism authors, against the labeling of women as being inferiors: Diderot, Voltaire, Stuart Mill, Stendhal and Bernard Shaw

I wrote a little black list about the authors that were against the feminine cause:

- Balzac was extremely machist and believed that women were inferiors and should live in the shadow of men.
- Alexandre Dumas son actually said that if your wife cheats on you, you should kill her (with no remorse)
- Proudhon.. this one actually made me so sad you cannot imagine. One of the biggest anarchists in history believed that women should be in the kitchen (!) serving men (!). what about the fucken freedom you always talked about Proudhon??? d-i-s-s-a-p-o-i-n-t-m-e-n-t, that's all i have to say.
- Montherlant was either a repressed homosexual pretending he was straight or just plain misogynist and almost made me vomit, i must say
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