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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
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Mar 12, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: i-blame-the-patriarchy, philosophy, favorites, read-in-2010, female-pen
Read from February 19 to March 21, 2010

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 some very inarguable points about the over-generalizations and untestable hypotheses that are offered throughout the text, most of the ideas proffered are fascinating and recognizable to probably any woman who reads it.

Bearing in mind that this book was published in 1949 and translated (poorly, according to many scholars) into English in 1953, it's worth noting that gender relations in Western society have advanced tremendously since this time; however, there remains enough insidious and institutionalized sexism for de Beauvoir's theories to still be relevant.
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Reading Progress

02/24/2010 page 215
02/24/2010 page 248
29.81% ""... the despotic solitude of God...""
03/12/2010 page 452
54.33% "This is going to end up on my "favorites" shelf." 1 comment
03/20/2010 page 742
89.18% "Apropos of nothing, I've decided that when I write porn books for money, my nom de plume shall be "Simone de Boudoir.""
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Ellen I'll be waiting anxiously for the Simone de Boudoir books.

message 2: by Ben (last edited Mar 23, 2010 03:16AM) (new)

Ben Love the last sentence, Natstabean.

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Stephen Yeah, that last sentence sounded like ... :-)

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