Analysis Of Simone De Beauvoir 's The Second Sex, And It Raises Interesting Questions Regarding Womanhood

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“one is not born a woman, but rather becomes a woman” this is perhaps the line most often quoted from Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, and it raises interesting questions regarding womanhood. Simone de Beauvoir’s argument introduces the reader to a sex-gender distinction. The distinction between sex and gender is one of the most important feminist efforts to invalidate the common claim that anatomy is destiny; sex is anatomically distinct whereas gender is unnatural because is a cultural concept. Beauvoir argues that although biology allows females to experience life different than a man, being a woman is a cultural interpretation of being female. Authors like Simone De Beauvoir and Judith Butler emphasize that the female body is not the center point of the gender “woman” rather her experience and performance is what makes her a woman.
To begin, Beauvoir discusses that being a woman is not defined by her sex, rather a woman gradually learns to be one by her experiences and upbringing. Similar to Beauvoir’s claim of sex-gender distinction, feminist author Judith Butler agrees that nobody is a given gender because of their biology. Butler discusses that the relationship between sex and gender as it serves the performativity of female/male identity. Butler claims that gender identity is constituted by performance. Gender Identity is produced through performance behavior regardless of biological differences. Therefore nobody is a given gender rather being a women or a man…

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