Analysis Of Simone De Beauvoir's The Second Sex

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In Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex”, she explains how women are encouraged to behave like a woman solely for the entertainment for men. She explains how “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman” in her work which shows that women are constructed by society’s norms which shapes them into a woman. These external processors change her into an ideal doll. Her claim is completely accurate because throughout history and till this day, women have been expected to act a certain way and live up to society’s standards of being a woman. As shown in “The Second Sex” Beauvoir introduces many interesting points that demonstrate how society’s views and many other factors condition a person into a woman. In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir explains …show more content…
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