Immanence Vs Transcendence Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Immanence refers to something inherent within oneself. Transcendence means to go beyond ordinary limits or to be superior. De Beauvoir uses “immanence” to describe the domain set on women; the limits of the domain are the boundaries of themselves. “Transcendence” expresses the opposing force, men. Men are thought to be powerful in the external universe, while women are more passive. Throughout history, men claim themselves to be more productive than women. For example, in times of war only men were able to fight while women were to stay home and perform household work. This suggests that a woman isn’t capable of doing the work of a man, and sets a domain to what a woman believes her role is in life. Even though women hold positions in the military and work force today, the two sexes still aren’t known as completely equal. A woman makes seventy-seven cents for every dollar a man makes, for equal work, and a woman is still known as the “weaker” to a man. Everyone should have the right to exchange these two forces, immanence and transcendence, but men claim their right to the transcendent force. Men continue to uphold the role they’ve grown up to know, restricting women to easier duties. Women believe they must rely on men to perform and make a living for the family, while a woman’s only satisfaction is through a man, which is still a dead-end as …show more content…
“Man learns his power,” says de Beauvoir. In the same way a man learns his power, a woman learns that she is to be passive or immanent. Society teaches that proper women demonstrate these characteristics and allow the man to do all the work in order to be happy and to gain acceptance. Women who try to demonstrate the work of a man often receive negative criticism. From the time a child begins studying women’s rights in history class, s/he learns that a woman is “the other” of a man. A woman was unable to vote, be in the military, work in the factories, or perform any tasks that weren’t considerably easy. Once a man learns about historic times, he subconsciously displays this power in his daily life. In the same sense, women feel they are at a disadvantage from the start or like they need to prove they are equal. Children grow up with the sense that a man is big and strong and a woman is delicate and weak. For true equality to ever happen, substantial change in society needs to be made. We’ve already made a big step in the right direction but society’s needs to continue working to reach a balance between

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