Simone De Beauvoir Essay

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Simone De Beauvoir - Essay Pd. 6/7

     Throughout history, women have been portrayed as the passive, subdued creatures whose opinions, thoughts, and goals were never as equal as those of her male counterparts. Although women have ascended the ladder of equality to some degree, today it is evident that total equalization has not been achieved. Simone De Beauvoir, feminist and existential theorist, recognized and discussed the role of women in society today. To Beauvoir, women react and behave through the scrutiny of male opinion, not able to differentiate between their true character and that which is imposed upon them. In this dangerous cycle women continue to live up to the hackneyed images society has
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As Beauvoir states, "Parents still raise their daughters with a view toward marriage rather than to furthering her personal development…in this way she dooms herself to remain in lower levels, to be inferior". The stigma of needing a man to fulfill a woman's life is inaccurate and narrow - it is a tremendously dangerous example to propagate to young girls.

     Male influences shape women's appearance, behavior, and overall place in society. Women are taught how they are expected to look, think, and act, which leads her to be seen as an object in men's eyes. Her archetype is difficult to fulfill wholly, but still, I feel that women want to please men so that they can feel acceptance. Women need power and respect, and in her hapless quest for equity she often succumbs to the discrimination of male opinion, if only to gain some standing within society. Because she knows that when she cracks the shell and climbs inside the world, it is then that she can become domineering, even manipulative, to obtain what she wants. The "good graces" and approval of men will ensure financial, social, even emotional security (in business, marriage, and various other social settings). Women are in a position where they can apply intellectual charisma as well as feminine charms to secure their standing in all areas applicable.


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