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    Final Simone de Beauvoir starts Volume 2 of The Second Sex by stating “One is not born but becomes a woman.” Meaning of this quote according to Beauvoir is to convey how a woman creates her physical exterior and internal character as she is present in the societal environment. Beauvoir illustrates gender and sex are an entirely different from each other and demonstrates incomparable aspects. Sex is given by nature and created in the womb, and gender is determined hereafter. the writer believes, a woman does not become a woman at birth but molded by society and family structure. Over the course of a female life, she is gently constructed through childhood. This means every child that is of the female sex can not be disregarded as a woman…

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    Simone de Beauvoir has endured many experiences in her life, stemming from her works of writing and applying it to feminism and societal changes. The works of Beauvoir have reached the outermost parts of the world and have become feminist writing pillars for generations to come. Evidently, Beauvoir has become an inspiration for many women and philosophers in the establishment. Simone writes of her regular beliefs of existentialism, as well as the philosophy of women, exclusively spoken about…

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    Simone de Beauvoir begins the opening of Volume II in her book The Second Sex with the line “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” (de Beauvoir, 1949/2010, p. 283) In this line, she summarizes her viewpoint that femininity is a societal construct. By this, she means that it is not a biological, psychological, or more importantly, intellectual one, but that it is rather formed by society. Specifically, that an individual is qualified to subjectivity regardless of their gender and that…

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    Martin Luther King and Simone De Beauvoir have few things in common; King being a prominent Baptist Minister and activist in the African American Civil Rights Movement and Beauvoir being an advocate for feministic philosophers and feminist theories. While it seems like they would come from opposite ends of any spectrum and lived overlapping lives in time, their biggest collective commonality was that they both were face with oppressions in their time. Simone du Beauvoir being faced with being a…

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    In her essay From The Second Sex she goes through history and uses many examples to show the ways in which women have been subjected to injustices. She examines the reasons for these injustices as well. The main goal of her essay is to get the point across that while women have made some strides to become more equal with men, the fight is not over, and women need to stand up and take action. She understood that in order to be seen as equal to men, women needed to create new identities that made…

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    Patriarchy is the impression that males are the leaders over their households, children, and wife and females are ought to be obedient. Simone de Beauvoir, a french writer and feminist, argued that “Genesis 2 and 3 (the story of Adam and Eve in the gardens) is the fundamental myth that deems woman to be a relative rather than autonomous being”. Simone also believed that “women were advised to be critical of the means by which they had been prohibited from reaching their full, human potential;…

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    Simone de Beauvoir works focused mostly on ethics and politics. Through her works three themes have been pointed out which are freedom, existentialism, and responsibility. Beauvoir had developed the term of freedom in many of her works. In fact, only by looking at the time period in which she lived, freedom was a big deal. Beauvoir sees “A freedom which is interested only in denying freedom must be denied…the existence of others as a freedom defines my situation and is even the condition of my…

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    In SImone de Beauvoir’s passage she closely follows her phenomenological approach to philosophy and explains the equality dynamics of a traditional married couple, mostly from the perspective of the man and how they change when the relationship encounters conflict. It starts of by giving us a picture that when a young woman is growing up in the family as she is “clothed in the same social dignity as the adult males”. In her eyes woman are not treated as subordinate until the male grows old…

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    female. Men have always been considered the "stronger" gender and women have forever been labeled the "weaker". But despite this constant and well- kept belief, over time the women's place in society was beginning to raise questions. What else has she to offer besides child-bearing? What role is she to play? How does she fit into this patriarchal dominion? The philosophers Simone De Beauvoir, John Locke, and Sigmund Freud had quite strong and yet diverse views on this issue. Where De Beauvoir…

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    Furthermore, Beauvoir continues to state that the “‘real woman’ is required to make herself object, to be the Other” (Beauvoir 274). In this sense, women exist on earth to serve man’s needs, whether sexual, social, marital, or domestic. Being a man, that is “having a penis is certainly a privileged” (Beauvoir 294). Considering that woman is supposed represent the Other, a sexual object and slave of sorts, they are all supposed to conform to societal expectations, just as men do when they assert…

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