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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
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The Second Sex (1949)

by Simone de Beauvoir

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"The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir examines gender as a social construct in society. She argues that one reason for the oppression of women is that they are seen as "other" or "alien" in the eyes on man and masculine institutions. ( )
1 vote abruser | Feb 28, 2012 |
"Le Deuxième Sexe" is a fundamental reading for all that urgently need to demystify women and study the philosophy of being the "other" gender on the 21st century.
I'm reading it for the second time. ( )
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Many of the author’s complaints against masculine oppression are justified, her observation is often acute and subtle, and her style is elegant if also slightly pretentious and often marred by unnecessary existentialist terminology. But as one reads on and on in this Black Book of the Male Terror, one becomes at first irritated and finally wearied by the unremitting whine of her special pleading. The agony is piled on until the most wholehearted believer in the equality of the sexes—as, for instance, the present reviewer—comes to suspect that the author has written the whole enormous tract out of simple resentment that she is not a man.
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“What a curse to be a woman!” Beauvoir writes, quoting Kier­kegaard. “And yet the very worst curse when one is a woman is, in fact, not to understand that it is one.” No one has done more than Beauvoir to explain the conditions of that curse, and no one has more eloquently, irately challenged us to turn that curse into a blessing.
 

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Borde, ConstanceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For a long time I have hesitated to write a book on woman.
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This work is the unabridged edition. DO NOT combine it with Parshley's abridged English translation (until recently the only one available in English). Currently in the process of separating out any remaining copies of the Parshley's abridged translation, which go on a different work page.
Please do not combine this edition of The Second Sex (ISBN 978-0-307-26556-2, 0307265560, 0224078593, 9780224078597, 009949938X, 030727778X, among others) with the earlier English edition of the same work. This version is newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time.
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Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness.  This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

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Overview: Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir's masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of "woman," and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir's pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.… (more)

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