The Second Sex

by Simone de Beauvoir
France
9 Jan 1908 // 14 Apr 1986
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Women's mutual understanding comes from the fact that they identify themselves with each other; but for the same reason each is against the others.

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To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.

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Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth.

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Capabilities are clearly manifested only when they have been realized.

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Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another, will always live an adventure full of risk and promise.

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The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.

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All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception.

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Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition: the clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.

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One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

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Simone de Beauvoir

 

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