De Beauvoir's Role In Society

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In this paper, I will talk about De Beauvoir’s argument on how women became the Other in society and how this subconsciously affects them. De Beauvoir claims we have biases in society because of religion, philosophers, and writers, which all advocated for sexist ideas. She gives the example of Eve and Pandora—both brought evil into this world. Historical figures like Aristotle and St Thomas claimed women lack intelligence (28). As a result of the biases that are perpetuated in society, women are seen as lesser entities. Belonging to a specific gender should not determine anything about who one is or how he or she are allowed to act in society. De Beauvoir is anti-essentialist regarding gender. She claims being identified as masculine or feminine should not determine how one expresses them self in society.
De Beauvoir argues a humanistic approach to gender equality is impractical and insufficient. Living a “color blind” life unaware of race makes you ignorant to those racist discriminations. Similarly, treating everyone as human denies the fact the women and men are in reality treated differently. It blinds you to the cultural sexism.
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More needs to be done than just an abstract, theoretical, and political shift. De Beauvoir claims that most contemporary men will never say women are inferior. Yet, these same men are willing to take advantage of a society that benefits them. Although they might think men and women should be the same, they are willing to accept the benefits of gender inequality (21). De Beauvoir says if you care about gender inequality, you must act upon it, and if you don’t, you don’t really care about inequality in society. De Beauvoir gives an example of this in the work force. She says many men think men and women should be equal but when their jobs are threatened, they will default back to saying women are genetically not good at this job
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