Feminism In The Second Sex By Simone De Beauvoir

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Feminism has always a hot topic no matter what time period you may look at. And while it might not have been called feminism at those times, women’s rights seem to have always been up for debate. People seems to have this idea about women and that they are lesser and weaker than men. Throughout history, many people have been trying to change the idea that women are weaker than men. However, one person who might think that that narrative might be hard to change would be Simone de Beauvoir. She wrote the book The Second Sex in order to show how she believed women were looked at to as inferior to men, not because of something biological, but because throughout history women have been referred to as “the Other”. I see her argument as a stepping-stone…show more content…
The essentialist answer says that there is a certain “essence” or a set of characteristics that can be found in all women that makes them a woman. The nominalist answer says that there is no “essence” or characteristics to being a woman, the word woman is just a word that is used to describe someone with a certain autonomy. Even though Beauvoir’s argument seems to be like the nominalist answer she actually rejects both of those of views. Beauvoir rejected the essentialist answer because as human beings, she believed that we all had free choice and that answer disregards that fact. She thought that we were all individuals who did not have an essential nature because we created that “nature” for ourselves. She rejects the nominalist view because being a woman is not a choice, someone is a woman because of the situation you are in. Women are different from men because of the history behind how they are treated. Beauvoir notes that the differences between men and women are right in front of you and are hard to be ignored. She said that “perhaps these differences are superficial, perhaps they are destined to disappear. What is certain is that they do most obviously exist”…show more content…
“Being-for-others” describes one person’s sense of how others view them. When thinking about how others view themselves, they are actually the object of someone else’s consciousness. Beauvoir starts to expand on his theory by saying that men have imposed their view on what they think women should be instead of one individual imposing their idea on another person. And because men have always been imposing their views on women for so long, women do not have the chance to develop their own sense of self. It’s interesting how women have been oppressed so much and aren’t able to enforce their opinions on what they expect from men and expect them to stick. This imbalance can be seen in today’s culture when you look at the way men try to make their opinions on women more relevant than women’s. Often times men will disrupt conversations between women to insert how they think women should act and what they expect from them in order to be viewed as “respectful”. When women hear this they might try to change who they are and how they act in order to present themselves in a way that will be permitted by men. However, the conversations often seem to be one sided. Women are expected to sit and accept their criticisms but if a woman were to try and have the same conversation with a man, it would fall upon deaf ears. Women might change themselves but for the most part men
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