Book Review

Review: The Second Sex. By Simone de Beauvoir.



Darroch F (2008) Review: The Second Sex. By Simone de Beauvoir.. Literature and Theology, 22 (3), pp. 368-371.

First paragraph: ‘WHAT IS a Woman?’ This is the question asked by Simone de Beauvoir in 1949 in what has become a classic feminist text, The Second Sex. It is this question, driven by Beauvoir's insight, passion and wit that has initiated decades of musing by feminist theorists on the relationship between the biological female body and gender. Returning to this text 61 years after it was first published, and on the 100th anniversary of Beauvoir's birth, is both a liberating and a sobering experience: liberating in the sense of celebrating the potential of ‘woman’; sobering when we ask the further question of whether the possibilities of equality have been realised in the years since Beauvoir said ‘the free woman is just being born’ (p. 723).

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Publication date01/09/2008
Publication date online05/09/2008

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Dr Fiona Darroch
Dr Fiona Darroch

Lecturer, Literature and Languages - Division