Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex Is Considered As The Bible Of Feminism
Le Deuxième Sexe, The second sex is the book considered as the bible of feminism around the world. Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, (born January 9, 1908, Paris, France. French writer and feminist, a member of the intellectual fellowship of philosopher-writers who have given a literary transcription to the themes of existentialism. The Second Sex is a scholarly and passionate plea for the abolition of what she called the myth of the “eternal feminine.” It became a classic of feminist literature.
Simone de Beauvoir passed her agrégation in philosophy and met Jean-Paul Sartre, beginning a lifelong association with him. She taught at a number of schools (1931–43) before turning to write for her livelihood. In 1945 she and Sartre founded and began editing Le Temps Modernes, a monthly review.
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Her novels expound the major existential themes, demonstrating her conception of the writer’s commitment to the times. “She Came To Stay” describes the subtle destruction of a couple’s relationship brought about by a young girl’s prolonged stay in their home; it also treats the difficult problem of the relationship of a conscience to “the other,” each individual conscience being fundamentally a predator to another.
Of her other works of fiction, perhaps the best known is Les Mandarins (1954; The Mandarins), for which she won the Prix Goncourt. It is a chronicle of the attempts of post-World War II intellectuals to leave their “mandarin” (educated elite) status and engage in political activism.
Simone de Beauvoir The woman contributed to the liberalisation of the women trapped inside the social construct is remembered on her 113 rd birthday on January 8.