Simone de Beauvoir's Theories

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Simone de Beauvoir's Theories
1 NO SEPARATE WOMAN'S NATURE
1.1 Later in the 1970s, Simone de Beauvoir was dismayed by the idea of a separate, mystical, 'feminine nature'.
1.1.1 "Just as i do not think that women are inferior to men, nor do i believe that they are natural superiors either".
1.1.2 In The Second Sex, Beauvoir had famously stated, 'One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman'. Women are different from men because of what they have been taught and socialised to do and be. It was dangerous, she said, to imagine an 'eternal feminine' nature, in which women were in touch with the earth and the cycles of the moon. According to Beauvoir, this was just another way for men to control women, by telling them that they were better off in their cosmic, spiritual 'eternal feminine, kept away from men's knowledge and left without all the men's concerns.
2 A RETURN TO ENSLAVEMENT
2.1 The notion of a 'woman's nature' struck Simone de Beauvoir as further oppression. She called motherhood a way of turning women into slaves. It did not have to be that way, but it usually ended up that way in society precisely because women were told to concern themselves with their own divine nature. They were forced to focus on motherhood and femininity instead of politics, technology or anything else outside of the home and the family.
2.1.1 This was a way of rendering women second class citizens: the second sex.
3 TRANSFORMATION OF SOCIETY
3.1 The Woman's Liberation Movement helped Simone de Beauvoir become more attuned to the day-to-day sexism women experience. Yet, she did not think it was benificial for women to refuse to do anything the 'man's way', or refuse to take on qualities deemed masculine.
3.1.1 Some radical feminist organisations rejected leadership hierarchy as a reflection of masculine authority and said that no single person was in change. Some feminist artists declared they could never truly create unless they were completely separate from male-dominated art.
3.1.2 Beauvoir recognised that the Women's Liberation movement had done some good, but she said that feminists should not utterly reject being part of a man's world.

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