Beauvoir’s first chapter feels more like a science lesson than a philosophical discussion, as she employs an exploration of a range of reproductive behaviours and sexual dimorphism in animals to situate humans’ essential biological function: to perpetuate the species. Incidentally, we share this with every other creature on Earth. We’re not different. We’re not special. In humans, the two sexes necessary for this form one whole for this function to take place, with each one equally important to the intended outcome – so why aren’t each of the sexes equally important in every other area of humanity? Beauvoir explores how cultural and societal significance is given to the each of the two sexes based on mutually exclusive physical qualities, and how this significance defines their relationship amongst and between each other – thereby setting up further discussion on more psychological and sociological matters of sex and gender later on. Continue reading
A little while ago, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to reread The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Over the last couple of years, I’ve only really read pieces of popular writing on feminism, and I wanted to reacquaint myself with some of its historical literature.
Hello. My name is Tom and this is my second attempt at maintaining a ‘proper’ blog. I’ve written quite a long story about the history of my first attempt that you can find here, if you’re interested.