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The Second Sex

Beauvoir, Simone de (Book - 2010)
The Second Sex
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Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, and brilliantly introduced by Judith Thurman, Simone de Beauvoir's masterpiece weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of "woman" and to explore the power of sexuality. Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still as eye-opening and pertinent as ever. This triumphant and genuinely revolutionary book began as an exceptional woman's attempt to find out who and what she was. Drawing on extensive interviews with women of every age and station of life, masterfully synthesizing research about women's bodies and psyches as well as their historic and economic roles, The Second Sex is an encyclopedic and cogently argued document about inequality and enforced "otherness." This long-awaited new translation pays particular attention to the existentialist terms and French nuances that may have been misconstrued in the first English edition; restores Beauvoir's phrasing, rhythms, and tone; and reinstates significant portions of the "Myths" and "History" chapters that were originally cut due to length, including accounts of more than seventy female figures. A vital and life-changing work that has dramatically revised the way women talk and think about themselves, Beauvoir's magisterial treatise continues to provoke and inspire.
Authors: Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986
Uniform Title: Deuxième sexe. English
Title: The second sex
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: xxi, 800 p. ; 25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Simone de Beauvoir ; translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier ; with an introduction by Judith Thurman
Notes: "This translation originally published in slightly different form in Great Britain by Jonathan Cape ... in 2009"--T.p. verso
Contents: I: Facts and myths
II: Lived experience
Formative years
Toward liberation
ISBN: 9780307265562
Branch Call Number: 305.4 B386s 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Women
Topical Term: Women
LCCN: 2009023164
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Can you imagine the world different than it is? A place where women are equally represented, have power, wealth and opportunity and men are the fearful ones doing menial tasks for pennies?

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