The Second Sex

Beauvoir, Simone de

Publisher:  Bantam Books, New York, USA
Year Published:  1970   First Published:  1953
Pages:  705pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7636

simone de Beauvoir explores what is is to be a woman from a multitude of perspectives: sexual, social, biological, historical.


Table of Contents


Book I: Facts and Myths

Part I: Destiny
1. The Data of Biology
2. The Psychoanalytic Point of View
3. The Point of View of Historical Materialism

Part II: History
4. The Nomads
5. Early Tillers of the Soil
6. Patriarchal Times and Classical Antiquity
7. Through the Middle Ages to 18th Century France
8. Since the French Revolution: the Job and the Vote

Part III: Myths
9. Dreams, Fears, Idols
10. The Myth of Woman in Five Authors
11. Myth and Reality

Book II: Woman's Life Today

Part IV: The Formative Years
12. Childhood
13. The Young Girl
14. Sexual Initiation
15. The Lesbian

Part V: Situation
16. The Married Woman
17. The Mother
18. Social Life
19. Prostitutes and Hetairas
20. From Maturity to Old Age
21. Woman's Situation and Character

Part VI: Justification
22. The Narcissist
23. The Woman in Love
24. The Mystic

Part VII: Towards Liberation
25. The Independent Woman


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