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Brief author info: Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) French writer and philosopher Novelist and essayist; existentialist and feminist; known for groundbreaking study of women's status, The Second Sex, and for relationship with philosopher Jean Paul Sartre.
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One is not born a genius; one becomes a genius.
The American woman's inequality with men is proved by her defiant attitude.
One is not born a woman-one becomes one.
Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one you met when you were nineteen.
That is what chills your spine when you read an account of a suicide: not the frail corpse hanging from the window bars but what happened inside that heart immediately before.
The women of today are in a fair way to dethrone the myth of femininity; they are beginning to affirm their independence in concrete ways; but they do not easily succeed in living completely the life of a human being.
Woman is determined not by her hormones or by mysterious instincts, but by the manner in which her body and her relation to the world are modified through the action of others than herself.
Marriage is traditionally the destiny offered to women by society. Most women are married or have been, or plan to be or suffer from not being.
Harmony between two individuals is never granted-it has to be conquered indefinitely.
Hegel held that the two sexes were of necessity different, the one being active and the other passive, and of course the female would be the passive one.
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