- Publisher: Random House Inc (T) (June 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394607449
- ISBN-13: 978-0394607443
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,182,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir posed questions many men, and women, had yet to ponder when the book was released in 1953. "One wonders if women still exist, if they will always exist, whether or not it is desirable that they should ...," she says in this comprehensive treatise on women. She weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to show women's place in the world and to postulate on the power of sexuality. This is a powerful piece of writing in a time before "feminism" was even a phrase, much less a movement. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A masterpiece" * Vogue * "Discovering The Second Sex was like an explosion in my skull, shattering illusions bred in a conventional fifties childhood...Re-reading the book now I realise how much of it is still entirely relevant, and that (despite advances) women are as much in need of liberation as ever" -- Bel Mooney "De Beauvoir was not just a genius as a theorist. She dared to live it. Challenging conventional marriage and sexual practice, she used her own experience to explore the emotional costs of jealousy, attachment, monogamy, bohemianism, sexuality, of love" -- Susie Orbach "A fine piece of work, a lucid translation" * Independent * "A fresh, much expanded, more intelligible book which repays re-reading by adherents of the old version, and cries out for attention from young women who have not been exposed to this most powerful of feminist thinkers" * Irish Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Though it was in a difficult read at times, it was still a well written book.
"If women's subordination were really so natural, it would not be necessary to insist so strongly upon it." Mary Daly was concerned about healing redeeming and liberation ethics for women, and in our age. She fought for a balance within the community, the church and in life.
The male hierarchy was stifling for Mary Daly. She believed that any maker of justice would, and should, identify with life, that is a gift of wisdom and love. The biblical portrait of wisdom is consistently female imagery, those who treasure family, justice, and love, teaching those traits to future generation
So, in the end, I would recommend reading it (and reading this translation) if only so one can have the experience.