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Foundational text finally has English translation it deserves
on March 30, 2014
I am really torn on how to review this book. It's a foundational text of feminism and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject. Also, this translation is much, much better than the previous English translation. Parts of it are a very enjoyable read, but much of it hasn't aged well at all (there is an over-reliance on Freudian thought and concepts, for example). Changes in the status of women have made much of the text of historical interest only -- and although you can tell that de Beauvior is trying to draw in a more global perspective, it is so specific to the French experience.
So, in the end, I would recommend reading it (and reading this translation) if only so one can have the experience.