Existence precedes essence Sartre claimed that a central proposition of Existentialism is that existence precedes essencewhich means that the most important consideration for individuals is that they are individuals—independently acting and responsible, conscious beings "existence" —rather than what labels, roles, stereotypes, definitions, or other preconceived categories the individuals fit "essence".
Volume One[ edit ] Beauvoir asks "What is woman? She describes women's subordination to the species in terms of reproduction, compares the physiology of men and women, concluding that values cannot be based on physiology and that the facts of biology must be viewed in light of the ontological, economic, social, and physiological context.
Beauvoir argues that while Engels, in his The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the Statemaintained that "the great historical defeat of the female sex" is the result of the invention of bronze and the emergence of private propertyhis claims are unsupported.
She compares women's situation in ancient Greece with Rome. In Greece, with exceptions like Sparta where there were no restraints on women's freedom, women were treated almost like slaves. In Rome because men were still the masters, women enjoyed more rights but, still discriminated against on the basis of their sex, had only empty freedom.
Some men helped women's status through their works. She examines the spread of birth control methods and the history of abortion. She covers female menstruationvirginityand female sexuality including copulationmarriagemotherhoodand prostitution.
To illustrate man's experience of the "horror of feminine fertility", Beauvoir quotes the British Medical Journal of in which a member of the British Medical Association writes, "It is an indisputable fact that meat goes bad when touched by menstruating women.
In this new creation of a new life the woman loses her self, seeing herself as "no longer anything In contrast to prostitutes, hetaeras can gain recognition as an individual and if successful can aim higher and be publicly distinguished.
When she agrees to grow old she becomes elderly with half of her adult life left to live. She protests but doesn't escape her lot. Beauvoir then says that women don't "challenge the human condition" and that in comparison to the few "greats", woman comes out as "mediocre" and will continue at that level for quite some time.
Beauvoir thinks that perhaps, of all women, only Saint Teresa lived her life for herself. Borde and Malovany-Chevalier, in their complete English version, translated this formulation as "One is not born, but rather becomes, woman" because in this context one of many different usages of "woman" in the bookthe word is used by Beauvoir to mean woman as a construct or an idea, rather than woman as an individual or one of a group.
Butler writes that the book suggests that "gender" is an aspect of identity which is "gradually acquired". Butler sees The Second Sex as potentially providing a radical understanding of gender.
Radford's view that Beauvoir was "guilty of painting women in her own colors" because The Second Sex is "primarily a middle-class document, so distorted by autobiographical influences that the individual problems of the writer herself may assume an exaggerated importance in her discussion of femininity.
Halperin writes that Beauvoir gives an idealized account of sexual relations between women in The Second Sex, suggesting that they reveal with particular clarity the mutuality of erotic responsiveness that characterizes women's eroticism. Even though The Second Sex was published in and Feminine Mystique was published inthe French were concerned that expanding equality to include matters of the family was detrimental to French morals.
Inabortion in Europe was still illegal and contraception was extremely difficult to access. The historical context of the times was a belief that "a society cut to the measure of men ill served women and harmed the overall interests of society".
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Existentialism Existentialism is a philosophical construct and corpus of ethical thought developed in the nineteenth century and expanded upon in the twentieth century. Existentialism explores both the solitude and uniqueness of the human condition within a universe that is unconcerned—or even antagonistic—toward.
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Both existentialism and absurdism entail consideration of the practical applications of becoming conscious of the truth of existential nihilism: i.e., how a driven seeker of meaning should act when suddenly confronted with the seeming concealment, or downright absence, of meaning in the universe.