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“The situation of woman is that she—a free and autonomous being like all human creatures—nevertheless finds herself living in a world where men compel her to assume the status of the Other.”

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"Beauvoir spends about five hundred pages illustrating, in novelistic detail, how male-dominant culture can come to bear on women’s inner lives, impressing them so early and profoundly in their development that they can seem less good and less real even to themselves."
"It is no more inherently female to serve your mate dinner than it is to kill and eat him—it just depends on your species."
"Oversexed or undersexed, cunning or feebleminded, selfless or selfish: whatever contradictory qualities get attributed to women, even the putatively good ones, end up serving as rationales for why men, not women, should have the bank accounts and ENS diplomas."
"Beauvoir quotes the little-known seventeenth-century philosopher Poulain de la Barre: 'Everything that has been written by men about women should be viewed with suspicion, because they are both judge and party.'"
"When it comes to their assessments of women’s capacities, men are not impartial—they are *interested.* For many readers, Beauvoir’s analysis helped clear out the notion that male authority over women was divine or natural: it was the story of one social group dominating another"
"If Beauvoir has made men a laughingstock, then, it’s not because she writes derisively, but simply because she has made men visible."

WHEW.

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