The Second Sex (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Apr 1972
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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. --Christine Buttery --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Praise from the UK for the new edition of "The Second Sex"
"[A] masterpiece. . . . Restores essential passages that have been missing for 60 years." --"The Times"
"Groundbreaking. . . . 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. "The Second Sex" [is] the foundation text of second-wave feminism. It is probably the most important and influential philosophical treatise of the 20th century." --"The Irish Times"
""The Second Sex" is an inquiry into a subject with profound implications for the entire human race, and its ideas are as fresh and inspiring as they were when [Beauvoir] began work. . . . Now Beauvoir's great work is available in a full English translation for the f
"The effect of the new translation, which should be applauded, is to make Beauvoir more herself. . . still lively, still apropos." --Slate
This is the edition Beauvoir herself would have wanted, one so true to the original that we can hear her voice in the text. Borde and Malovany-Chevallier s new translation is long overdue, and it is a triumph. Margaret Simons, Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, Southern Illinois University
[Borde and Malovany-Chevallier s translation] can be read with confidence, enlightenment, and pleasure. . . . A significant step forward and a remarkable achievement. So if you re one of those people who always meant to read "The Second Sex" why not now? Women s Review of Books
From Eve s apple to Virginia Woolf s room of her own, Beauvoir s treatise remains an essential rallying point, urging self-sufficiency and offering the fruit of knowledge.
"[A] long-awaited achievement." "Book Bench," newyorker.com" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Such a question is almost impossible to answer but at just under seven hundred pages of intelligent writing TSS gets as close to the quick as any women's study or feminist book has got before or after its publication. Questioning every one of the "labels" attached to the human female De Beauvoir pulls apart traditional thinking on issues such as the "innate" maternal instinct, women's intellectual capacity and physical strength and make-up. Every chapter is a definitive case in itself and De Beauvoir's collection of facts, statistics and case studies are unshakable in their accuracy. Her conclusions are well thought through and easy to follow and it is only the sheer amount and wealth of information she gives us that can seem overwhelming at times.
The very fact that a woman has written such a masterpiece is evidence enough that women are as intellectually equal to men but it is sadly revealing of our patriarchal society that gives TSS less reverence than it deserves. Since the 1940's many other theories have developed in the area of gender studies so TSS is no longer the "one text that covers all".Read more ›
linked a favourable review of the new translation to an edition of the old translation.
"The Second Sex" is divided into two books, one entitled "Facts and Myths," the other "Woman's Life Today." Of course parts of the book are dated; consider that one chapter is entitled "The Point of View of Historical Materialism." Yes, Communism has wound up in the proverbial dust-bin of history, as is another chapter title, the male-dominated point of view of psychoanalysis.Read more ›
If you read excerpts of this classic work in the past, read it now in the unabridged entirety.
This will be the most appreciated Christmas book of the season.
Pat on the back to Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier for setting a new translation standard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book delivered quickly and in perfect condition, although the print quality leaves a lot to be desired. The letters are thick and sometimes blurry.Published 2 months ago by Slalice
This is a wonderful feminist work which I've read several times in the original French. But Parshley's translation of it is dreadful and his French not only often misses the point... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr Tony Shaw
This is an absolutely awful translation which fails to convey key concepts established in the French text. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ellie S-D
Quickly delivered, yet the quality of the printing could be much improved..Published 10 months ago by Clement Lebel
The paper and ink were mismatched in this edition, the former cheap, the latter blotting out and 'spidering' on every letter so as to make it virtually illegible. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Johann M