- Paperback: 848 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (4 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009949938X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099499381
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,086 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. --Christine Buttery --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)
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"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 ›
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 ›
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.
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Badly printed! Impossible to read... it'll be returned... very disappointed!Published 4 months ago by Lalayla
I first bought a copy of The Second Sex back in 1997 and its been on my To Read list for 20 years, so it was a pleasure to finally get around to reading it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Oak
the book is really badly printed and makes it impossible to readPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The printing is not very good, the letters appear so close to each other and very dark. That's a shame, because the book is great!Published 5 months ago by Paula
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 13 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 15 months ago by Dr Tony Shaw