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a must read for every woman
on 2 June 2003
Having just read this for a female voices course in French studies, I was bowled over by its alarmingly truthful nature of how women are objectified by society.
A prior knowledge of Beauvoir's work is helpful but not entirely necessary as the themes and ideas relate to all women within Western capitalist society.The idea that women have a biological commercial value that finds them their role within the patriachy i.e. the woman must have children to have any value.
The format is shown through three short stories that have completely human protagonists; for example, in Monologue, the second in the book, which is set within the style of a stream of consciouness, the woman, Muriel, repeats "I'm fed up" eighty times which represents the brutality of her feeling deserted by the society that told her she had to be a mother to have any worth.
In conclusion, all women should read this and come to fully comprehend "la mauvaise foi", the inability to accept one's freedom when they are offered the chance.