The Second Sex (Vintage Feminism Short Edition) - Vintage Feminism Short Editions (Paperback)
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The Second Sex (Vintage Feminism Short Edition) - Vintage Feminism Short Editions (Paperback)

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Vintage Feminism: classic feminist texts in short form with an introduction by Natalie Haynes.

When this book was first published in 1949 it was to outrage and scandal. Never before had the case for female liberty been so forcefully and successfully argued. De Beauvoir's belief that `One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman' switched on light bulbs in the heads of a generation of women and began a fight for greater equality and economic independence.

These pages contain the key passages of the book that changed perceptions of women forever.

Translated by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. Annotated and introduced by Martine Reid. 

View the full Vintage Feminism series

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784870386
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 81 g
Dimensions: 178 x 110 x 8 mm


'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”

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“Calling all human beings!”

Well. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this book. On the one hand it is generally well written, on the whole fairly easy to read and very thorough but on the other there are some aspects that are slightly... More

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