Simone de Beauvoir

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Simone de Beauvoir (January 9, 1908 – April 14, 1986) was a French feminist who opposed traditional gender roles for women.

She wrote:

  • No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one." - "Sex, Society, and the Female Dilemma," Saturday Review, June 14, 1975.
  • "A parasite sucking out the living strength of another organism...the [housewife's] labor does not even tend toward the creation of anything durable.... [W]oman's work within the home [is] not directly useful to society, produces nothing. [The housewife] is subordinate, secondary, parasitic. It is for their common welfare that the situation must be altered by prohibiting marriage as a 'career' for woman."[1]

Notes

  1. The Second Sex, 1949. Cited in Domestic Felicity: Feminism vs. Women's rights