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]

She was also a lover of Jean-Paul Sartre, who frequently betrayed her by going for several young females. Despite being a close lover of Sartre, de Beauvoir also engaged in lesbianism. In addition, she also was banned from teaching in France after she abducted and molested more than a few students. She also advocated alongside most of the Marxist French intelligentsia in 1977 in an essay that she thought it was perfectly alright for 11 and 14 year olds to have sex, and in fact they were naturally sexual beings.[2]

Simone de Beauvoir also made statements that were, despite her reputation as being a feminist, outright misogynistic against females, such as referring to housewifery as being "parasitic" and implying strongly that they should get rid of it;[1] as well as viewing maternal instincts as being "oppressive";[3][4] as well as bashing women's bodies by claiming girls see their bodies as "sick"[5] and even going so far as to strongly suggest that they chop off their own mammary glands due to them serving absolutely no use for a woman's "individual economy".[6] In fact, her as well as Sartre's idea of an empowered woman was someone who lost her virginity to Sartre.[2][7]

Although she is often credited as being a Free French operative and war hero of World War II, she had in fact been a Nazi Collaborator, actively working at the pro-Nazi radio station Vichy Radio.[2]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Second Sex, 1949. Cited in Domestic Felicity: Feminism vs. Women's rights
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. Second Sex, op. cit. p.70
  4. Ibidem p.392-393
  5. Ibidem p.257-258
  6. Ibidem p.43
  7. – Kelsey Osgood – 6 Degrees of Infatuation: An Ode to Frisky French Writers; Biographile, published at February 11, 2014 (archived link here