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Simone De Beauvior, The Second Sex, 1953

To emancipate woman is to refuse to confine her to the relations she bears to man, not to deny them to her; let her have her independent existence and she will continue none the less to exist for him also: mutually recognising each other as subject, each will yet remain for the other an other. The reciprocity of their relations will not do away with the miracles — desire, possession, love, dream, adventure — worked by the division of human beings into two separate categories; and the words that move us — giving, conquering, uniting — will not lose their meaning. On the contrary, when we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy that it implies, then the 'division' of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form.

Beauvoir, Simone De. The Second Sex. New York: Knopf, 1953. Print.

De Beauvoir’s argument in the passage above most clearly supports which of the following ideologies?


Social Darwinism.


European Exceptionalism.





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