In this session of the thinkPhilosophy Podcast, we delve into the "Introduction" to Simone de Beauvoir's key text in feminist philosophy, The Second Sex. In this "Introduction," subtitled "What Is A Woman?," we follow along as Beauvoir rejects the two most common answers to the question (that "woman is womb" or, on the other hand, a feminine ideal) and offers her own, philosophically framed answer: Woman is Other (with respect to man). But what precisely does this mean, and what kind of Other is woman? This, and many other fine points are entertained in this well-written, cutting philosophical meditation on the metaphysical import of sexual difference.
One thing that we did not mention during the podcast is that there is a new translation of this classic in feminist philosophy. You can read our review of this new edition and get your copy at our BestPhilosophyBooks.org page on Beauvoir.
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