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Average people, with whom I have daily contact and cordial conversation, are mostly ambivalent about philosophy and, usually, disinterested in any sort of philosophizing whatsoever. They simply do not see how any of it has a meaningful place in their lives, much less how even a few of their friends and acquaintances might be interested in something so, well, philosophical. Science? Now that is a different story altogether. Most everyone I know is terminally infatuated with information technology and its role in making their lives easier; responses to circumstances faster; and safety and security immeasurably improved. We have been socially engineered and culturally controlled for several centuries and more recent developments have only accelerated and streamlined this process. So, looking at the big picture, including the radicalization of change itself, it is not so surprising to see the questioning of traditional roles and rejection of antiquated customs which were always about maintaining status quo. DeBeauvoir's morality (or failings thereof) are peripheral to any objective discussion of her philosophy, as would be those of Sartre, seems to me. Their contributions to the world of philosophy are more significant than any of our possible objections to their personal behavior(s).
I came very late to an appreciation of and interest in philosophy-mostly for the reasons stated at the beginning of these comments. But, in the fullness of time, I acquired an intuition that was socially and culturally impossible for me as a much younger person. One achieves a different level of consciousness when one chooses to stray from the confines and comforts of the herd. Sooner or later, though, some sort of dissatisfaction with the status quo propels us to seek something more than grass and water. Kudos to you, Laura. Terrific job!
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Concentrate on the historical aspect.
This is a roman à clef, so most of the main characters are very closely based on readily identifiable figures —in this case two of the leading French post-war intellectuals, Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre (indeed, someone very like de Beauvoir herself can be found in the novel.) Two themes are central to the novel. One is the role of Communism in France of the late 1940’s; the other is the (related) problem of the legacy of Vichy and collaboration. What points was de Beauvoir making by writing the book; what point does it have for historians? Justify your answers by using examples and quotes from the novel.

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I'm assuming no such thing. And as a (largely) self-taught thinker myself I sympathize with your plaint. But what the academy does do is assure a comprehensive review of available material. There was a time when college was affordable, and it could be again. The professors do not set tuition rates, and most of them earn a lot less than was once usual. Most instruction in higher education is now conducted by "adjuncts", or teachers without a contract or any of the usual prerogatives so lavishly loathed by you and others. But you and those others forget that the these "luxuries" were at their height at a time when college was readily affordable.
The suggestion of a Sanders/Trump or Trump/Sanders ticket makes me doubt you sanity, and hopelessly confuses your political message. But it gives me the opportunity to put in my two cents about the great mystery of Trump "success" (with less than a third of voting Republicans, or, less than seven percent of eligible Americans). The use of brazen racial innuendo convinces white males that their feudal overlords are really on their side. But the notion that T. Rump (THE Rump, more joker than wild-card) is going to DC to shout "You're Fired!" at everyone is just fatuous. He offers mania, but would, if he could be elected, provide only depression. As for Clinton, I am leery of a nominee that only wins in states that the Democrats will not win in November. But a Clinton/Warren ticket, with a placated Sanders, could be the answer here. But no president can substitute for a lack of public representation in Congress. Electoral reform is the real answer.
As for Beauvoir (the nominal subject of this thread) it is not unusual for the avant-garde to be seen as anachronism by the time it becomes a publicly familiar theme. That's not her fault. I have not focused a lot on her work because there is little in it of philosophical interest that Sartre did not originate and elaborate more fully. I think it a dereliction on the part of current philosophy to be so dismissive of existentialism, though I also think that the existentialists were bit derelict themselves in presuming much too much in their terms, which fall flat upon closer examination. Contingent can mean exigent (imminence), as well as immanence. And it is not at all clear which they intended or why they do not clarify this. The point is, existence is the proven term that the logical hermeticity of antecedence and conclusion simply does not explain the real. And it is the human, not the divine, nor bloodless number, which supplies the deficit.
Meanwhile, Mr. Videla, I cannot figure out whether you are with the feudal overlords or with the people.

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At first glance, this statement is rather paradoxical and it seems as though it is just nonsense. However, on reading her works it is getting to be clear that the position of Simone de Beauvoir is just different from what people traditionally get used to think about women and their function and role in the society. It should be pointed out that Simone de Beauvoir is an eager follower of the idea of equality of all people regardless their sex but she assumes that such equality cannot be achieved until a stereotypic view on women still dominates in the society. In stark contrast, she believes that her basic idea should be developed and only when women can realise that they are made women by socio-cultural norms, traditions, education, religious beliefs, oppression from part of men, and other factors that contribute to the formation of a traditional image of a woman in the society.

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Thus, it is possible to conclude that the main point of Simone de Beauvoir’s concept is the idea that women are in a deprived position because, on the one hand there are men who oppress them to the extent that erroneous view on women dominate in the society, on the other hand there are women who accept these stereotypes and cannot free themselves from the belief of their own abnormality, though the rejection of the latter would make them really equal to men.

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Thank you, Philosophy Talk, for a fascinating podcast on Simone de Beauvoir with Shannon Musset and for the essay above by Laura Maguire.
Regarding the critique of second-wave feminism by the third-wave for its supposed focus upon white middle-class women, it could be argued that any specific movement for the freedom of human potential (eg, the civil rights movement, the gay-rights movement, etc) is exclusive.
As Laura suggests, paraphrasing de Beauvoir, the larger human-potential movement really entails the life of anyone who is arbitrarily forced to be " 'other' in any world where you?re constantly taught that you?re second class" . . . for any given pretext.
So all of these constructs, "woman," "gay," "black," etc are in a sense ways of reinforcing the power & dominance of the white male.
To quote one of the women in the documentary film "Salt of the Earth," about a 1954 New Mexico miner's strike, whose struggle with her husband amidst the group's struggle against the mine management, "Do you still think you can have dignity only if I have none? ? Do you feel better having someone lower than you? Whose neck shall I stand on to make me feel superior? ? I want to rise and push everything up as I go."
I think this quote perfectly illustrates the internal, intra-psychic dynamic which drives oppression of all kinds, and it speaks to what I have said elsewhere on this blog about male emotion being a very powerful force, irrationally squelching progress and the contributions of others because of their gender, sexuality, or race.
Thank you again for stimulating thinking!