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Simone de Beauvoir’s Introduction to The Second Sex
Jill Fellows’ lectures on Simone de Beauvoir’s “Introduction” to _The Second Sex_ for ArtOne, edited and elaborated upon by Dr. Alfonso.
Jill Fellows’ lectures on Simone de Beauvoir’s “Introduction” to The Second Sex, edited and elaborated upon by me (Dr. Rita Alfonso). In this lecture, Fellows sets out the context for the work — Beauvoir’s family life, early days at La Sorbone, her relationship to Jean Paul Sartre, and the backdrop of World War II (which had just ended when Beauvoir published her work in 1949). She then traces some of the major themes of the work as presented in the “Introduction,” explaining what Beauvoir meant when she wrote that Woman is Other, and that “one is not born but becomes a woman.”
I offer additional comments about the philosophical ideas being deployed in this text, as well as my own commentary. And I invite you to consider your own starting point with the question of woman, and to further your understanding here.
The videos that comprise this series are used under the Creative Commons license with attribution. Here is the original source for the lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UZriC_nRoA.
|What Is A Woman? That Is the (Ontological) Question||00:02:00|
|From Family Life To A Political Lifeworld||00:06:00|
|Studying Philosophy at La Sorbone||00:03:00|
|The Second Sex|
|Woman As Other||00:03:00|
|Identity Through Opposition||00:02:00|
|Hegel’s Master/Slave Dialectic||00:07:00|
|The Naturalization Of Sexual Difference||00:02:00|
|Why Have Women Always Been the Other?||00:03:00|
|One Is Not Born, But Becomes A Woman||00:02:00|
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