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Book Recommendation: The Second Sex

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

The Second Sex is a 1949 book by the French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir, in which the author discusses the treatment of women throughout history. Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was back then, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women.

Here’s why you should read it:

  1. You will learn about the historical and social disadvantages women face

  2. You will be able to compare and contrast the world and life of women in the past and in present-day and explore how their freedoms are still restricted and their lives are still subject to male definition and domination

  3. You will genuinely begin to understand some of the core reasons why Feminism exists

  4. You will enjoy a flawless and well-written book by a woman who was an Existentialist preaching, breathing and living true freedom

  5. You will have read one of those 'Must Reads' that enrich your perspective and knowledge of the world

If you are not a feminist and think women's issues and fight for quality are a bit over the top - I challenge you to read this book and think twice.

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