Introduction: Debating Simone de Beauvoir

  title={Introduction: Debating Simone de Beauvoir},
  author={Mary G. Dietz},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={74 - 88}
  • Mary G. Dietz
  • Published 1992
  • Philosophy
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
C ONTEMPORARY WESTERN feminist theory is a great deal more than a footnote to Simone de Beauvoir (fig. 1), but little of it addresses issues that she did not anticipate perceptively in 1949. For all practical purposes, Beauvoir's celebrated declaration of gender-"One is not born but rather becomes a woman"-frames the field of feminist scholarly inquiry. In feminism, who else but Beauvoir has earned the accolades "prophetess extraordinaire," "greatest source of inspiration," and "Mother of Us… Expand
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