Ideas from 'The Second Sex' by Simone de Beauvoir [1952], by Theme Structure

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25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 12. Feminism
One is not born, but rather becomes a woman
                        Full Idea: One is not born, but rather becomes a woman.
                        From: Simone de Beauvoir (The Second Sex [1952], p.301 (or 267)), quoted by Kevin Aho - Existentialism: an introduction 2 'Phenomenology'
                        A reaction: This has become the principle idea in modern discussions of gender. It divides gender from sex, rather as Locke divided person from human being. It is an abstraction. It is part of the Hegelian-Marxist idea that persons are moulded by culture.