SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, 1908-1986
The immorality of women, favorite theme of misogynists, is not to be wondered at; how could they fail to feel an inner mistrust of the presumptuous principles that men publicly proclaim and secretly disregard? They learn to believe no longer in what men say when they exalt woman or when they exalt man; the one thing they are sure of is this rifled and bleeding womb, these shreds of crimson life, this child that is not there. It is at her first abortion that woman begins to "know." For many women the world will never be the same.1
S imone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex is the sine qua non of contemporary feminist readings.2 Though she devotes a sizeable section of the book to the topic, Simone de Beauvoir spent her whole life avoiding motherhood.3 Her attitude toward motherhood never____________________
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Publication information: Book title: No Higher Court:Contemporary Feminism and the Right to Abortion. Contributors: Germain Kopaczynski - Author. Publisher: University of Scranton Press. Place of publication: Scranton, PA. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 19.