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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 1, May

Adventures of the Mind and Living Warmth: A New Encounter with Simone De Beauvoir
Last year I read Simone de Beauvoir's letters to her American lover, Nelson Algren. I loved them. Many of them were written while researching and writing The Second Sex. I'd read the book in the mid 705 in Ireland, where it was still banned, but I...
Agony and Ecstasy: Feminists among Feminists
Sartre to Beauvoir: 'Writing The Second Sex made you a feminist.' Beauvoir to Sartre: 'No, it was when other women read it.' This exchange should be read as 'words to that effect' rather than a direct quotation, and not only because it is reproduced...
Ambitious Women and Strange Monsters: Simone De Beauvoir and Germaine Greer
In The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir considers the position of women who have in one way or another stood as positive examples to other women: Most female heroines are oddities: adventuresses and originals notable less for the importance of their...
Beauvoir, Feminisms and Ambiguities
My life is an unforged route that my steps alone will create. (Beauvoir qtd. in Simons 1999 12) As far back as I can remember, I was always proud of being the elder: of being first. Disguised as Little Red Riding Hood and carrying a basket full...
Daddy's Books
Simone de Beauvoir 'took stock of the world,' as she puts it, through books. They provided her first refuge, the environment--aside from the bedroom she shared with her baby sister and her nurse--in which she defined a space and an atmosphere which...
Interview with Evelyn Conlon
Rebecca Pelan conducted this interview with the Irish fiction writer Evelyn Conlon in Brisbane in August 1999. Evelyn, your most recent visit to Australia was as a guest of the Melbourne Writers' Festival. What role do these kinds of events play...
Kerry Chikarovski and the Press
Socialist feminists have long argued that the media re-produce patriarchal ideology, notably, that aspect of it which sees men as belonging to the public sphere and women belonging to the private Sphere [1] and in which woman is viewed as the 'Other,'...
La Fl[hat{a}]neuse: Simone De Beauvoir and Class
In Class Struggle and Women's Liberation (1984), Tony Cliff chooses a passage from Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex as representing a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of women in the French Revolution. In Beauvoir's words: It might well...
My Mother's Mouth
The anniversary of The Second Sex is a celebration that has brought me back to Beauvoir, for her writing had not been on my desk and in my mind for some time. What I have found is both familiar and strange: 'familiar' in that one finds in Beauvoir...
Of Hegelian Bondage
In the introduction of The Second Sex, [1] Beauvoir raises the notion of woman's Otherness. In an effort to trace the development of woman's subordinate position as Other to man, she engages with the philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. [2]...
One Is Not Born, but Becomes, a Bestseller: The Publishing Politics of Simone De Beauvoir's the Second Sex
My essays reflect my practical choices and my intellectual certitudes; my novels, the astonishment into which I am thrown both by the whole and by the details of our human condition. They correspond to two different orders of experience which cannot...
Reconciliation-Or Justice?
What does reconciliation mean? The concept originally emerged out of the Final Report of the Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991. The Commission investigated 99 deaths-but not one charge resulted for warders or police. It had...
Simone De Beauvoir's the Third Sex
My first copy of The Second Sex was the 1960 Four Square paperback edition in its thirteenth reprint of 1964. I probably bought the book in 1965, because its cover bears the sign of impending decimal currency conversion: '8/ - 8oc.' I bought the book...
The Girl Who Met Simone De Beauvoir in Brisbane, or, Must We Burn Beauvoir?
I'm currently researching the representation of histories of the second wave Australian women's movement, for example, in novels, magazines, and in academic feminist histories. And so far, the stories being told are surprisingly gloomy. What I'd like...
What Did Beauvoir Mean?
An answer to this question might begin with a further five questions. What kind of a feminist was Beauvoir? Many of the papers in this collection report on what Beauvoir meant for women in Australia searching in their lives for various types...
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