"A FIGHT AGAINST THE WORK OF GOD"
H erbert Marcuse once observed that the feminist revolution is in theory the most radical of all revolutions: the French and Russian revolutions were fought against works of human beings; the feminist revolution is a fight against the work of God.1 We shall investigate the relevance of this observation as we view the work of four important feminist writers on abortion: Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Daly, Carol Gilligan, and Beverly Wildung Harrison.
At the outset we would do well to introduce a distinction regarded by many contemporary feminists as based on Beauvoir's distinction between woman born and woman becoming, encapsulated in the phrase: "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman." This is the distinction between "sex" and "gender."2Kate Millett expresses it____________________