Man is but mildly interested in his immediate surroundings because he can find self-expression in projects. Whereas woman is confined within the conjugal sphere; it is for her to change that prison into a realm.
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Source Notes: The Second Sex (part 5, "Situation"; chapter 16, "The Married Woman") (1949), trans. H. M. Parshley (1971). Beauvoir sees the homemaker as one who collects knickknacks, who "eagerly seeks self-realization in what she has" because "she does nothing."
Simone de Beauvoir (January 9, 1908 April 14, 1986) was a French author, philosopher, and feminist. The scope of her work is broad; she was a novelist, political theorist, essayist, as well as biographer and autobiographer. She is best known for her work Le Deuxime Sexe (The Second Sex, 1949) which contained detailed analysis of women's oppression.
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