Analects of the Core: Beauvoir on gender inequality

A woman who expends her energy, who has responsibilities, who knows how harsh is the struggle against the world’s opposition, needs — like the male — not only to satisfy her physical desires but also to enjoy the relaxation and diversion provided by agreeable sexual adventures.

— French existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, from The Second Sex: Woman’s Life Today (pg. 686), a book being studied this spring in the second-semester Core Social Sciences, CC204: Inequality. Prof. Maureen Sullivan will deliver a lecture addressing empirical evidences for gender inequality in the United States, tomorrow, Thursday February 17.

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