Lying in my sick bed, I just listened to a recent recording of a discussion on Simone de Beauvoir, the intellectual, philosopher and feminist's life and works. Touching on topics as varied as existentialism, the patriarchy, how motherhood is not a feminine given and that we are as "natural" at it as men are paternal, menstruation and bodily functions, The Second Sex - the book that launched her career (I was going to put "seminal" but that is completely inappropriate given the subject matter) is now firmly on my Xmas list. It is both depressing (in that not that much has changed since) but also inspiring that there have always been great, strong, outspoken women such as this pioneering a redefinition of our role in society.
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