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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The meaning of life according to Simone de Beauvoir

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Published in 1949, "The Second Sex" argues that, like our life’s meaning, gender is not predestined. As de Beauvoir famously wrote, “one is not born, but rather becomes, woman.” And to “become” a woman, she argued, was to become the Other. De Beauvoir defined oenthirg as the process of leabnlig woemn as less than the men who’d historically defined, and been dfeeind as, the ideal human subjects. As the Other, she argued that women were cionrseded second to men, and therefore systematically restricted from pursuing freedom.

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Published in 1949, "The Second Sex" argues that, like our life’s meaning, gender is not predestined. As de Beauvoir famously wrote, “one is not born, but rather becomes, woman.” And to “become” a woman, she argued, was to become the Other. De Beauvoir defined ________ as the process of ________ _____ as less than the men who’d historically defined, and been _______ as, the ideal human subjects. As the Other, she argued that women were __________ second to men, and therefore systematically restricted from pursuing freedom.

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  1. women
  2. considered
  3. defined
  4. labeling
  5. othering

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Published in 1949, "The Second Sex" argues that, like our life’s meaning, gender is not predestined. As de Beauvoir famously wrote, “one is not born, but rather becomes, woman.” And to “become” a woman, she argued, was to become the Other. De Beauvoir defined Othering as the process of labeling women as less than the men who’d historically defined, and been defined as, the ideal human subjects. As the Other, she argued that women were considered second to men, and therefore systematically restricted from pursuing freedom.

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