What’s in it for me?

In her groundbreaking work, The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir anatomized many of the injustices that women have suffered over the centuries. The book was published in 1949, and it sparked countless important conversations, which played out across universities, on television, and in the pages of newspapers. It also inspired a generation of second-wave feminists.

But Simone de Beauvoir’s philosophical work has often been dismissed as relying too heavily on the ideas of her lifelong partner, the philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre. For decades, her status as a major thinker has been undermined by people eager to discount the work of an intellectual woman.

In these blinks, you’ll discover that Beauvoir’s work was as distinctive and original as her famous partner’s. You’ll see how their ideas differed, and how their relationship, though important, wasn’t the only thing going on in Beauvoir’s life. Most importantly, you’ll learn exactly where Beauvoir’s ideas came from and how they developed over time.

In these blinks, you’ll also learn

  • how religion shaped Beauvoir’s worldview;
  • which novel she loved most as a child; and
  • that she considered Sartre extremely ugly, at first.