The second sex - EXPeditions

The second sex

by Kate Kirkpatrick
  • Key point 1
    The Second Sex is thought to have had many different sources of inspiration, including Beauvoir’s reading, her conversations with her contemporaries, her experiences as a woman and the experiences of her friends.
  • Key point 2
    The Second Sex was published in two volumes. In the first volume, she’s interested in the questions ‘What is a woman?’ and ‘What does it mean to be feminine?’
  • Key point 3
    The second volume caused a scandal. She makes the claim that one is not born, but rather becomes a woman.