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Feminist Writings

Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Abstract

By turns surprising and revelatory, this sixth volume in the Beauvoir series presents newly discovered writings and lectures while providing new translations and contexts for the author's more familiar writings. Spanning the author's career from the 1940s through 1986, the pieces explain the paradoxes in her political and feminist stances, including the famous 1972 announcement of a “conversion to feminism” after decades of activism on behalf of women. The book documents and contextualizes the author's thinking, writing, public statements, and activities in the services of causes like French d ... More

Keywords: feminism, political stance, activism, French divorce law, divorce law reform, women's rights, Iranian Revolution, sexual freedom, sexual equality, homosexual rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039003
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039003.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simone de Beauvoir, author

Margaret A. Simons, editor
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Marybeth Timmermann, editor

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Contents

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Introduction

Margaret A. Simons

1 French Women Writers

Introduction

Elizabeth Fallaize

Problems for Women’s Literature

Translation and Notes by Véronique Zaytzeff and Frederick Morrison

Women of Letters

Translation by Véronique Zaytzeff and Frederick Morrison, notes by Véronique Zaytzeff

2 Femininity: The Trap

Introduction

Nancy Bauer

Femininity: The Trap

Simone de Beauvoir, notes by Marybeth Timmermann

3 A Review of The Elementary Structures of Kinship

Claude Lévi-Strauss

Introduction

Shannon M. Mussett

A Review of The Elementary Structures of Kinship

Claude Lévi-Strauss, translation by Véronique Zaytzeff and Frederick Morrison

4 Short Feminist Texts from the Fifties and Sixties

Introduction

Karen Vintges

It’s About Time Women Put a New Face on Love

Simone de Beauvoir, notes by Marybeth Timmermann

Preface to Family Planning

Simone de Beauvoir, translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

Preface to The Great Fear of Loving

Simone de Beauvoir, translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

The Condition of Women

Simone de Beauvoir, translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

Preface to The Sexually Responsive Woman

Simone de Beauvoir, notes by Marybeth Timmermann

What Love Is—and Isn’t

Simone de Beauvoir, note by Marybeth Timmermann

Love and Politics

Simone de Beauvoir, translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

5 Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome

Introduction

Elizabeth Fallaize

6 The Situation of Women Today

Introduction

Debra B. Bergoffen

The Situation of Women Today

Translation by Debbie Mann

7 Women and Creativity

Introduction

Ursula Tidd

Women and Creativity

Simone de Beauvoir, translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

8 Foreword to History: A Novel

Introduction

Margaret A. Simons

Foreword to History: A Novel

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

9 The MLF and the Bobigny Affair

Introduction

Sylvie Chaperon, translation by Marybeth Timmermann

The Rebellious Woman—An Interview by Alice Schwartzer

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann, notes by Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Response to Some Women and a Man

Translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

Abortion and the Poor

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

Beauvoir’s Deposition at the Bobigny Trial

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

Preface to Abortion: A Law on Trial. The Bobigny Affair

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

10 Short Feminist Texts from the Seventies and Eighties

Introduction

Françoise Picq, translation by Marybeth Timmermann

Everyday Sexism

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

League of Women’s Rights Manifesto

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

Preface to Divorce in France

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

Introduction to Women Insist

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

Preface to Through Women’s Eyes

Translation by Marybeth Timmermann

When All the Women of the World …

Translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

My Point of View: An Outrageous Affair

Translation by Debbie Mann and Marybeth Timmermann

The Urgency of an Anti-Sexist Law

Translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

Women, Ads, and Hate

Translation and Notes by Marybeth Timmermann

11 Preface to Mihloud

Introduction

Lillian S. Robinson and Julien Murphy

Preface to Mihloud

Translation by Lillian S. Robinson