Simone De Beauvoir - The Second Sex
Both sexes need each other, but we need each other for different reasons, those different reasons extend out of biology and culture. This is where the truth ends and the false value judgments begin. Men and women form a whole. Men are. Women are the other; whatever is left over in a whole.
It is easy for women to accept the position of a thing. It comes with the benefit of physical security and all the major decisions taken care of.
What would happen if women were offered the same freedoms as men?
Women can use their sex appeal to gain power over men, but it isn’t a lasting power and it isn’t equality. It is becoming a thing.
Have things gotten better for women? They have, it isn’t all the way there, but it is getting there. Women are able to live in Canada without getting married, they can have jobs and property and everything else that is essential to living. The space has been created for adventurous women to live their lives.
But then there is culture, even though there is a space for women to live their lives it is still a man’s world. A couple month’s ago McLean’s Magazine had a women in a bar flashing, the title read something like “Since when did women become chauvinistic pigs?” Then there was the red mile, why did women expose themselves to celebrate? Men sure didn’t take their clothes off, and if they did there wasn’t a group of women crowding around him to hoot n’ holla.
I think the intellectual image is still a male image. If a girl is smart she is extremely introverted. Smart and beautiful and opinionated and well read just don’t go together as an image. I think there are women like that, but opinions are tucked out of sight. A friend once told me that her mom told her not to be so opinionated because then she wouldn’t get a husband. She shrugged it off, but it is a cliché that we shrug off and laugh about even though it contains too much truth. I am not sure about this point though, I guess I should ask some girls to comment.
I think that intelligent is definitely an image a guy can buy into (The tweed jacket and glasses and button up shirts with the shoulder bag). Does the same image exist for girls, and is it a cool image? Pls. comment.
I guess the whole direction I am going with this is that women aren’t encouraged to be the philosopher types. They aren’t supposed to be into high culture (unless it is dance or opera or ballet). But discussing morality, or how society should be run is “the man’s domain.” Even if careers have been opened up to women the world of Plato and Aristotle hasn’t. That is reserved for after dinner brandy and cigars in the drawing room. (Read: rich white men are all that matter, everyone else is immanent as de Beauvoir would say).