ABSTRACT. In the present paper, I focus on Beauvoir’s investigation of women’s oppression, her observations on young women’s sexuality, her analysis of female subjectivity, and her debate of the normative masculine imaginary. The results of the current study converge with prior research on Beauvoir’s investigation of the constructed character of “woman,” her analysis of female embodiment, the sexual difference in Beauvoir’s view, and her assessment of the social constructions of masculinity and femininity. My analysis complements the growing literature on Beauvoir’s notion of situation and sex, her interpretation of the nature of woman’s submissiveness, her concept of sexual difference, and her account of patriarchal marriage. pp. 53–59

Keywords: Beauvoir; sexual difference; femininity; masculinity; marriage

How to cite: Petcu, Carmen (2016), “Beauvoir’s Feminist Realism,” Review of Contemporary Philosophy 15: 53–59.

Received 15 March 2016 • Received in revised form 7 April 2016
Accepted 8 April 2016 • Available online 13 May 2016

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