The Second Sex

The Second Sex

Book - 2010 | 1st American ed.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, and brilliantly introduced by Judith Thurman, Simone de Beauvoir's masterpiece weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of "woman" and to explore the power of sexuality.

Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still as eye-opening and pertinent as ever. This triumphant and genuinely revolutionary book began as an exceptional woman's attempt to find out who and what she was. Drawing on extensive interviews with women of every age and station of life, masterfully synthesizing research about women's bodies and psyches as well as their historic and economic roles, The Second Sex is an encyclopedic and cogently argued document about inequality and enforced "otherness."

This long-awaited new translation pays particular attention to the existentialist terms and French nuances that may have been misconstrued in the first English edition; restores Beauvoir's phrasing, rhythms, and tone; and reinstates significant portions of the "Myths" and "History" chapters that were originally cut due to length, including accounts of more than seventy female figures.

A vital and life-changing work that has dramatically revised the way women talk and think about themselves, Beauvoir's magisterial treatise continues to provoke and inspire.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780307265562
Branch Call Number: 305.4 B386b
Characteristics: xxi, 800 p.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jun 30, 2020

"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."
Landmark, influential (and very long) text by the great Simone de Beauvoir, who is too often overshadowed by her male counterparts, Sartre, with whom she had a long relationship and Camus. Although she didn't call herself a feminist until later, this, along with "The Female Eunuch" and "The Female Mystique," is one of the key books of the movement. She ranges widely and deeply, touching on philosophy, psychology, literature, sex, religion, gender, and politics, among other subjects. She writes in a deceptively laid back essay style. It is dense but almost always compelling and intelligent in its observations, even if a few of them are dated. It takes time to get through it, but it deserves to read by men and women alike. I'd also recommend "At the Existentialist Cafe."

take the trouble to go through this. the text is (at last) complete, the translation decent. still compelling. i bought it last year. it is still with me.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at OPL

To Top