Grene, Marjorie
March 1953
New Republic;3/9/53, Vol. 128 Issue 10, p22
The article focuses on the book "The Second Sex," by Simone de Beauvoir and edited by H.M. Parshley. The problem of the family, and woman in the family and woman's need to bear children is much more deeply rooted and much less lightly resolved than Beauvoir-or existentialism in general admits. Marriage is an irrational and barbarous institution; the taboo on illegitimacy is barbarous-all too true. But the truth is that all institutions are barbarous and yet one cannot do without them. Man or woman is born free and everywhere he/she is in chains. Situation is a philosophic concept for conservatives; the French existentialists use it as revolutionaries. They say; man, or woman, is not eternal, but what fact icky has made of her here and now. In Beauvoir argument that means: whatever one has thought significant and eternal is merely temporary and meaningless.


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