Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was born in Paris, France on January 9, 1908 (d. April 14, 1986). She “was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. While she did not consider herself a philosopher, Beauvoir had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, an autobiography, monographs on philosophy, politics, and social issues. She is best known for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, as well as her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women’s oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Simone de Beauvoir adopted a woman named Sylvie Le Bon-de Beauvoir several years before her death in 1986. She did this to grant her the moral rights to her literary works. Sylvie had idolized de Beauvoir and met her when she was in her 60’s. They had formed a friendship over the years despite their age difference.

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  1. Gerek

    Maybe some of us are fed up by all the back-seat driving by pepole who have no idea what it’s like to be there. I’m sure there are lots of insightful childless pepole in the world; certainly you’ve encountered them yourself. But NO, you can NOT understand what it is to have kids if you’ve never had any of your own. Even someone who adopts does not have the same experience with children that someone who’s birthed them has had. And your experience with your own children is not the same as someone else’s experience with theirs.I don’t blame her for going off the deep end. I would have too. It’s not the fact of someone deciding not to have kids that is irritating beyond belief; it’s their insistence on being parenting experts when they refuse to be parents in the first place. It’d be like me telling NASA how to launch a space shuttle; I’ve never even taken college-level physics!It’s not like they cut us any slack when we tell them what they’re missing. They get REALLY OFFENDED when we do that. Well, fair’s fair.And for the record? Children are PEOPLE. And they have just as much right to be in public places as any other person does. It’s reasonable to keep them out of dangerous situations, but most public places are not any more dangerous than is being at home (where, statistics tell us, most accidents occur).I have a suggestion for the childfree who hate parents and kids: Stay home. YOU are the abnormal ones. And this isn’t about looks or ability, it’s about attitude and behavior which do more damage than anything else.

    1. Jessica Post author

      I’m not really sure what you are commenting on since all that is currently on this page is a picture. It’s quite ironic however, that you talk about differences in experiences yet end your post telling people of different experience they should stay home because they are abnormal…

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