The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir
Contributed by Fernande Huls
Chapter Summaries
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Chapter Summary
Volume 1 Part 1 Chapters 1-3

Simone de Beauvoir begins her introduction by explaining that she chose to write a book about women because there is still a controversy over what ...

Volume 1 Part 2 Chapters 1-5

In the first chapter of this section, de Beauvoir takes for granted her previous conclusion that when one of the two opposed sexes has an advantage...

Volume 1 Part 3 Chapters 1-3

In her first chapter, de Beauvoir establishes her central theories regarding how men have mythologized women. She begins by reiterating that men es...

Volume 2 Part 1 Chapters 1-4

In the first chapter of Volume II, Part 1, de Beauvoir analyzes how girls are typically treated throughout their childhood. Her central claim is th...

Volume 2 Part 2 Chapters 5-10

This section is the longest in the book, and covers the different possible roles or situations for women in society: married woman, mother, sociali...

Volume 2 Part 3-4 Chapters 11-14

de Beauvoir concludes her text by analyzing why women often lose themselves to narcissism, love, or mysticism, before explaining what the present s...

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