It’s been a long time since Simone de Beauvoir and Germaine Greer books (The second sex and The eunuch woman) caused a revolution in the cultural scene. They are considered one of the symbols of feminism and gender equity. But in some aspects they were really controversial too.
Beginning with a quote from her book The Second Sex, de Beauvoir explained the meaning of her oft-quoted line, “One is not born a woman, one becomes one,”
“...being a woman is not a natural fact. It’s the result of a certain history. There is no biological or psychological destiny that defines a woman as such. She’s a product of a history of civilization, first of all, which has resulted in her current status, and secondly for each individual woman, of her personal history, in particular, that of her childhood. This determines her as a woman, creates in her something which is not at all innate, or an essence, something which has been called the ‘eternal feminine,’ or femininity. The more we study the psychology of children, the deeper we delve, the more evident it becomes that baby girls are manufactured to become women.”
So, and taking into account this question is still in process (and probably will always be), a question arises, not only for women but for men too: are we men and women happy with our current role in society? Is it better women and men’s lives (from a gender perspective) nowadays that it was decades ago? Are we totally comfortable with the role assigned to us? And in that case, what is that role about? Is the gender equity topic still necessary?