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Welcome! As the name suggests, this group aims to explore the history of ideas through some of the most influential texts in science, philosophy and literature. Each month we will choose a text or topic to read/research and discuss. The group is open to everyone and is intended as an informal way of engaging with some of the key ideas that have shaped our societies and cultures down through the centuries. No prior understanding of any of the texts or ideas is required and newcomers are always welcome!

It is not a requirement to have read the assigned text to join in the discussion. For those with less time, I will post links to abridged versions, as well as short videos and podcasts providing a general overview of the topic.

Members are welcome to suggest texts/topics and share links to resources such as study guides, podcasts, documentaries, etc.

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The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir discussion

Costigan's Pub

Simone de Beauvoir famously wrote, 'One is not born, but rather becomes, woman'. In this groundbreaking work of feminism she examines the limits of female freedom and explodes our deeply ingrained beliefs about femininity. Liberation, she argues, entails challenging traditional perceptions of the social relationship between the sexes and, crucially, in achieving economic independence. Drawing on sociology, anthropology and biology, The Second Sex is as important and relevant today as when it was first published in 1949. --- As it's a fairly lengthy text, the below chapters have been suggested (coming in at about 200 pages). For those with less time, the three sections marked with * are suggested (these are the chapters in the recent Vintage Feminism Short Edition). And for those with less time again, check out some of the additional resources listed below. Introduction* Book One, Part 1, Chapter 1: Biological Data Book One, Part 1, Chapter 3: The Point of View of Historical Materialism Book One, Part 3, Chapter 1: Dreams, Fears, Idols Book One, Part 3, Chapter 3: Myth and Reality Book Two, Part 1, Chapter 1: Childhood Book Two, Part 1, Chapter 2: The Girl Book Two, Part 1, Chapter 5: The Married Woman Book Two, Part 2, Chapter 10: Woman’s Situation and Character Book Two, Part 3, Chapter 12: The Woman in Love Book Two, Part 4, Chapter 14: The Independent Woman* Conclusion* --- Text... Various Formats - https://archive.org/details/TheSecondSex Podcasts... The Forum: Simone de Beauvoir: Feminist Thinker for Modern Times - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cswps0 In Our Time: Simone de Beauvoir - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06j5ncn Philosophize This!: Simone de Beauvoir - http://philosophizethis.org/episode-089-simone-de-beauvoir/ Videos... Simone de Beauvoir (1975 Interview) - https://youtu.be/VmEAB3ekkvU BBC Radio 4: Feminine Beauty: A social construct? - https://youtu.be/xT6wjgssVK4 Macat: An Introduction to Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex - https://youtu.be/Dgc0-Cn4AAs Other resources... Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Simone de Beauvoir - https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/beauvoir/ SparkNotes: The Second Sex - https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/secondsex/

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