Simone De Beauvoir: A Life... A Love Story
by Claude Francis and Fernande Gontier
In case you're unfamiliar, Simone DeBeauvoir is a French philosopher from the mid-20th century, and since reading her book The Second Sex, she has had a great influence on my life because she lived by her own standards, not what people expected from her.
In this particular biography, authors Claude Francis and Fernande Gontier state that “De Beauvoir’s feminism was based on her moral doctrine and philosophy: to take action. Freedom is the primary and essential objective, all else is secondary.”
DeBeauvoir reasons that freedom for women is achieved by women going to work. When a woman can make her own wage, it is her choice whether to marry or not since she does not need taking care of by a spouse. It wasn't simple for a woman to pave her own way in life at the time that she was writing. This quote speaks to me on many levels, though. What are other examples of taking action, especially in areas where we go against the grain the same way women went against the grain in the work force?
How do we define freedom? Freedom from wage labor? freedom from being told what to do? freedom from our own judgements? What does that look like? Working for yourself? Working in a new industry? Following your dreams? In any case, in order to gain freedom, it seems we must work towards change through actions.
I believe in change! We can all do this, we can all be free.