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Past Her Prime? Simone de Beauvoir on Motherhood and Old Age

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  • Katherine Kirkpatrick
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
Pages (from-to)275-287
JournalSophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions
Journal publication date30 Jun 2014
Volume53
Issue2
Early online date29 Mar 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2014

Abstract

Despite her reputation as the ‘Mother’ of second-wave feminism, Simone de Beauvoir is not usually heralded as a mother-friendly feminist. In The Second Sex, the passages dedicated to the female body—and especially the pregnant female body—have been dismissed as unfortunate expressions of internalized patriarchy or personal idiosyncrasy. By comparing Beauvoir’s later analysis of old age to aspects of the experience of pregnancy and early motherhood, this essay suggests that Beauvoir’s later work Old Age offers a rich untapped resource for understanding her thinking on maternity.

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Kate Kirkpatrick, 'Past her Prime? Simone de Beauvoir on Motherhood and Old Age', Sophia, Vol. 53 (2): 275-287, June 2014, doi: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11841-014-0410-8.

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