"Readers who can stay with Moi's densely argumentative style'she spends over a hundred pages analyzing the first three paragraphs of The Second Sex—will be rewarded with a cutting- edge view of contemporary feminist critique in its continuing struggle to establish just what its subject is."
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of The Second Sex's publication, Moi (Literature and Romance Studies/Duke Univ.; Sexual/Textual Politics, not reviewed, etc.) calls on Simone de Beauvoir's help in breaking out of a stalemate she sees as peculiar to recent feminist theory: How to define what it means to be a woman without recourse to either essentialist metaphysics (—Woman is . . .—) or biological determinism (—women must necessarily . . .—).
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