The Second Sex

Influence

The attack on the psychoanalytic denigration of women in The Second Sex helped to inspire subsequent feminist arguments against psychoanalysis, including those of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, Kate Millett's Sexual Politics, and Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch.[102] Paglia, who has identified The Second Sex as one of the influences on her 1990 work of literary criticism Sexual Personae, writes that most modern feminists do not realize the extent to which their work has simply repeated or qualified its arguments.[101] Millett commented in 1989 that she did not realize the extent to which she was indebted to Beauvoir when she wrote Sexual Politics.[103]


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