Discussion: KST11/03/09 by Doc B
Bella Swan: An "Uncle Tom*" sell out of feminism! Or: Is Bella Swan A Feminist Heroine?
Relevance: Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986) Was one of the "mothers" of modern feminism. She was a French writer, philosopher, and feminist. In 1949 she wrote her famous thesis " The Second Sex" One of the very cornerstones of modern feminism. It is a detailed analysis of women's oppression by society in general, and by men in particular. De Beauvoir remains an idol to contemporary feminists.
One of the many passages in her very famous thesis "The Second Sex" which she was aiming directly at the type of a women who would identify herself with the Bella Swan IS:
(Virtually all) Girls (The Bella Swans of society) become convinced that there is no other way out for them, other than too loose themselves, body and soul, in "HIM!" (Edward) Who is represented to her as the absolute, the essential!
But SHE (Bella) is choosing to desire her ENSLAVEMENT so ardently that her (SLAVERY) appears to her, as the very expression of her liberty!
(Bella) may try to rise above her situation, as a NON ESSENTIAL OBJECT by radically assuming it! (But in her subjugation to Edward, she becomes the very NON ESSENTIAL OBJECT she despised)
Because of her dream of ANNIHILATION*, when a woman (Bella) gives herself to (Edward) she hopes he will give her possession of herself and the universe he represents.
Note: (enclosed names or phrases) and the capitalization's of specific words were added by "The Reading Bear" and not by De Beauvoir.
* De Beauvoir's belief that ALL women have a natural desire for "ANNIHILATION" is confusing even to "The Reading Bear." But the Bear, does remember that De Beauvoir carried on a lifelong polyamorous relationship with Jean-Paul Sartre. (Pictured together above) And that could explain where the love of death concept originated.
The photo of the bust above, is of a women who changed the world. Ms. Harriet Beecher, 4scngh.
** "Uncle Tom" refers to one of the most influential novels of all time "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Written by the American heroine Harriet Beecher. Ms. Beecher lived for a while in a "slave state." The publication of her novel caused an absolute sensation, because it allowed Northern men and women with good hearts, to understand what it really must feel like to be a slave. And it was read by virtually every literate Northerner.
Professor Buttons said to tell you that: "After people read, that the slave master had ordered a heartbroken Tom, to tie a rock around his beloved dog's neck and throw him into the pond, to save a couple of pennies. There was no stopping the American civil war"
When Abraham Lincoln was introduced to Miss Beecher, he said: It is my honor to meet the "little lady" who started the GREAT BIG war! An "Uncle Tom" really doesn't adequately describe De Beauvoir concept of non feminists women, since she feel that they are even weaker than Uncle Toms, since (in her opinion) they literaly run towards their "LIFE TIME ENSLAVEMENT." During her day, 1949, about 95% of all children were born in wed lock. And divorce was a very, very rare occurance. In America today more than 40% of all children are born out of wedlock. If she were still alive, as a philosopher, she could fairly say, "My philosophy has almost won !"
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