Frequent question: What did Simone de Beauvoir do for feminism?

Is Simone de Beauvoir a radical feminist?

Like many feminists, she was highly critical of the traditional nuclear family. However, her solution was undoubtedly a radical one as she favoured abolishing the family unit altogether. She was also a staunch advocate of the ‘politics of sameness’ in which equality could only be achieved via an androgynous ideal.

Did Simone de Beauvoir sleep with her students?

In 1938, the 30-year-old de Beauvoir seduced her student Bianca Bienenfeld. A few months later, Sartre slept with the 16-year-old Bianca in a hotel room, telling her that the chambermaid would be surprised as he had already taken another girl’s virginity the same day.

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