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To make oneself object, to make oneself passive, is very different from being a passive object: a woman in love is neither asleep nor a corpse; there is a surge in her that ceaselessly falls and rises: it is this surge that creates the spell that perpetuates desire.
 Simone de BeauvoirThe Second Sex (1949). copy citation

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Translated by Constance Borde and 
Sheila Malovany Chevallier
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