If it is said men oppress women, the husband reacts indignantly; he feels oppressed: he is; but in fact, it is the masculine code, the society developed by males and in their interest, that has defined the feminine condition in a form that is now for both sexes a source of distress.
 Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1949). copy citation

Author Simone de Beauvoir
Source The Second Sex
Topic women oppression condition
Date 1949
Language English
Note Translated by Constance Borde and 
Sheila Malovany Chevallier
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