The Thinking 

The Second Sex in France

October 22, 2012


AT, a Frenchman named Darcel vents about the aggression and self-centeredness of contemporary French women. The piece is short and roughly written (or translated), but he makes some good points. He writes:

French girls used to be famous for coquetterie,” a behavior that made them charming and above all lovable. Needless to say it’s not the case anymore. It’s seems that all the good old qualities that used to make a girl desirable as a mate as well as worthy of devotion and respect, have simply disappeared.

I believe that comes mainly from education or lack of it. As the matter of fact, most of the girls of my generation (born in the eighties) are the product of divorce. Between 40-50 per cent of French marriages end in divorce.

Simone de Beauvoir, the mother of French feminism and author of The Second Sex, said at one point:

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”

French women have followed in her footsteps. Even though they surpass women in earnings and accomplishments, men are the second sex in France now.

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