“Since woman is an object, it is quite understandable that her intrinsic value is affected by her style of dress and adornment.  It is not entirely futile for her to attach so much importance as she does to silk or nylon stockings, to gloves, to a hat, because it is an imperative obligation for her to keep up her position in America a large part of the owrking girl’s budget is assigned to beauty care and clothes.   In France this expense is ligher, none the less the better showing a woman makes, the more she is respected; the mroe necessary it is for her to work, the more advantageous it is for her to appear prosperous, smart appareance is a weapon, a flag, a defence, a letter of recommendaiton….she shows herself into being.”

Simone De Beauvoir The Second Sex


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December 31, 2012 · 5:51 am

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