July 9, 2014

 

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“THEY DECEIVE THEMSELVES WHO SEE HERE NO MORE THAN SEXUAL SYMBOLS:” Simone DeBeauvoir

“Man aspires to be at once concretely with the whole world, apprehended in all possible ways. To work the earth, to dig a hole, are activities as original as the embrace, as coition, and they deceive themselves who see here no more than sexual symbols. The hole, the ooze, the gash, hardness, integrity are primary realities; and the interest they have for man is not dictated by the libido, but rather the libido will be colored by the manner in which becomes aware of them. It is not because it symbolizes feminine virginity that integrity fascinates man; but it is his admiration for integrity renders virginity precious. Work, war, play, art signify ways of being concerned with the world that cannot be reduced to any others; they disclose qualities that interfere with those which sexuality reveals. It is at once in their light and in the light of these erotic experiences that the individual exercises his power of choice. But only an ontological point of view, a comprehension of being in general, permits us to restore the unity of this choice.”

Simone DeBeavoir, 1952: The Second Sex. Translation by H.M. Parshley.

Alfred A. Knopf, New York.

pp. 46

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