I don't see anything un-tender about _The Second Sex_, odd as that may sound. It is fierce, but it is fierce for decency. Are you suggesting (I really can't tell) that to be tender a woman must accept essentialist self-definitions as "the feminine"? And I don't see any response here for why using "negro" or "man"-as-generic is not decent. But neither is.
Ich heise Dunkel. In the US during WWII, that was not, apparently, a good thing. I love it now, but as a child--when it was the name I used--I disliked it. It was "Die Lorelie" that changed my feeling. (Die Luft ist Kühl und est dunkelt) Aber Ich bin nicht ein dunkelmann. I would not appreciate being called that by everyone who disliked Germans. I think I have the right to choose my own naming.
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am 09.04.2006 23:53 Uhr schrieb Nancy Gish unter [log in to unmask]:
> As for das Ewigweibliche, for god's sake, read deBeauvoir
Thank you for the hint, my dear Nancy, but imagine -- I did! ;-)
Take a look at "Une Mort très Douce" (for your benefit translated awkwardly
into English as "A Very Easy Death"), where Simone describes the passing
away of her mother. It arguably ranks among her best works and depicts her
in a wholly different and tender light.
"But I got to get used to not living next door to Alice (Schwarzer)"