What does it mean to claim that biology is not destiny?
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Beauvoir famously writes, “One is not born but rather becomes a woman.” Young also takes up this question. What does it mean to claim that biology is not destiny? How does Young challenge the idea that biology is destiny? Do you find her argument compelling? Why or why not?
In the “Introduction to the Second Sex,” Beauvoir criticizes the notion of the “eternal feminine.” In what ways does Young build upon Beauvoir’s discussion of femininity? What is femininity, according to each author?
What do the various modes of feminine bodily comportment that Young discusses share in common? Where does Young locate their source? Do you find her argument compelling? Why or why not?
What conclusions does Young draw from her observations of differences between male and female bodily comportment? In what ways is her project feminist?
Is Young correct in her assessment of feminine bodily comportment? If so, what should we do? If not, why not?
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