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Sex, Love, and LettersWriting Simone de Beauvoir$
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Judith G. Coffin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501750540

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501750540.001.0001

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Sexual Politics and Feminism

Sexual Politics and Feminism

(p.203) 8 Sexual Politics and Feminism
Sex, Love, and Letters

Judith G. Coffin

Cornell University Press

This chapter covers letters to Simone de Beauvoir simmering with grievances about stifling marriages, constrained choices, the grind and boredom of housework, the absence of contraception, serial pregnancies, criminalized abortion, and the affective burdens of family throughout the 1960s. It recounts the French legislature that legalized contraception, women that swelled the ranks of labor unions, and books on the female condition that filled bookstores in 1967. It also mentions the explosion of student radicalism and enormous general as the most distinctive features of France in May 1968. The chapter discusses that feminism transformed and renamed women's liberation, which emerged with immense force in the aftermath of this movement. It highlights the movement of the French press called the Mouvement de la Libération des Femmes (MLF) which emerged in 1970.

Keywords:   Simone de Beauvoir, marriage, contraception, labor unions, student radicalism, feminism, women's liberation

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