"That she is being tricked, many men have realized. “What a misfortune to be a woman! […]” says Kierkegaard. For a long time there have been efforts to disguise this misfortune. […] To forbid her working, to keep her at home, is to defend her against herself and to assure her happiness. We have seen what poetic veils are thrown over her monotonous burdens of housekeeping and maternity: in exchange for her liberty she has received the false treasures of her “femininity.” Balzac illustrates this maneuver very well in counseling man to treat her like a slave while persuading her that she is a queen.
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— Simone De Beauvoir, The Second Sex, p. 693