Simone de Beauvoir described The Second Sex as an exposition of ‘the pervasiveness and intensity and mysteriousness of the history of women’s oppression‘.
It is so mysterious to want to suppress women. It is even more mysterious when women want to suppress women. I can only think we are so very powerful that we need to be suppressed all the time. Anyway, like James Baldwin had taught me, I had to decide who I was and then convince everyone at the party that was who I was, but unfortunately in this phase, I was whistling in the dark. I had to survive my losses and find some rituals to celebrate them.p. 49