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Les amants du Flore (2006)

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Lorànt Deutsch (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Anna Mouglalis (Simone de Beauvoir)

man is defined as a human being and woman is defined as a female. Whenever she tries to behave as a human being she is accused of trying to emulate the male…
Simone de Beauvoir

Bitches have some or all of the following characteristics.

1) Personality. A Bitch occupies a lot of psychological space. You always know she is around. A Bitch occupies a lot of psychological space. You always know she is around.

2) Physical
Bitches move their bodies freely rather than restrain
They clomp up stairs, stride when they walk and don’t worry about where they put their legs when they si
They have loud voices and often use them. Bitches are not pretty.

3) Orientation
Bitches seek their identity strictly thru themselves and what they do. They are subjects, not objects.
they never marry anyone or anything;
They are independent cusses and believe they are capable of doing anything they damn well want to
If something gets in their way; well, that’s why they become Bitches
If they are professionally inclined, they will seek careers and have no fear of competing with anyone
Whatever they do, they want an active role and are frequently perceived as domineering.
More often they are accused of domineering when doing what would be considered natural by a man.

A true Bitch is self-determined, but the term “bitch” is usually applied with less discrimination.
It is a popular derogation to put down uppity women that was created by man and adopted by women

Like the term “nigger,” “bitch” serves the social function of isolating and discrediting a class of people who do not conform to the socially accepted patterns of behavior.

BITCH does not use this word in the negative sense A woman should be proud to declare she is a Bitch, because Bitch is Beautiful. It should be an act of affirmation by self and not negation by others. Not everyone can qualify as a Bitch

What is disturbing about a Bitch is that she is androgynous.
She incorporates within herself qualities traditionally defined as “masculine” as well as “feminine”.
She disdains the vicarious life deemed natural to women because she wants to live a life of her own.

Our society has defined humanity as male, and female as something other than male.

Our society has defined humanity as male, and female as something other than male.
In this way, females could be human only by living vicariously thru a male

To be able to live, a woman has to agree to serve, honor, and obey a man and what she gets in exchange is at best a shadow life.

Bitches refuse to serve, honor or obey anyone. They demand to be fully functioning human beings, not just shadows
They want to be both female and human.

if taken seriously, a Bitch is a threat to the social structures which enslave women and the social values which justify keeping them in their place.

Men create a special category for her in which she is accounted at least partially human, but not really a woman.

Neither men nor women can face the reality of a Bitch because to do so would force them to face the corrupt reality of themselves.

Bitches are not only oppressed as women, they are oppressed for not being like women

As Bitches begin to take jobs, or participate in organizations, they are rarely content to sit quietly and do what they are told.
A Bitch has a mind of her own and wants to use it.

Those who are fortunate enough to have grown up with some similar companions, understanding parents, a good role model or two and a very strong will, can avoid some of the worse aspects of being a Bitch. Having endured less psychological punishment for being what they were they can accept their differentness with the ease that comes from self-confidence.

Those who had to make their way entirely on their own have an uncertain path. Some finally realize that their pain comes not just because they do not conform but because they do not want to conform
With this comes the recognition that there is nothing particularly wrong with them they just don’t fit into this kind of society

the confidence gained in this painful manner

Bitches who have been mutilated as human beings often turn their fury on other people — particularly other women

They are threats to the traditional woman’s position and they are also an outgroup to which she can feel superior.

Most women feel both better than and jealous of Bitches.

While comforting themselves that they are not like these aggressive, masculine freaks, they have a sneaking suspicion that perhaps men, the most important thing in their lives, do find the freer, more assertive, independent, Bitch preferable as a woman.

They are always slightly afraid they will crush the fragile things. Women are trained to be passive and have learned to act that way even when they are not.
A Bitch is not very passive and is not comfortable acting that role

Most of the time Bitches must remain psychologically isolated.

Those who violate the limits, extend them; or cause the system to break.

By definition Bitches are marginal beings in this society

They are women but not true women. They are human but they are not male.

Like most women they were taught to hate themselves as well as all women

Written in the fall of 1968, this paper was first published in Notes from the Second Year ed. by Shulamith Firestone and Anne Koedt, 1970.


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