<i>Simone de Beauvoir's</i> Desperate Housewives

Linnell Secomb

in Philosophy and Love

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623679
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671854 | DOI:
Simone de Beauvoir's Desperate Housewives

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This chapter discusses Simone de Beauvoir's reflections on love that are read alongside the USA TV series Desperate Housewives. Interpreting Desperate Housewives through and against Beauvoir writings exposes the continuing subordinated situation of women in an era convinced that it has at last attained, or is certainly moving quickly toward, women's full equality and freedom. Beauvoir's The Second Sex became a founding text for second wave feminism. In The Second Sex, Beauvoir elaborates how women have been held to a life of immanence. She insists that women retain an ambiguous freedom, within the limits of her concrete situation, to reject her subordination and to seek authentic love. Desperate Housewives concentrates on the surface performances of love and on the impact of earlier love stories on current love relations. The Second Sex, She Came to Stay and Desperate Housewives all disrupt the romantic visions of love.

Keywords: love; Simone de Beauvoir; Desperate Housewives; The Second Sex; feminism; women; She Came to Stay

Chapter.  7809 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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