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As used by the French writer Simone de Beauvoir, the concept of ‘the Other’ describes women’s status in patriarchal, androcentric cultures. Whilst men are ‘the One’ (in other words, beings in and of themselves), women are ‘the Other’, beings defined only in relation to men. A woman, de Beauvoir wrote, is ‘defined and differentiated with reference to man and not he with reference to her; she is the incidental, the inessential as opposed to the essential. He is the Subject, he is the Absolute – she is the Other’ ( 1997: 16).
de Beauvoir’s ideas on women as the Other were set out in The Second Sex (first published in English in 1953). Drawing on the philosophical arguments of Hegel and Sartre, de ...