Women Subordination

Beauvoir claims that women have never come to form a collective subject capable of saying ‘we,’ and that this is an important factor in their subordination as a group to men. Explain Beauvoir’s arguments for her position, and her account of the factors preventing the formation of such a collective subject. Then, consider whether they still hold, especially in light of Haraway’s suggestion that social conditions in the decades after World War II have enabled the construction of a “collective historical subject in process” for women. Finally, consider Beauvoir’s argument in relation to the view that one finds among liberal feminists and others that the ultimate goal of a feminist political project should be an androgynous position. Does Beauvoir’s collective subject seem compatible with that or not? Explain.