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A radical dimension of normality: Beauvoir as diviner of masculine madness in ordinary men


Honeywill, R, A radical dimension of normality: Beauvoir as diviner of masculine madness in ordinary men, Sapere Aude, 3, (6) pp. 29-48. ISSN 2177-6342 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Simone de Beauvoir witnessed Hitler‟s Nazis systematically murdering six million European Jews, as an unremarked second genocide excluded Woman in the Western cultural imaginary. Ever prescient she divined this eruption of masculine madness not as something exceptional but as the surface condition of masculinity, of ordinary men capable of unordinary acts. For centuries endemic patriarchy subjugated and oppressed women, but ordinary men argue that the exclusion and oppression of women, and particularly the violence inflicted on women, is not their fault: that nature or biology, reason or rationality, a beast stirring beneath their consciousness, makes them do it. Beauvoir divined this as the radical dimension of normality, men, ordinary men, doing unthinkable things.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Simone de Beauvoir; masculinity; oppression of women.
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Honeywill, R (Associate Professor Ross Honeywill)
ID Code:98856
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-03-05
Last Modified:2015-08-11

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