On my final paper, I’ll be working on the topic of woman and politics in the two texts We Egyptian Women by Inji Aflatun and The Second Sex(introduction) by Simone de Beauvoire. Both essays were published in the same year 1949. Although they belong to two different cultures and societies, both emphasize on the importance of the participation of women in political life to create a democratic society. Besides, by the time these works were published women hadn’t fully gained her political rights(although the situation didn’t really change that much now).
Study will start by giving a brief historical background about situation of women in both societies. Then, afterwards there’ll be a theoritical approach to the text using Marx and Althusser’s theories because both authors talk about this issue from a Marxist point of view and then the idea of feminism as ideology will be explored as well along with the influence of these texts on the territories where they were published and here the power of words through writing is revealed, which ofcourse brings to our mind our dear Derrida :S.
I really wonder why are women a threat to men in the political field? Isn’t democracy about equality between everyone regardless of gender between other issues or is politics excluded in this point?Why is it thought that just by voting we got all our political rights?Why is it always thought like Aristotle said”women are incomplete men“? why are we condemned to silence(somehow until now) in this specific male-dominated area?