Simone de Beauvoir Archive

Marriage as Domestic Imprisonment in Rachel Ingalls’ Mrs. Caliban

Author: | Categories: Critical Essays No comments
Nineteen years after Betty Friedan wrote Feminine Mystique, Rachel Ingalls published Mrs Caliban, a subversive fairy tale that just so happens to serve as a perfect allegory for the “woman problem” as conceptualized by second-wave feminism.

The Chapter in THE SECOND SEX Men Should Read

Author: | Categories: Reading No comments
Up until recently, I’d always stacked Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex on the same mental shelf as War and Peace and In Search of Lost Time—books unwieldy in size and densely written, requiring a nearly extinct attention span.

Our Matriarchs of Letters

Author: | Categories: Reading, Writing No comments
  Every year, the VIDA Count reminds us just how far women have to go in order to achieve gender parity in the publishing world. This Women’s History Month, let’s reflect on twenty-six centuries of firsts from women writers. From Ancient Greece to the Baltimore Uprising, these eight women

Hearing Voices: Women Versing Life presents Janice N. Harrington

Author: | Categories: Writing No comments
As a poetry editor at Prick of the Spindle, I find that poems about certain subjects, such as childhood, love, aging, and death, often lean too heavily on nostalgia, so that the language limps. In fact, I’ve been guilty of writing my own nostalgic poems now and again— and