Moreover, we say that women think with their glandshowever this is a biased point since we are completely ignoring the fact thatmen also have glands like the male sexual organs. A natural relation has beencreated with the male human body and the world that created an objective pointof view of man that identifies woman as an obstruction that is brought down byits particularity. Anne Campbell comesto make the point that recently the modesty and bashfulness of women has beenproven fictional.
Furthermore, she affirms that for a man coitus is somethingthat will allow him to boost his health and strength however for a woman a favourablereproduction is something more than that. She is responsible and committed forraising a child from the moment she becomes pregnant. In addition, she makesthe statement that the female is the default sex.1 Aristotle affirmed that theidentification of a female is brought upon by virtue of a specific absence ofcharacteristics and that the female nature should be viewed as distressedhaving also a natural deficiency.
St Thomas used the words ‘imperfect man’ and’incidental’ being to describe a woman. The autonomy of the female species is disregarded since humanity islinked with man and thus man presents woman as related to him and not inherself. De Beauvoir categorises woman as the Other and man as the Subject.2She explains that the One cannot come into existence without the Other and thatthe idea of the Other is primitive. The female species makes up half of thepopulation but even then femininity is facing a crisis. Women are urged andencouraged to reflect to the conditions of being a woman, remain and becomewomen.
Definitely, not every female identifies herself as woman and in order tobe a woman, females are meant to fit the criteria of the endangered phenomenonof femininity. Do the ovaries hide this kind of feature or is it maybe aPlatonic essence? There are women whoeagerly make attempts to embody this essence however it cannot be absorbed. Simonede Beauvoir, explains that humanity is manifested by man and that the womanstrays from the path of the human norm by the having the virtue of being awoman. This implies that women are frequently struggling to find the balancebetween humanity and femininity. 1Campbell, A. (2013).
A mind of her own.2Levinas, E. (2014).
Le temps et l’autre.Paris: PUF.