Ashley’s Blog Entry: Simone De Beauvoir

But in accordance with the universal rule I have stated the categories in which men think of the world are established from their point of view, as absolute: they misconceive reciprocity, here as everywhere. -Beauvoir

     The tendency to assign women idealized tropes perpetuates the myths of women. I think one of the most obvious tropes (that I notice, anyway) would be the prescriptive virgin/whore dichotomy. A woman seems to only be able to occupy one idealization, or the other. This is the case for the women characters in Oscar Wao. Lola and Beli are completely sexualized, typified women who Yunior, the narrator, does not describe in any other way. Who they are, and what they become is always described in junction with some sexual activity. Like Beauvoir says “her language is not understood”, and this seems especially true for Lola and Beli who are, more often than not, epitomized sexual beings. How can this hyper-sexual male tell the stories of two women (that is a mystery of the entire narrative)? Furthermore, if Beli and Lola were written by women, how would they tell their story?

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