The representation of the world as the world itself is the work of men; they describe it from a point of view that is their own and that they confound with the absolute truth.
The day when it will be possible for the woman to love in her strength and not in her weakness, not to escape from herself but to find herself, not out of resignation but to affirm herself, love will become for her as for man the source of life and not a mortal danger.
The curse weighing on marriage is that individuals too often join together in their weakness and not in their strength, that each one asks of the other rather than finding pleasure in giving.
The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and the outline for our projects.
Society codified by men decrees that woman is inferior: she can only abolish this inferiority by destroying male superiority.
Sexual pleasure for her, we have said, is a kind of spell; it demands total abandon; if words or gestures contest the magic of caresses, the spell vanishes.
No one is more arrogant toward women, more aggressive or more disdainful, than a man anxious about his own virility.
Man today represents the positive and the neuter—that is, the male and the human being—while woman represents the negative, the female. Every time she behaves like a human being, she is declared to be identifying with the male.