Simone de Beauvoir & Jean-Paul Sartre

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre meet at the Sorbonne University in 1929 where they both study philosophy: its the birth of a fruitful and inspiring collaboration as well as a liberated relationship. The couple has a pact: no marriage, no children and multiple affairs although Jean-Paul Sartre once declared Sartre cannot conceive itself without Beauvoir, nor can Beauvoir without Sartre- nothing must come in the way of their intellectual destiny. Simone de Beauvoir who truly desired to escape her family environment is enthralled by Jean-Paul Sartres disrespectful domesticity standards. However to what extent was Simone de Beauvoir free? She who wrote Le Deuxième Sexe - a feminist manifest - undertakes the role of a tout who tests the submissive young women she then delivers to her partner and hides her own homosexuality. Theres a kind of perversion in the way they both tell each other all about their sexual liaisons in front of a drink at the Café de Flore - yet the pact was respected for fifty years: their work is celebrated and their personal story concealed.

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