There are a lot of reasons to admire Simone de Beauvoir, not least of which include her crusade to provide women with legal, safe abortions and her sexual anarchism. Similar to Emma Goldman, de Beauvoir practiced an open relationship with her long-term partner Sartre, and was known for her threesomes and bisexual affairs.
Of course, this "scandalous" behavior is now interfering with the forthcoming celebrations of her life in France. You can read the full story here.
Unlike some biographies and articles that try to paint Simone as a jealous lover (towards Sartre), this piece reveals that in fact it was Sartre who displayed jealousy more frequently, while Simone was committed to an open and honest relationship (Sartre wasn't so keen on the honesty bit either, apparently). Ah, Simone, so much more interesting than Sartre. Ah men who say they want an open relationship and then lie and cheat. But I digress...
Anyhoo, here's the photo that rocked France's intellectual circles!!
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