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REDEFINING WOMANHOOD

Keywords: Sexuality , Gender , Subaltern , Self , Other.

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One is not born, but rather becomes a woman – this thought provoking statement of Simon de Beauvoir in her book The Second Sex is the starting point of this paper. What goes into the making of a woman, what factors are at work in the conceptualization of womanhood? The paper critically focuses on the various modes of woman identity and sternly advocates the sexual autonomy for woman in order to achieve a conclusive woman identity.

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