Talk:Simone de Beauvoir

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Not born a woman[edit]

The quote here says,

On ne naît pas femme: on le devient.
     • One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

If this is an excerpt from an official translation, I must say it's awkward sounding ("One is not born"? Oh, so we get here by transporter beam maybe? "Born, but rather becomes..." Wh-huh? Oh, I see; we hit woman and then have to pop everything off the stack back to not and reparse, while distributing woman into the first clause; sure, no problem...") and it varies too much from the original. It ought to say this:

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

I googled the latter, and there are plenty of references for it that way. I don't know if Wikiquote is required to choose a translation issued in book length, or can opt for another one, but the current version is leaves a lot to be desired. Mathglot (talk) 08:34, 23 May 2018 (UTC)