Walking in Simone de Beauvoir’s Footsteps

What the Existentialist Author Can Teach Us About Body Positivity

Most photographs of Simone de Beauvoir show her seated, typically in a café, often writing or enjoying a cigarette.

What’s less well known is that the twentieth-century philosopher and novelist, best known for her groundbreaking feminist book The Second Sex, was also an avid hiker.

Her walking habits, like those of other philosophers (think Thoreau or Nietzsche), are well worth discussing since they…