Beauvoir argues in the introduction to The Second Sex that woman has been defined as the Other in relation to man (but man is never defined in relation to woman). She writes, “She is defined and differentiated with reference to man and not he with reference to her; she is the incidental, the inessential as opposed to the essential. He is the Subject, he is the Absolute- she is the Other” (16). But unlike groups of people who have also been treated as the Other, Beauvoir argues that women have accepted this position. What argument(s) does Beauvoir offer in favor of this claim that woman is defined with reference to man? And how, according to Beauvoir, is woman’s position as Other unique, leading her to accept her subordinate position?