This article situates Simone de Beauvoir's involvement in the case of Djamila Boupacha, an FLN militant who was tortured by the French Army in 1960, in the context of the repeated revelations of torture in course of the Algerian War. Drawing on Beauvoir's writings on ethics and other contemporary denunciations of torture, the essay illuminates how Beauvoir worked to overcome wide-spread public “indifference.” By focusing public attention on the Army's sexually degrading treatment of Boupacha, Beauvoir figured torture as a source of feminine and feminizing national shame.
Ethics and Violence
Simone de Beauvoir, Djamila Boupacha, and the Algerian War
Margaret Andersen, Patricia M. E. Lorcin, Emily Lord Fransee, and Antoinette Burton
despite evidence that some feminists were aware of the particular trauma of nonwhite and formerly colonized women, like Simone de Beauvoir, who took up the cause of Djamila Boupacha, a member of the Algerian National Liberation Front whose rape trial was