Simone de Beauvoir at her little desk, Jean-Paul Sartre at his. The author of The Second Sex, among other books, she’s inspirational to me in so many ways. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” she famously wrote, and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s the most important feminist idea ever voiced. But she also wrote, in one of her memoirs, that when looking for an apartment, all you need is a fireplace to read by during the winter, and a balcony to read on during the summer. I’ve lived by that rule ever since.
— Guest Editor from BUST, Editor-in-Chief Debbie Stoller