Most abortion arguments discussed today revolve around the premise that a fetus is a human being at conception. In Judith Thomson’s essay, “A Defense to Abortion”, she argues on the topic of abortions. She defends the mother’s right to choose what happens to her body on the assumption that a baby becomes a human at conception. In the argument, she gives the famous Violinist analogy. I will argue in this essay that her argumentative analogy is not sound because of the difference in social importance.
In the ever-changing world of science, in vitro fertilization has taken fertility to another level. In “Test-Tube Babies: Solution or Problem?” Ruth Hubbard describes just how in vitro fertilization works and the many risks factors the procedure brings with it. Hubbard gives her audience statistical evidence of women with unsuccessful pregnancies then follows it with historical evidence about the first women to ever receive in vitro Louise Brown in July, 1978. Although one might conclude that Hubbard would support in vitro she makes a shocking statement “But as a woman, a feminist, and a biologist, I am opposed to using it and developing it further.” Using rhetorical appeals Hubbard attempts to convince her audience that we should not support
In the essay “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History,” (1999), Jennifer Price details the natural history of American culture and its pretentious ideals, while criticizing Americans for their frivolity during the 1900’s. Price illuminates her ideas by utilizing colorful diction, irony, alliteration, and a pink flamingo as a symbol of American destructiveness and superficiality. Utilizing pop culture references, Price’s purpose is to highlight American culture for being obsessed with trends and commercializing them instead of appreciating the genuine beauty within them. Price’s ostensible audience are American people to whom she addresses in a satirical tone while poking fun of for being ignorant and materialistic. Price commences her essay with a critical tone and colorful diction to ridicule the flamboyance when pink flamingos “splashed” into the fifties market.
1960’s Counterculture dictated the drugs the unknown author used, the places she stayed, the people she met, her views on authority, and even the phrases she used. The biggest and most notable examples come from trademarks of the movement itself. In Go Ask Alice the unnamed character finds herself in the middle of the 1960’s counter culture movement. The impact 1960’s counter culture has on
One of the most famous arguments against the pro-life position is Judith Thomson’s “Violinist Analogy,” in which you, the reader are attached, against your will, to a famous unconscious violinist in order to prevent his dying from a kidney ailment. There have been many articles written about the Violinist Analogy. In her 1971 essay, “A Defense of Abortion” Thomson makes several other arguments against the pro-life position. In this paper, I will look at the entirety of her essay and suggest reasons why it may not stand up to scrutiny today.
In the 1950’s, the first birth control pill was created by Margaret Sanger as an attempt to combat unsafe forms of abortion. Unfortunately, with the creation of proper birth control came the creation of the stigma around its use. This stigma is ending the lives of women all around the world. When women are shamed out of getting help, there is the possibility they will attempt to help themselves
The women had to bear with the childbirth complications such as permanent damage to their bodies and lacerations which made subsequent births even more painful. Working class women did not have the opportunity to recover after childbirth because they were expected to resume work and domestic chores along with caring the newborn baby. None of the contraception prevention methods of the nineteenth century (aside from infanticide and abortion) were significantly effective and none of them were new. Withdrawal by the male, duct suppositories, and douching were around in precedent days and customary in the nineteenth century. In 1838 diaphragms and condoms were created with processed rubber but were not advocated for by most of the spouses as a birth control method but for preventing contraction of venereal diseases.
Abortion is a very controversial topic that has taken the main stage in US politics once again. Recently, new Republican politicians have taken power and have decided to ban abortion. There are two fields of ideas on abortion. One being that it is the murder of an innocent fetus, and that it is completely unethical. The second school of thought is that abortion is a right for women, and that it is ethical.
Prior to the Roe v. Wade decision, women were forced to resort to unsafe, illegal abortions. Often times, these procedures were performed by untrained individuals in unsanitary conditions. As a result of these illegal procedures, thousands of women died or were left physically harmed. In addition, unsafe abortion increases the risk of complications associated with subsequent pregnancies. Modern abortion procedures performed by trained professionals are generally safe and rarely cause any harm to the woman.
The Yellow Wallpaper, A Feminist Text According to Charlotte Perkins, the author behind “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the text was written in response to Silas Weir Mitchell’s infamous rest cure. The rest cure was established during the late 1800’s and prospered the most in the United Kingdom, and the United States. This cure was intended to treat neurasthenia, hysteria, and different forms of nervous illnesses, but it was ultimately used as a remedy for anorexia nervosa. Although this treatment was designed for both sexes, it alluded to women more than men. With that being said, if Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell’s rest cure were to be applied and followed today, it would most certainly cause havoc and earn a protest in response.