Mary D. Fisher, American political activist and contracted HIV through second husband. Fisher was invited to speak about her speech “A Whisper of Aids”, on August 19, 1992 at a Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas. The speech was spoken during a time when HIV and AIDS were killing many people around the world and those people who contracted the disease were rejected by society. Fisher addressed the Republican Party to ask them to increase the awareness about AIDS in the United States. She states in her speech that anyone who is infected with the virus should not be discriminated against because they are just like everyone else who isn't infected with the virus.
Individuals sometimes keep hurtful, embarrassing situations and memories as secrets from their loved ones for their own protection. In the book titled “ The Color of Water.” James McBride writes his life story as well as a tribute to the life of his white Jewish mother. In the story, there are many secrets that exist and the burden of them tears people and relationships apart. The theme of the burden of secrets is displayed throughout the novel in Ruth’s inability to openly discuss her past to anyone because she is hurt and wants to protect her family. There were many secrets in this book for instance Ruth’s sexual abuse by her father, when Ruth became pregnant by Peter in Suffolk, Virginia and of Ruth’s racist father all were very sad memories that she did not want to tell anyone about.
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” this quote by Jackie Robinson reminds me of an article I recently read by Kathryn Jean Lopez titled “Egg Head”. In this article she uses rhetorical situations and strategies as a way to persuade and inform her readers, young women of the dangers of IVF (in-vitro fertilization). By using pathos, ethos, logos and the STAR method I will explain how Lopez expressed her views on the situation. Pathos refers to emotions, creating a response out of your feelings. Kathryn Jean Lopez makes a statement about her concerns.
Racism in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Imagine your mother, sister, wife, or cousin was diagnosed with cervical cancer and you believed the doctors were doing everything in their power to help her. Only later you discovered her cells were used for research without consent and she was not properly informed of the risks of her treatment due to her race. This story happened and is told by Rebecca Skloot in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot use of narrative and her writing style enhances the understanding of the story. Henrietta Lacks was a young black woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer at John Hopkins Hospital.
I chose to write my Cultural Reflection assignment on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This book is about a young African-American woman, Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells played an important role in medical research since they were collected in 1951. When Henrietta was in her early thirties, she felt a lump on her cervix and decided to go to the doctor when she started experiencing unexplained vaginal bleeding. This doctor tested the lump for syphilis, but the test came back negative. He instructed her to go to the gynecology clinic at John Hopkins, which was the only hospital within miles of her home that treated “colored” patients.
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator is suffering from postpartum depression. The narrator 's husband John, who also happens to be her physician, prescribes the rest cure to help lift his wife of her depressive state and ultimately heal her depression. However, the rest cure does not allow the narrator to experience any mental stimulation. Therefore, to manage her boredom the narrator begins obsessing over the pattern of the yellow wallpaper. After analyzing the pattern for awhile, the narrator witnesses a woman trapped behind bars.
Fisher effectively convinces her audience that AIDS does not define a person and that these people deserve protection from society through the use of metaphors, meaningless words, emotional appeals and statistics. Fisher begins her speech to the Republican party and struggling families by discussing how widespread the struggle of silence is for those infected and her own experiences of being shut out due to her disease through the use of a metaphor. In which she employed a serious tone appealing to the emotions of those affected by the disease when saying “I asked the
Just as the feminists played on the fear of not being able to control one’s own body, the fundamentalists play on the fear of an unknown religion, very much reflecting society today. The fact that Atwood described what was occurring at her time, before any of the major terrorist attacks of the 20th and 21st century occurred, supports the idea, not only that Atwood used The Handmaid’s Tale to discuss human cyclicality, but that this idea is a universal one not subject to specifically her writing. Continuing with the idea of cycling societies, the Republic of Gilead is no unique government, and Atwood knows this, and does this on purpose. She models the nation after the Puritanical societies that also dominated New England centuries earlier, using this as a comment on how everything eventually comes back around, and that humans hardly change as much as it seems. What’s more are the many parallels drawn between how women are treated in Gilead, and how slaves were treated.
Pro-Choice feels that the women’s civil rights are being violated by not having the choice to decide for themselves. Pro-Life side, one that feels that every life is a miracle and deserves the chance to live. This side stays on the course that all lives matter and deserve the chance to live. Pro-Life argues that taking the life of another is not accepted in any society, they argue the side effects of abortions, and they argue that adoption is an alternative to abortion as
Rather, she talks about a global gender discriminative vision seen around the world, that feminists must fight against in order to make it disappear. Yet, lebanese women 's approach on this issue is very negligible. Even though she has come across many victims of gender abuse and knows that it is very common, the author thinks the response to a call to fight will be diminished by the cultural barriers created by Arab society and customs. Lebanese women must bring those down before they can be heard. Thus, she thinks the “14th of January march” is a good start, but will not be enough: Lebanese discriminated persons still have a long way to