The Rhetoric of “We All Should Be Feminists” Novelist, Chimamanda Adichie lectured an audience on why we all should be feminists. Feminists are people who believe in the social, political, and economical equality of the sexes. Adichie describes a couple of times when she was called or implied herself to be a feminist. Adichie’s focus in the lecture was feminists but her main focus was feminists in Nigeria because that is what and where she knows. Some key points she made were that we should raise our children differently and that gender matters. Adichie 's intended audience would be someone who simply may wonder “Why should we be feminist?”, or anyone who wants to listen. Adichie interprets some effective rhetorical strategies like allusions, and a few analogies throughout the talk. Her humorous tone and anecdotes gave the audience that sense of trust and their laughter let her know that they were really engaged into her topic. She effectively described why she thinks we all should be feminists and how the world would be fairer for men and women. Adichie mentions a novel that she’d written about a man who beats his wife, along with many other problems whose tale doesn’t end too well. While promoting her book in Nigeria, a journalist that she described to be as “a nice, well-meaning man” that wanted to advise her. Humorously she said “for the Nigerians here, I’m sure you know how quickly we are to give unsolicited advice” referring that it is less likely for a Nigerian
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She wants her audience to see how much this means to women in society and how it is a dream for women. She wants them to see it is bigger than many things and not something to ignore. She is effective also in the sense that she is referring to MLK’s speech and thus showing the importance of her words she is stating. She also uses power in her tone to almost attack the values of the members on the International Olympic Committee. She does this by saying that the “IOC’s vote will be a fundamental test of its commitment to women and its own core Olympic values, particularly equality” (Finch).
In the article “Why Women can’t have it all” Anne- Marie slaughter describes the hardships of women in high powered positions that they face when trying to balance work and raising children. Slaughter also give her insight on what needs to be done in the work force and society for all working women to have equality. In Slaughter argument she lacks to support her stance with logos appeal; however, Slaughter demonstrate strong examples of pathos and ethos appeal. In the article Slaughter relies more on persuading her readers with emotions then with experts and statistics.
In her text, “Opportunities for Feminist Research in the History of Rhetoric,” Patricia Bizzell references historical figures along with personal experiences to discuss the lack of feminist research in the history of rhetoric and outlines three approaches that will help diminish the issue. Bizzell’s purpose throughout the piece is not only to make the audience aware of the issue, but to ensure that the audience understands the issue’s importance and the possible approaches that may be worth exploring. Through her work, she argues that there is needed research on women and rhetoric due to the fact that its history is overpowered by the “traditional white-male elite.” (50). Bizzell claims that three approaches worth exploring are to be “resisting readers” by noticing aspects of the canonical texts that were originally supposed to go unnoticed by readers, recovering female authored texts which employ traditional rhetorical strategies, and locating work by women that has not previously
Stephanie Coontz uses different ways to argue for her beliefs. Her article is written in a formal tone and the choice of words and phrases indicates a high education level. This is also expressed in her great use of numbers. Her main way of arguing is through logos, as she backs up her assertions with statistic facts numerous times. An example is when she compares how girls and boys have done in school lately.
Camille Yates Dr. Paige ENGL 1113 21 April 2023 Rhetorical Analysis Essay Unit #2 Bad Feminist is a book written by American writer Roxane Gay published in 2014 that became a New York Times Best Seller. Gay exemplifies her “bad” feminist traits and contrasts them with her “good” feminist traits. The purpose of this formal essay is to broaden the definition of what a “feminist” actually means. Many women do not fall underneath the certain opinions of what “feminist” would be. Gay discovers her definition of what a feminist is by utilizing her use of rhetorical appeals and elements that ultimately successfully contributes to her purpose in writing Bad Feminist.
Felicia Cadawas Professor Denise Craft ENG 112 26 April 2023 A Rhetorical Analysis of Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution College is a time in one’s life that is meant for furthering one’s education and becoming a successful part of society; however, it would be naive to believe that learning is the only thing that happens during someone’s college career. The traditional path to college is one that begins straight out of high school. At this point in their lives, the newly graduated students are finally getting their first taste of freedom.
In today’s world, it seems to be that women have the same rights as men, but it wasn't always this way. The speech “Women’s Rights to Suffrage” by Susan B Anthony is the most compelling of all. Susan B Anthony persuades the audience that all women should have the same rights as men. It’s shown through the speech that the federal constitution says “we the people”, the government has no right to take away rights from just one gender, and that women are considered people as well. The fact that the constitution says “we the people” is a primary point in this speech.
In her speech, “For the Equal Rights Amendment” Shirley Chisholm addresses her views on securing women’s equality to ensure women have better opportunities. She is an American politician, educator and author that became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress. Chisholm supports her claims about equal rights for women by using examples of statistics to prove a point. Her purpose is to persuade her audience that women in America are neglected by equal rights and excluded from things that men are not. Throughout her deliverance she expressed an inspiring and informative tone to uplift her audience so that Congress can make a change for women.
Rhetorical strategies are a variety of parts that make up an essay. The strategies include everything from explaining a process, to structure of writing. Whether the author 's purpose is to entertain, inform, or persuade, ultimately these strategies will strengthen not only the author’s purpose, but also the writing itsef. Typically when authors use these strategies, they are very precise to how they use them, and when deeply analysing a piece of writing, this is very clear. In Bell Hooks’ “Understanding Patriarchy”, she used rhetorical strategies to convey her purpose.
Then by appealing to pathos, she reminds the world of the horrendous events that occur every day as a result of the inability of girls to speak up for themselves. Finally, she ties in a sense of hope through a shift in tense, as to present that together, everyone can aid in the success of the program in the end. Overall, Michelle Obama’s speech unites the world in supporting the cause for not only a woman’s right to education but also the right to speak up against those who shame them for being a part of the female
Clinton attempts to use propaganda, empathy, and logic to present her point, that women to her audience, and succeeds at it. Overall, the speech is balanced in its argument style and use of rhetoric, such as the factors mentioned above. At this point, Clinton was not a New York senator yet, but only First Lady, yet she used her position to go to conferences, such as this conference, and speak out for women’s rights, as they are the same as human
In his exclusive essay for Glamour, titled “President Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”, former president Barack Obama shares his views as a feminist, as well as how it has impacted his life as a son, husband, father, and president. He states how growing up with a single mother, supporting his wife, and raising two daughters has inspired and formed his views as a feminist. Throughout his life, he has seen the progress of women’s role in society enhance over time and he claims that right now is an “extraordinary time to be a woman”. Though there is still room for improvement on women 's rights, our country has made great progress in the act of women’s rights, according to Obama. During his presidency, he admits that he was working on creating policies to further the equality of women and their rights.
In every relationship there is always an unequal relationship with the significant other. In the short story The Chaser by John Collier, Alan Austen who’s the main character in the short story goes to an old man to buy a love potion so this girl named Diana would fall in love with him. The basic principle states that men and women have a relationship that is unequal or oppressive. In the short story “The Chaser”, it shows feminist criticism by feeling unconfident, buying a love potion, and Diana’s treatment of Mr. Austen. My first main point of the story that touched on feminism was when Mr. Austen feeling unconfident.
Rebecca West once said, “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat”; feminism and other social issues are fundamental to literature, with them commonly being a driving force behind both modern and classic works of fiction. Feminism is everywhere, with women still fighting for gender equality in modern day Britain as demonstrated through Emma Watson’s United Nations speech which was broadcasted in September of 2014 where she differentiates feminism from ‘man-hating’. Feminism has developed considerably over time as general attitudes have been swayed through literature, political movements and women’s portrayal of themselves. In 1847, Charlotte Bronte released her novel ‘Jane Eyre’ which was viewed as very radical for its time as Bronte uses Jane to exhibit her resentment towards society. Jane is presented as a morally strong, determined character who, when she falls in love, embraces the notion instead of the label and profits which are associated with it; she states that she “cares for [her]self” and that “more unsustained [she is], the more [she] will respect [her]self” as she is not tempted away from her self-respect.
Introduction Hook: Since the beginning of time, the existence of women and men has been undeniably considered as one of the integral factors that forms our society as it is today. Despite their parallel existence and contribution to the growth of the society, it was considered that women were not treated equal to men both in domestic and working circumstances, leading to a wave of movements demanding equal rights for women, known as feminism. Despite its success in claiming benefits for mistreated women in the past, recent feminism actions and point of views have gone above their original purpose, and created negative impacts and false mindset as its consequences, 2. Credibility I have done some in-depth research about this matter to prepare for the speech, and I myself do not stand for contemporary feminist. 3.