I tell the story of my tattoo - what it means to me, what it means to be a woman with a tattoo and the history of tattoos. This paper argues that commercialized beauty – plastic beauty - is not only a system of control, but a way society silences women. It highlights “the rebellious use of tattoos as a form of radical feminist self-identification”. (Megan Jean Harlow, 2009). Through this memoir, I hope other individuals better understand what it means for women to have a tattoo and how it relates to gender, women and sex.
There is a definite devaluing of women and their contribution to their families, community, and society. Each of these stories brings awareness to the reader, which in turn can fuel the inner workings for change to occur. This can be achieved by providing a need in women to be and feel confident in themselves, their abilities and contributions. CABALLERO Caballero has many examples of women at different positions within the family and how those positions and roles that are placed on them are designed to define them. These roles and positions can in essence trap them or free them.
Brandi Graves Ms. Stubbs English 1301 15 October 2013 Woman in Advertising Jean Kilbourne an award winning author and educator who is known for her lectures on the effects of how women are objectified through the media. In her article “Two Ways a Woman Can Get Hurt.” Advertising and Violence; Kilbourne paints a picture of how women are abused, and objectified. In the article she uses pictures to show how advertisements portray women and girls. A closer look at this article is necessary to show how important it is to know what women go through just to please other people and to be labeled as a sex icon. Kilbourne uses brand names such as Calvin Klein and DRAKAR a men’s cologne.
Book Review References The Courage to heal Bass, E. & Davis, L. (1988) Harper & Row, Publishers: New York In this book, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis directly address this growing problem of each survivor in a careful and personal way. They seek to find out where these abused women are in their healing stage or if they have reached the first step in the healing process. This book focuses on the ability and efforts from the beginning to the ending of survival strategy of child sexual abuse. Each stage is explored from deciding to heal to finding a resolution and starting over. Ellen Bass states that when the women felt that she could understand their stories, more women opened up to her.
Nasca Riverbend’s description of her life in Iraq before and after US’ invasion differs drastically from United States media representations of Arab woman and US government rhetoric regarding war on terror. Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq discusses the war in Iraq and daily life in the perspective from an Arab girl, “Riverbend.” Women throughout history of all races and ethnicities have dealt with hardships or oppressions at large; however, the United States has gained a false pretense as to the “oppressions” Arab women have faced before the war. By grouping all the countries in the Middle East together and thinking the problems and customs were identical, United States has gained false view of what women in Iraq are really going through.
Kincaid Rhetoric In Jamaica Kincaid’s short story “Girl” the author uses pathos, logos, and ethos to keep her readers engaged throughout the text and depict how gender is constructed in this specific society that “Girl” is set in. Emotional and logical appeals give the audience insight on what it is like to be a woman in this specific society and illustrate that these characteristics that make up a women are learned not something girls are born with. Underneath the long list of duties the story is composed of, there lays a greater meaning. This meaning can be seen as the construction of gender roles and the expectations that are placed upon women in the society. Kincaid’s uses anaphora to appeal to the reader’s logos.
In spite of the international awareness about this problem and the declared willingness of the states to fight gender-violence, young girls and women continue to serve as the target of violence. Authors Kim Gandy, Leonard Pitts, and Erica Goode go beyond the surface of the problems and explore the shocking reality behind violence against women, utilizing statics and real life accounts to submerge the reader into the uncomfortable reality of the society women live in today. Overall, the most effective articles of the whole unit utilize pathos and logos, presenting daunting statics and facts as well as real examples to create an effective and convincing argument for the reader. Some arguments rely solely on the appeal to the emotion, they and tend to use very selective sources of examples that society considers unacceptable, to raise anger and frustration to gain the support of the reader. Applying facts and statistics, objective articles used logos to
Friedan brings emotion and anger to the plight of women in her era of feminism, highlighting a political issue that remained out of the spotlight for far too long. Modern feminists can learn a lot from Friedan as a pioneer for women speaking out for what they believe despite it being unpopular. Though her work mainly discussed the feelings of white middle class women, her work led to a more comprehensive study of oppression on multiple levels, called intersectionality. Though not a politician herself, Friedan was able to take steps towards bringing on meaningful political change, a problem many women are still facing today especially in the abortion debate. Friedan and Gilman’s work have formed the touchstones for the current feminist movements and will continue to play a huge role as women work to advance their rights further in the coming years.
An In-Deep Understanding of “Mother Tongue” In the essay “Mother Tongue”, Amy Tan accomplishes in three things simultaneously: she appeals the audiences emotionally by providing the pictures of the experiences between her mother and her; she shows the struggle of cultural racism that her mother and she go through without pointing out directly; and she puts some odd things into the essay and make it expressive. Amy Tan’s essay is very successful because she writes in her personal and “easy to read” style. Without the special English she uses in her writing, we may not easily understand and accept her ideas. Tan writes about that she has grown up with using different kinds of English: the English she learned in school and she uses in public, and the English she uses in speaking with her mother, which is described as the “broken” English. Moreover it comes to her sense that language is not only a communication tool but also an essential thing in enabling individuals to define their identities.
It is specifically directed to a young female audience, with the purpose of creating consciousness and awareness to these girls and showing them that no matter their age or their gender, there is always a way to fight for rights and equality. Before writing this text I investigated about Malala and discovered important facts and quotes, which helped me a lot to the creation of the speech. It was a really interesting exercise because I had the chance of combining what I felt with Malala’s point of view. Through this speech I learned about different atrocious cases that had a great impact on me; this impact is reflected in this text and expresses my emotions and certainly my opinion about the problematic. The speech is written in first person through a formal tone, however there are some informal expressions, which are essential to show the sincerity of the content.