Analysis Of ' I Want A Wife ' Essay

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Sexism and Gender Roles in the ‘70s Judy Brady, in her tongue-in-cheek essay, “I Want a Wife”, uses irony in a few different ways to address the issue of gender inequality in the spectrum of gender roles in the 1970’s and serves as a tool to grab the readers’ attention. It is also used to add humor and to expand a judgment of a man’s perspective on gender roles. She illustrates a male’s perspective of women in that era and the irony that existed between a man’s expectations of women and what was expected of him. She uses irony to address the lack of empathy men had towards their wives in regards to needs and desires. She indicates the irony of a wife contributing so much, yet there is still a low value or importance of a woman in a marriage since she can easily be exchanged, should her husband find a suitable replacement.
From the title, one would think that the author is a man when it’s actually a woman. This method of irony is used in the title to surprise the reader and reel them in. In an attempt to open the eyes of male readers to how prejudiced, biased, and selfish their line of thinking is, The use of “I” is repeated, though she is speaking from the male perspective, this shows the selfishness and irony of a husband’s point a view. Brady writes An example of this is "I want a wife who takes care of the children when they are sick, my wife must arrange to lose time at work and not lose the job.”, “…because, of course, I cannot miss classes at school”, and “I want a…

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