Mary Fisher Whisper Of Aids Speech Analysis

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AIDS activist Mary Fisher delivered her “A Whisper of AIDS” speech on August 19th, 1992, to a Republican Houston audience. Just before, the AID’s epidemic had ravaged the United States, fueling widespread panic and discrimination. Throughout her speech, Fisher described the impact the disease has on infected and bystander alike, and her call to action from the Republican political leaders in office, to take a stand against the negative connotations subjected to people who have the disease. Fisher’s successful use of pathos, logos, and ethos allowed her speech to be effective, particularly due to her appealing to all citizens, establishment of AIDS facts, and basis in credibility. First, Fisher’s use of pathos is most evident when she says she …show more content…
The use of contraceptives has split the United States, creating fear and secrecy to escape the pro-life groups that are based in ethical and moral concerns. Primarily aimed towards information-seeking women of the time, Margaret Sanger delivered her “Morality of Birth Control” speech on November 18th, 1921. In it, Sanger From the start, Sanger sets up the use of ethos by taking into account the varied opinions of people, whether they were in positions of higher authority or average citizens, to come to an objective conclusion of the topic. Logical reasoning is applied by Sanger when discussing the approach of morality being a function of human conduct, setting the stage for her call to action. This response is channeled through her plan for radical change, denouncing the lower, ‘reckless’ class, and advocating for national responsibility and knowledge of birth control. Despite its controversial and blunt nature, Sanger’s speech is effective in readying men and women for the proposed positive effects of using birth control, not only for the individual’s morality, but also for the nation’s, as …show more content…
From discrimination in the workforce, to established settings for both males and females, gender inequality has played an important role in uprooting reform efforts. On September 20th, 2014, United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered a speech to explain the full extent of the gender inequality problem. Watson expressed that men are equally placed into stereotypes just as women are, but are unable to display their true emotions, primarily due to established gender normalizations. Watson also used her platform to establish the “HeForShe” campaign, which advocated for equal freedoms to be given to both genders. Watson’s use of ethos establishes her past, which sets the precedent that she is aware of the situation and is able to convey the potential degradation both genders can face because of gender normalizations. Watson successfully used logos to define the true definition of feminism due to its corrupted connotations associated with the term. Extending from this, Watson also presents the statistics revealing men are as much a victim to gender discrimination as women. As a result, Watson presented future statistics, which posed a strong argument of the increased dangers of gender inequality if it is continually unaddressed. Watson evokes pathos from the audience when repeating the

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