Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' The ' I 'm A Woman '

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ARGUING WOMAN On June 6, 2015, Elinor Burkett wrote a piece about how the transgender movement is affecting feminist movements in “What Makes a Woman?” . The argument specifically targeted Caitlyn Jenner in response to the interview by Diane Sawyer, “I’m a Woman”. In the interview, Caitlyn Jenner speaks of her newfound womanhood and how she sees herself as a woman both in body and mind. Elinor Burkett, though, disagrees. In “What Makes a Woman?”, the rhetor makes an ethos argument declaring transgenderism does not mean feminism.
Elinor Burkett begins her main argument with the claim, “I have fought for many of my 68 years against efforts to put women — our brains, our hearts, our bodies, even our moods — into tidy boxes,” (Burkett). With the number sixty-eight in the reader’s head, Elinor Burkett has just made her case on authority. She claims since she has been a female for sixty-eight years she has the authority to speak on this argument, but that is not her only way she establishes her ethos. In the quote, she also uses the word “our”. The audience are more likely to believe her claim now because she has included herself into the argument. It is not only about someone or something because now this issue affects her and stating that because it affects her, she has the authority to write about it, but that was only her intention. Other people might garner from it a different perspective. Instead of believing she is an authority on this piece, she may lose credibility…

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