Jessica Grose's Argument Analysis

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Women around the world never get a break from working so hard. One woman, author Jessica Grose, wrote “Cleaning: The Final Feminist Frontier,” published in 2013 by the New Republic. In her article, she argues that men don’t do their fair share of work in the household as do women. Grose builds up her credibility by using personal experiences in her life, citing statistics, and also using some emotional appeals. In her conclusion, she uses a pathos appeal but fails to strengthen her argument by using humor.
Grose begins her article by sharing a personal experience of household cleaning with her husband after a Hurricane left them stuck inside. She describes the unfair distribution of cleaning in her marriage. She states reasons men don’t clean:
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She comes to a conclusion that most of the ads for cleaning products are there to appeal to women. She states, “ According to 2008 study from these University of New Hampshire, only about 2 percent of commercials featuring men showed them doing domestic tasks.” She strengthens her argument by stating that the world as a whole looks as women as the cleaning lady.
These few statistics that I’ve stated logically support her argument that men do not do their fair share of chores. The detail and numbers all appeal to logos and allow the reader to better understand the problem being discussed.
Grose uses a pathos appeal effectively in the beginning and middle of her article. Her introduction is full of emotional words and phrases that give readers an emotional feeling. Grose says in the beginning that she “was nine months pregnant” and her husband found it difficult to “fight with a massively pregnant person.” The word description she uses helps the reader paint an image of the challenges a pregnant women faces and the unbalanced of high emotions from the hormones. She tries to get the reader to feel sympathy for her. Other words she uses are “invited,” “argued,” “not fun,” “sucks,” “headachey” and “be shunned”. All of these words provide negative emotions about cleaning, which helps readers sympathize with

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