Essay on Comparative Critique

818 Words Oct 25th, 2011 4 Pages
September 27, 2011
Comparative Critique Draft of “My Problem with Her Anger” and “The Myth of Co-Parenting: How It Was Supposed to Be. How It Was” In the articles “My Problem with Her Anger” and The Myth of Co-Parenting: How It Was Supposed to Be. How It Was,” authors Eric Bartels, feature writer for the Portland Tribune in Portland, Oregon, and Hope Edelman, nonfictional writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Seventeen magazine, discuss the roles they play within their family and what the other partner is lacking. They express their discontent regarding their wives and the activities they perform domestically. Wives have an image of what they want their family to be like, but according to the
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Like most American wives, this is the common confession which underlies their irrational behaviour seen in housewives; behaviour such as buying things with their husband’s credit card. The natural spheres of husband and wife seem to be a posing threat within many families, despite their efforts to prevent it. Bartels shows empathy for husbands who have to deal with their wives irrational anger, even if they do domestic work. “I work hard to take pressure off her and have given up some freedoms myself since our first child was born... What gets me is how little credit I get for the effort” (329). Bartels believes that because he is putting aside ‘some freedoms’ he should be congratulated for doing more than most men. This offset the tone for his entire article because all of the information is how Bartels perceived the situation. The only direct quote from his wife is “Why is there still water in the bathtub” (329). The lack of perception verifies that the statements in his article are biased since they are only coming from Bartels. It is a good thing that Bartels is trying to do domestic work, but it is disheartening when he expects to be rewarded for something, which women do daily and much more of, because it is not normal for men to do domestic work. Both Edelman and Bartels articles were written with bias by being written with only one perception, but when the two articles are observed together, both sides of the same argument are

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