I Want A Wife, By Judy Brady Essay

1087 Words Dec 1st, 2015 5 Pages
In an essay by Judy Brady, the author asserts that husbands (men) expect wives to cater to their needs; therefore, she too wants a wife to do the same for her. Brady supports her claim first by explaining how a wife should keep track of household duties; second, by explaining how a wife should take care of physical needs; and third, by explaining how a wife must satisfy sexual needs. Brady’s purpose is to illuminate the hardships of the “perfect wife” in order to raise consciousness for women’s equality and create social change in American society. Based on her purposeful use of anaphora, catalog, and pathos, Brady is writing for the feminist community of 1972 so that they may spread the word to the misinformed woman. In her essay “I Want a Wife,” Judy Brady starts off with an anecdote explaining her reason for writing this essay. She begins to explain that she, too, would like to have a wife, which raised eyebrows during this time (1972) because homosexuality was such a taboo subject. “I want a wife who will work and send me to school. And while I am going to school I want a wife to take care of my children...” Before reading this quote, people thought she was talking about being homosexual; but after this quote, people realised that she was explaining what she (man) wants the “perfect wife” to do. This quote is the start of men and women being stereotyped at the exact same time. In a similar way, Brady uses catalog and anaphora to explain what she wants her wife to do…

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