Sexuality In My Eagle Scout, By Zach Wahls

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Zach Wahls argues that his values nor morals were negatively affected by the sexuality of his parents because he was raised just like any other Iowan. For the most part, Wahls’ uses effective persuasive strategies. In the very beginning of the book, he builds an emotional connection with the audience by using an example of a conversation he had with a nurse. The opposing side of his argument is also shown right away in the preface with the nurse.

The preface of the conversation Wahls’ had with the nurse really appeals to emotion and the idea that gay couples are not much different from straight couples because his family experienced the same struggles as any other family. The nurse comes to him asking about how to work with gay couples and
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He uses the fact that he was once an Eagle Scout to structure his book and argument. Each chapter of the book has a moral and a meaning. He uses this to support his claim that neither his morals nor values were negatively impacted by the fact he was raised by two moms. He starts the book off building his credibility. “It was around the dinner table that they prepared me for my Eagle Scout board of review, the final step a young man takes on his way to the highest honor the Boy Scouts of America has to offer.” (Wahls, 2012, p. 2). Sitting around the table as a family shows how his family is just like any other family. It also shows that he has good morals because he was an Eagle Scout, which is the most honorable level of Boy …show more content…
Logos is more based on facts and statistics. It was hard to use logos for his argument because he did not use any examples of studies etc. It does go both ways because like his argument that growing up with two moms had no negative impact on who he is, there is also no real evidence to support the counterargument. “It’s why I draw on support of scientific- not anecdotal- evidence in justifying my support of same-sex marriage.” (Wahls, 2012, p. 34). This is not very effective use of logos because his book is based on anecdotal evidence about gay marriage.

One way that I would say he used logos in an effective way is when he pointed out the hypocrisy of the opposing side.

Wahls (2012) President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA, a bill sponsored by then- Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich- who was carrying on an extramarital affair- and signed by President Clinton- who was later impeached for lying about an affair of his own- explicitly defined marriage, in the federal government 's eyes, as between one man and one woman, ostensibly to protect the sanctity of the institution. (p. 28).

This was very good use of logos and finding flaws and hypocrisy in the opposing sides counterargument against same sex

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