Critique of What I've Learned from Men

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Critique of What I've Learned from Men

In Barbara Ehrenreich's article "What I've Learned from Men" she discusses that women can learn a lot from men. How the lack of toughness in a woman's personality can negatively affect their progression and position in life. The author also discusses how some of the "ladylike" qualities can prove to be hindering to progress. Barbara's article is persuasive because the writing style was appealing, the evidence was logical, and the article was well structured and easy to follow.

The article's extreme sarcastic and humorous tone helps transmits the wanted concept, unlike most feminist articles which consists of redundant repetition of needed freedoms, mistakes and needs. A great example of this humorous approach is how the writer avoided falling into the "ladylike" category by saying, "We're still too ladylike. Let me try this again- We're still too damn ladylike" (Ehrenreich, 2005, p.308), using a swear word (damn) to break the existing female stereotype. The sarcasms was emphasized in the introduction, where countless differences between the genders have been listed, such a light hearted start give a sense of acceptance of what is to come.

On a more serious note, the article discusses, with evidence, important issues. How women think it is their responsibility to "niceness" attitude in a conversation, and how this alleged responsibility negatively affected the author first hand. Another issue is sexual harassment; the writer speaks from personal experience as she explains the story of the professor that sexually harassed her over the course of a 20 minute conversation; where she did not react as she was maintaining "nice" environment (Ehrenreich, 2005, p.308). Such a story appeals to logic, one may wonder, "How can highly educated prestigious professor react in such an unethical manner?" Examples like this indicate that change must take place to...
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