“Cro-Magnon Karma: One Dude and his Body Image Issues” is a poorly structured essay emphasizing far too much on its title, focusing largely on one man and his insecurities, stumbling across a point of bias in society that appears far beyond the conscious capabilities of the author, Chris Godsey, and taking what may have been the intentional purpose of his composure and transforming self-defense into self-ridicule. Godsey dotes upon personal experiences that, rather than emphasizing such as pathos should, drag out the focus of the essay. Due to a mixture of compare/contrast of three different subjects: society then and now on men, society then and now on women, and the societal relationship between men and women today, the conclusion of each statement by Godsey instills an overwhelming fear of looking to the next cluster of words rather than an eagerness to see what he may say next. The essay bluntly begins “Brad Pitt is a beautiful man,” (Godsey 115). This frank phrase may have been purposed to grab attention, and it does, but in a somewhat negative fashion. Godsey jumps to immediately defend himself and his level of masculinity. “I’m actually in pretty decent shape…” (Godsey 116). “…my body’s not bad…” (Godsey 117). This particular behavior may cause one to think that this a trick, that perhaps Godsey isn’t as confident in himself as he is going to play throughout the essay. He follows with pages of personal examples to justify why men have always been required to disguise insecurities and then snaps with muted hostility to explain the unfairness. “…men aren’t “supposed” to have such concerns,” (Godsey 116). Godsey eventually brings up women and “common knowledge” of insecurities and image issues. “What I’ve been saying (and believing without realizing it) is that male value ultimately depends on reducing women to physical symbols of masculine superiority,” (Godsey 121). He makes continual references to the suffering...
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