Professor Eva Fuchs
Ethos, Logos, Pathos: Rhetorical Analysis
In the article “Distorted Images: Western Cultures are Exporting Their Dangerous Obsession with Thinness,” author Susan McClelland’s mainly focuses on how many young women idolize the women they see on T.V. The media is making many women feel as if they need to look a certain way to fit in with the world. Also the fact the western culture is spreading to other countries is a big issue because sicknesses, like bulimia, were not an issue before. Many women in other countries are starting to look at the women in the United States and want to be just like them. In this article, the author says that television, magazines, and media show young women that they need to be tall, skinny, and white to be successful in finding a job or even a love life. Throughout the essay, the author showed professional knowledge on the topic she was writing about, evidence from other sources, and the use of emotion; this article was strong and persuasive toward McClelland’s argument. In this essay, Susan McClelland showed great use of ethos, she discussed the research she did to prove her argument was correct, she discovered how women in the poorer countries differed from the women in the United States who had television and media. She noted that women in Africa don’t have to worry about their weight; what they seemed more concerned about was their skin color. These young African girls wanted their skin to be white. They thought being white was “better.” Susan McClelland found out that some women bleached their skin in order to look white. This is a big issue because bleaching skin is very hazardous to someone’s health. The author’s point in putting this story in, was to show that body image isn’t just about weight; it can be anything about your physical appearance. The author, also researched and found out that in medieval times, women would fast in order to be skinny. Their...
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