"Not a War on Women, a War on Critical Thinking and Democracy

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Eng 102
September 20 2012

A comment regarding "legitimate rape" made by U.S Republican Senator Todd Akin aroused extreme controversy amongst the country. Especially with the election right around the corner, such a degrading and insulting remark referring to a highly sensitive subject is more than likely to be magnified under the spotlight. With Akin claiming on national television that rape in many circumstances is not always legitimate and that the female body "has ways to try to shut that whole thing down", a great deal of the public felt insulted and taken aback. Even with quick apologies and attempts at correcting his inexcusable words, he could not move fast enough to compete with the media. The media moves faster than the speed of light when controversial matters arise. The democrats also wasted no time hanging onto Akin's every harsh word, and the flare-up definitely had furious responses appearing from all over. Even the GOP distanced themselves from his comment; it seemed that no one stood by his side through this matter. One demonstration of the public responses to this was an online article written regarding the recent news, "It's Not a War on Women, It's a War on Critical Thinking and Democracy". Soraya Chemaly, the author of the article, showed no hesitation to voice her fury over his statements. Chemaly argued against Akin's claim about legitimate and illegitimate rapes through the use of a heavily sarcastic tone; she reached out to the public with a unique and distinctive voice as well as a personal, informal and conversational tone. In addition to these unwavering strategies, Chemaly obtained utmost amount of ethos that enabled her to make and extremely persuasive and convincing article in favor of her position upon the matter.

Chemaly jumped right into her harassing of Akin. She focused on the ignorance and injustice of his words, and how what he said was degrading to women. Her expressing of how she felt toward the entire matter was...
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