Toulmin Analysis They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades (2001)- Barbara Holland

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Pilar Vizzo 11/01/2012

According to Barbara Holland, in the conclusion of her book They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades (2001), women have been allowed to have careers as a way to keep them busy so that they are not voicing their opinions on critical issues that exist or may arise. Instead of using their energies to participate in politics or law passing, they are occupied with keeping the “establishment” safe since keeping their jobs or careers has been imposed as a means of distraction and have them focused on keeping their jobs instead of speaking their minds in true liberty. Careers for women are another task added to the long list including, but not limited to: laundry, housework, and taking care of their children. After all the fights for equality, women still make less money than men in the same or equivalent careers.

Some of the grounds that Holland points out are: “Apparently, some of us are making more money than we used to make. Some of us may be getting more respect from the neighbors. Few of us seem to be having independent adventures.” Holland also states, in regards to women who have a career, “Does the congresswoman really have more fun than the barmaid or more freedom than the housewife? Probably she spends her days in dull meetings, drops of the dry cleaning, picks up some groceries, and spends her evenings with dull constituents.” And in regards to women’s careers being an entrapment, “The higher we rise professionally, the deeper the shackles bite.” “In the 1960s, ardent young women joined ardent young men clamoring for civil rights reforms, peace, nuclear disarmament, sexual freedoms, equality, offbeat religions, and legalized pot.” She continues with, “Late in the twentieth century, the restless, opinionated women found an outlet in energies in jobs, the kind of jobs described as careers, and this may the world safer for the establishment. Who would stand and shout on a soapbox when a senior partner...
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