Essay #4: Arguing a Point
The writing assignment:
You have three options for this paper:
- Roxanne Roberts: "In the Middle" (America Now pages 279-282)
- Elizabeth Aura McClintock: "The Psychology of Mansplaining" (America Now pages 288-290)
- Do the arguments being made by Roxanne Roberts or Elizabeth Aura McClintock come from a place of privilege or are they representative of women across racial and socioeconomic lines? What might change about those arguments made by a person of color? Or made by someone from a different socioeconomic background? Why?
- Alex Myers: "How #MeToo Taught Me I Can Never Be a Man" (America Now pages 303-305)
- Katha Pollitt, "Why Boys Don't Play with Dolls" (America Now pages 321-324)
- Pollitt writes that adults impose their gender "agenda" on children, perpetuating certain stereotypes and gender experiences. How does Pollitt's idea about gender connect to similar ideas in Myers's essay? In this essay, examine what the gender binary does to people, comparing the arguments of Pollitt and Myers.
- Jen Sorensen: "Patriotism vs. Nationalism" (America Now page 352)
- Jonette Christian: "Is Patriotism Obsolete?" (America Now pages 357-359)
- What kind of entity does Christian suggest would counter the elite's idea of "world citizen"? Compare her comments in paragraph 10 to the points made in the Sorensen comic. Would Christian agree with the distinction Sorensen makes between the terms "nationalism" and "patriotism"?
- The essay will be at least 4 pages long. (That's about 1320 words in standard format.)
- If the paper does not meet the minimum length requirement, it will be penalized. If you can't think up enough material for 4 pages, ask for help! Contact the Writing Center! Ask the instructor for advice!
- The final copy of the paper will be submitted through the drop box in the Blackboard folder for the due date.
- Peer editing: Bring two paper copies of your rough draft on this date:
- Monday cohort: Monday, November 16, 2020
- Wednesday cohort: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- Friday cohort: Friday, November 13, 2020
- Friday, November 20, 2020: Final copy of essay #4 is DUE!
This essay is worth 100 points.