Abortion and men | Essay

In this essay, with help from the rhetorical pentagram, I will be analyzing the text “Men Cause 100% of Unwanted Pregnancies” by Gabrielle Blair, while focusing on her attempt to persuade her audience to agree with her opinion – as well as comparing the topic of the text to the book “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

On September 25th of 2018 Gabrielle Blair, Mormon mother of 6, wrote the article “Men Cause 100% of Unwanted Pregnancies” regarding the factors leading up to, and those re-sponsible for the majority of unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

Publishing an article to a news outlet like a website makes the communication between the sender and their audience a whole lot more direct.

Which can easily be seen, when reading the comments on the article. The topic itself is a conversation starter, and the medium is the ideal place to have that exact conversation.

Thereby the sender is way more likely to be di-rectly attacked for whatever their opinions might be. Though it doesn’t seem that Gabrielle Blair was entirely aware of that fact, when writing the article.

No, instead she seems cocky and demeaning towards her audience, and therefore also alienating towards those she may want to persuade. “Seems so simple, right? Oh. I remember. Men don’t love condoms.

In fact, it’s very, very common for men to pressure women to have sex without a condom.” (l. 58 – l. 60).

In this specific quote, as well as most of the whole article, she blatantly antagonizes the men, and breaks the fourth wall to directly address the audience

as she does countless times throughout the article, in an attempt to portray men’s stupidity, in a severely simplified and non-sourced claim.

The audience of the text, whether or not Gabrielle is aware, is most likely to be the incels and anti-feminists of America, searching to find a pathos-driven article to scapegoat as their opposing party.

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