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faludi + loffreda (final draft)

faludi + loffreda (final draft) - Bryan Mulligan Expository...

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Bryan Mulligan Expository Writing 101: Section JQ November 5 , 2007 Instructor: Nicole Kenley Xenophobia Change is not an easy thing for people to accept , especially societal change . For example when immigrants come from other countries to the United States it is hard for us to accept them because by doing so we must change our preexisting traditions . As a xenophobic country this is not something we are willing to accept . In “Selections from Losing Matt Shepard” by Beth Loffreda we see the xenophobic nature of the United States represented by the microcosm of Laramie , Wyoming . Laramie , Wyoming is a place associated with manly things such as cowboys , rodeos , etc . When Matt Shepard , a homosexual , challenges this masculine tradition of Laramie by simply choosing a different lifestyle and not conforming to the masculine traditions he is brutally murdered . The essay “The Naked Citadel” by Susan Faludi , explores a different microcosm of the United States in the form of an all boys military-styled academy named The Citadel . In this essay Shannon Faulkner applies to this academy , an institution where abuse and the degradation of women is an everyday occurrence . Shannon aggressively challenges the masculine traditions of The Citadel by not conforming to them . Non-participants can either be passive like Matt Shepard or aggressive like Shannon Faulkner however both types of non- participants challenge the masculine tradition by not conforming to it . Traditions are beliefs or customs that are passed on from one generation to the next . The goal of traditions is to preserve how things were in the past . In Laramie , Wyoming the tradition of masculinity has been passed down since the times of the western frontier when Wyoming was
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mainly populated by cowboys and farmers . A western man had to be tough , self reliant , rugged , and have other qualities that are “manly” in order to survive the elements and provide for his family . Even Wyoming’s state quarter reflects this tradition by having a picture of a cowboy riding a bucking bronco on the back of it . However because of our xenophobic nature , when people like Matthew Shepard choose not to participate in the masculine tradition , they are perceived as a threat .
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