Saudi women driving rights rhetorical precis

Saudi women driving rights rhetorical precis - Dowd’s...

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Dowd, Maureen. “Camel’s Nose Under the Wheel?” New York Times 14 June 2011. 25 October 2011. <> Jennie Chang Period 1 10/26/11 Maureen Dowd, in her column, “Camel’s Nose Under the Wheel” from the New York Times (14 June 2011), argues that women in Saudi Arabia should have the right to drive. She supports her position by referencing “a grown-up woman,” who was found “crying like a kid in the street” because she was trying “to get home to her 5-year old son” and “couldn’t catch a cab or get away from male drivers harassing her as she walked alone” and was afterwards, “put in jail for a week” and “forced to sign a document agreeing not to talk to the press or continue her calls for reform;” Dowd also mentions how ridiculous it is that “ladies can fly above but not drive on the street” and that women might as well result in “driving camels.”
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Unformatted text preview: Dowd’s purpose is to call attention to how such a mediocre “right” is barred from Saudi women. She appears to be writing to men with political power who are capable of removing the “issue” of women not being able to drive. I found this piece to be very successful due to Dowd’s use of analogies, argumentative examples, and casual reasoning. Her entire article is written with a firm tone, and almost disbelieving and sarcastic style, due to her unquestionable and logical reasoning that the issue of women not being able to drive, shouldn’t even be an issue because it is just that commonsensical of a matter. Also, Dowd plays with the audience’s ethos, pathos, and logos with her example of a worried mom—left crying and harassed in the streets—who couldn’t get home to her 5-year old son as well as her logical example that if Saudi women can fly planes, they should be able to drive....
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