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Jorge ThompsonEng. 101Cone SmithEssay #45/3/13Are We Our Own Bodies?I was interested in many of the essays within Section 4, titled “Are We Our Bodies?” Of these pieces, I chose to analyze “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” by BrentStaples, “Male Body Image in America” by Lynne Luciano, as well as “Looking at Women” by Scott Russell Sanders. While exploring this section, I quickly became exposed to many of the flaws in our society due to stereotypes, discrimination, sexual harassment and other terrible facets that occur on a daily basis. These events are extremely detrimental to the social fabric in American society and culture because they have come to oppress many individuals based on race, gender, sexuality, and ever increasingly, appearance. It is unfortunate that we live in a world that has become so concerned with personal image as opposed to one’s personality,character and integrity.I first read Brent Staples’ essay which consisted of the stereotypical interpretations of black men in America. This piece raises much concern because our country is supposed to have come a long way since slavery was abolished and African
Jorge ThompsonEng. 101Cone SmithEssay #45/3/13Americans have obtained civil rights. The fact that individuals in society still think less of African Americans and often foist hatred, doubt, and even despair their role in society is extremely alarming. In the context of this essay, Staples incorporates personal experiences that he has encountered throughout his life, in which he has been profiledand often imposes fear on others solely because of his skin color. He begins the essay with a bad experience in Chicago where a woman noticed him walking behind her, sped up, and eventually fled the area out of discomfort and fear. The most attention drawing comment in my opinion was when he stated, “Icould cross in front of a car stopped at a traffic light and elicit thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk, of the driver – black, white, male, or female – hammering down the door locks.” The word thunk is used as onomatopoeia to inflict a harsh tone,