This article, written by Jessica Valenti, discusses the accomplishments and present goals of third wave feminists. She incorporates her own personal input and experiences to provide the reader with deeper insight about Anita Hill and the broader topic of sexual harassment.
She begins the article by establishing a time period based on her own age. This decision expresses an informal style that breaks away from the traditional ‘professional journalist’ style. As a female, Valenti incorporates her own personal emotions, pathos, to draw the reader in. In some ways, she also utilizes ethos because, as a female, she has been affected by sexual harassment and she also explains her discovery of feminism and her decision to engage in the women’s movement.
Valenti goes on to prove that sexual harassment continues to be a major issue in the United States even with seminars provided by corporations. She points out that the media is quick to blame the victim instead of evaluating the more serious problem of sexual assault and rape. She references an article in the Wall Street Journal about a graduate student that had been raped and beaten to death. She also lists another article titled “Listen up, sweetheart, buy the ticket, you take the ride” to show another example of victim-blaming. This use of logos with the two examples is simple and satisfactory in pointing out how the media approaches these cases. Perhaps more examples would have been more effective, but too many could also be overwhelming.
The last two paragraphs express optimism and acknowledge Anita Hill’s courage to speak out. Valenti lists a few organizations that demonstrate how young people have begun to address the issue of sexual harassment. She connects this new generation of the women’s movement with Anita Hill and how cultural progress is slow, but steady. Valenti’s balance between optimism and realism creates a sense of hopeful persistence that resonates. The length of the article was long enough to emphasize her point and yet short enough that it was not too detailed.
However, I believe that more context about the Anita Hill hearings would have strengthened the introduction. I also think that her use of a cuss word in the conclusion was slightly unnecessary and could be considered mildly offensive.
Overall, Valenti efficiently connects Anita Hill’s hearing and the issue of sexual harassment to demonstrate how it continues and how this generation is handling it.