What's the real problem (Supremacy Crimes)

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Accelerated Rhetoric 10-14-02 What’s the real problem? Supremacy by definition is supreme power or authority. In Steinem’s essay she discusses men’s ‘authority’ over women, or the lack there of. She also discusses what she feels contributed to this desire that men have. She discusses her views and supports her statements with actual accounts of this need for supremacy through murders. Steinem’s argument is that we teach our sons growing up to overpower women, causing them to have a desire and need to feel accepted by over powering others. She feels that the reason for these supremacy crimes is in how we raise our children. That, in this country, we raise our sons and daughters differently. Our sons learn at a young age that they should have power over women, Steinem says. She also states in her essay that ‘our’ in the media is read as white, middle-class, and heterosexual. “It’s our sons – and ‘our’ can usually be read as ‘white,’ ‘middle-class,’ and ‘heterosexual’” (Steinem 353). The use of language in an essay like this is extremely important. One aspect that helps her argument is her repetitiveness. Steinem makes her point once in plain words, then she can make her point severa Continue...


"The drug of supremacy is not their only root, just the deepest and most ignored one (Steinem 354). What exactly is the problem, is it what Steinem discusses in her essay, or is it something else Could it be that people that are mentally ill commit these crimes Could it be that these crimes are committed out of spite or revenge All or none could be true, who is to say what the 'correct' answer is and how to provide a solution. This does help her argument because it gives the impression that she has looked at the topic of discussion from all aspects and considered them all. If they don't get what she is saying once, she repeats it so they can understand more of it, or see more sides to her story and come to believe what she is saying. So is the question of who is to blame still unanswered Is someone to blame besides the killers themselves . This is to get the audience to trust her a little more. Edmund Kemper who started killing animals, then proceeded to his grandparents. She also made mention of Ted Bundy who tortured and killed almost 40 woman that were in a class higher than he was. After discussing different aspects of this argument, Steinem relates the definition of supremacy to her argument. Steinem states that we live in a society that is "...a homophobic one that empowers only one form of sexuality (354). This is a good way of making the reader understand what her point is. It is in our hands, and we have the power to change it. This way, the reader will remember the point she is trying to make and he or she will remember it as he or she continues reading the essay. David Berkowitz was another example she gave.