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Communication: Rhetorical Criticism Example

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Madonna at the Grammy Awards

Her Statement

Researching Madonna's Text/Rhetorical Criticsm

What she said:

"A world that refuses to celebrate women after the age of 45."

"....needs to punish her if she continues to be strong willed, hard working and adventurous."

"Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny."

What are some of the questions this text raised for me:

Are women called out for calling out ageism and misogyny?

Are critiques ot a woman's appearance ageist and misogynistic?

What happens to women who stand up to the patriarchy?

Isn't this what Madonna does?




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