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The 51-Per-Cent Minority
Transcript of The 51-Per-Cent Minority
Strong word choice to portray point and argument. Ex: referring to Catholics rather than religious groups
Does not add any fluff or extra information
Provides a very serious and blunt tone. Ex: "the situation
going to get worse.."
1) This essay states that,
"Most women work at two jobs-one inside the home and one outside."
Suppose that at some time you and your spouse both have full-time jobs.
If you are a women, how much of the housework will expect your husband do?
If you are a man, how much of the housework will you expect your wife to do?
Anderson uses irony in her title “The 51-Per-Cent Minority”.
“What politician could possibly tell doctors to train each other and get along without all their high technology and trained help?”
She exaggerates the duties of doctors. "We believe a good doctor should instinctively know what to do or you're in the wrong job."
Repeats certain phrases throughout the essay. Ex: "No one would...", "As for.."
She gives several examples throughout the essay that would never actually happen, but are portrayed to prove a point
Methods Of Development
Ignorance of the government
Varied Sentence Structure
Most sentences are of
Anderson uses many long sentences in her essay to prove a point and explain.
Long sentences are included on
pg 139. para 12
which can add an overwhelming effect to the facts being provided.
Anderson also throws rare short sentences such as,
“Well it’s not.”
(p.139.9.2), which makes words seem more powerful and certain.
Implying that discrimination against women is overlooked
The 51-Percent Minority
refers to the manner in which an author chooses to write to his or her audience
“Does all of the above sound like some nihilistic nightmare where Orwellian forces have taken over? Well, it’s not. It’s all happening right now, in Canada.”
Point by Point:
alternate points with subject A with comparable points with subject B
“It would be called discrimination if a member of a religious group was beaten up, and the assailant would be jailed. But hundreds of wives get beaten by their husbands week in and week out, year after year. Some die, yet society acts as though it isn’t happening at all.” (140.15.4-7)
Between two reasonably comparable things.
the act of looking at things to see how they are similar or different
Common resolved discrimination
Overlooked discrimination of women
Do you agree the women have not used their voting power to best advantage?
If so, why haven't they?
How could they begin to?
Doris Anderson argues that women are still routinely discriminated against by comparing women to other minorities such as African-Americans and Quebeckers.
p.140 (15, 1)
p.140 (16, 8)
p.140 (16, 11-14)
More Discussion Questions...
1) When Anderson compares discrimination against women to discrimination against other races, religions, etc.
Do you agree that the discrimination is the same?
Why is discrimination the same/different towards different groups?
2) In order for discrimination to stop, something needs to change.
In the case where women are the victims, who or what needs to change?
The women? The politicians? The media?
Feminist Hilary Clinton
“For every $1 the rest of us earn, [Quebecers], because you live in Quebec, will earn 64 cents.” (138.3)
“Women workers earn, on an average, only 64 cents for every $1 a man gets - even though on average, women are better educated than men.” (139.12)
According to the essay...
Who is the 51% represented by?
2) Who earns less?
3) Women are valued the same as different races/religions.
4)What is offered to ethnic groups?
Jobs (child care)
Better language training courses
5) How many jobs do most women work (on average)?