The Men We Carry in Our Minds Sanders - Gender Reading Essay

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Readings:

Any one short story in Unit 3:

Cheever, "The Swimmer"

Boyle, "Filthy with Things"

Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues"

Walker, "Everyday Use"

Sanders, "The Men We Carry in Our Minds"

Morrison, "Recitatif"

Alexie, "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"

One or two scholarly journal articles that you’ll find through research

The second paper assignment asked you to think about how one text shapes your reading of another text. This assignment asks you to continue to develop that skill, but to deepen it by bringing in outside research of your own. For your third essay I’d like you to locate one or two scholarly journal articles that will serve as the “lens” through which you analyze your chosen work of literature. Explain how the articles shape your interpretation of the work of literature. For example, do they help you to understand the issues that the literature raises? Or, do they show that these issues are more complex than the literature would lead us to believe? Or, do they challenge the argument made in the piece of literature? Or, do they support that argument?

Your essay must meet these requirements:

Do non-literary research: Please don’t look up literary criticism--for example, don’t use criticism that analyzes symbols or characters in the work that you choose to analyze.

Use scholarly sources that you find through research: Your paper’s grade will be reduced if you don’t use at least one scholarly If you’re not sure if your source is OK to use, please ask me.

Make connections between texts: Your paper must connect your research to the piece of literature that you’re analyzing. Don’t just describe what your research sources say.

Use quotes from the piece of literature and from each scholarly source that you use.

Have a Works Cited page: Your final draft must include a Works Cited page in MLA style. The Works Cited page does not count toward the 5 full-page length requirement.

Sources of assistance for this assignment:

Speak with a librarian at the RVCC library. See the library home page for information on how to do a live chat with a librarian, submit a question via the library web site, or schedule a one-on-one meeting with a librarian to discuss your research project.

The Academic Support Center (S020) can help you with any stage of the writing process. This is a free, drop-in service—no appointment is necessary.

Essay Requirements:

A minimum of five double-spaced pages

Criteria for a successful essay include:

A title that captures the essence of your essay

Well-developed introduction

Clear thesis statement in the introduction

Well-developed support for your argument (weave in quotes and analyze them)

Logical organization with topic sentences and transitions

Conclusion that adds a final thought

Few sentence-level errors (grammar, spelling)

MLA citation

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The Real Victims of Gender Conditioning
In “The Men We Carry in Our Minds,” Sanders challenges the notion that men have it
easier than women. The narrator, a Caucasian male, is having a conversation with a friend who
argues that it is a lot harder for men at the time than it is for women. Women, Anneke, the
narrator’s fried argues, have broken free from the oppression they suffered under a patriarchal
system. They attempt to recover the years lost in oppression by having it all with the support of
their fellow women. Men, on the other hand, carry the guilt of holding back women for
thousands of years and unlike women, they do not unburden themselves to their fellow men. This
perspective induces introspection in the narrator leading him to look back at his time growing up.
He realizes that gender roles oppressed men more than women which goes against the popular
belief that women had it rougher than men. This perspective is reflected in an article published
by the Poverty Issue of Agenda whose argument that sexism hurts both men and women serves
as the basis for understanding the story as one which presents a different approach to the
determination of the victims of gender roles.
In an article published by Agenda, Ira Horowitz argues that the gender conditioning to
which the society exposes both genders is equally dehumanizing to both men and women. This
conditioning stems from the common belief that men have it much better than women. The belief
holds on the surface since men seemingly have it all. They have the independence to choose their

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paths, both with regard to their careers and families, have more choices available to them,
occupy decision making roles both at work and in their families, and earn more money compared
to women. Furthermore, they have the power to control how the money is spent and...

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