A Woman 's Place By The New York Magazine

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The passage I have chosen to write about is “A Woman’s Place?” an article published by the New York Magazine that focuses on interviews from seven esteemed female chefs about their views on how they are treated in the culinary industry. These are not the main stream female chefs you see on television like Rachel Ray, but chefs that are actually in the kitchen day in and day out. In the interviews they are asked questions about working in the kitchen and how it is different being a female their among a male dominated industry. The reporter also asks them to recount several memories in order to generate emotions from both the readers as well as the others being interviewed. As the interviewer questions these highly accredited guests, multiple strategies are employed like the use of pathos, logos, and some ethos to create a strong argument that woman are treated differently than their male counterparts. Ethos is commonly used in articles in order to ask sensitive questions without being too blunt. The reporter asked a multitude of questions to the women, all of whom were hesitant to answer in the beginning. The questions were then altered in order to bring out more controversial issues like,” Why aren’t there more women chefs in New York? Is it harder to raise money as a woman?”(pg 429, paragraph 5). The questions used were pointed towards sexism in order to draw out answers that they may not have given if he did not push for them. This use of ethos led the woman to tell how some of their male counterparts are not too fond of sharing the kitchen with a female, no matter how well trained she is. With how the reporter structures said questions and answers, this puts emphasis on how the women all feel like they are being oppressed by t... ... middle of paper ... ...old routines. By doing this they can keep making their most esteemed dishes better and better. Overall, this article firmly states how biased the culinary industry in relation to gender. Males are more respected mainly due to their male status and women are sidelined. The reporter uses pathos, logos, and ethos to strike this harsh truth home. The article brings to light how many great and revered male chefs are most often inspired and moved by a woman’s cooking. He puts the spotlight on this unfair mistreatment of some of the world’s greatest chefs and highlights how things need to change. There is virtually no difference between many male and female chefs, but they are looked at in different perspectives bases on gender. These conditions are immoral and require immediate action, action that the people need to push in order to create equality in the culinary world.
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