Burkett What Makes A Woman

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In her online article “What Makes a Woman” (2015), Elinor Burkett asserts that the trans society should not reduce being a woman down to the genitalia and that a woman is created through the experiences she endures in her lifetime. Burkett supports her claim about what creates a woman by presenting the reader with evidence taken from trans-genders who are fighting against women’s rights and goes to challenge them by sharing her view on the topic. Burkett’s purpose is to dissipate the undermining of women’s characteristics by silencing their experiences in order to generate awareness of what a woman’s identity is. She has a young adult audience that is aware of current events in the trans-gender movement in mind because she writes with a tone…show more content…
She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a doctorate in Latin American History. She also received a master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published by elite publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Harper’s Bazaar. Burkett was also a professor at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism for 13 years. She has a prominent level of education and is an elite journalist. Burkett has passionate beliefs in feminism and woman power. Many writers agree with what Burkett lays out in her “What Makes a Woman?” article. Jaclyn Friedman “find[s] so much of the nature versus nurture argument about trans-ness a snooze, for reasons Burkett herself articulates in the essay” (Friedman). Barbara Cohn Schlachet believes Burkett’s article was “brilliant” and feels the same way about the social constructs of trans-genders (Schlachet). Dana Beyer, however, disagrees with Elinor Burkett and believes that she “knows nothing” about the experience of being a woman “pre- and post- transition” (Beyer). Elinor Burkett is very honest about how she feels about the trans-gender movement. She lays out the current events and tells the readers how she feels about them. Burkett is a direct writer and does not alleviate the position on the nature versus nurture
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