Batting Clean-Up And Striking Out Analysis

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There has always been a battle between the roles of men and women. Men are very different to women in many different ways. The essays that Fatema Mernissi wrote “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” and Dave Barry wrote “Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out” have the same baseline, but are different in their own ways explaining gender roles and qualities. The essays “Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out” and “Size 6: The Western Women’s Harem” are both similar, but their approaches are very different by one being humorous and the other being very serious. Dave Barry’s “Batting Clean-Up and Striking Out” has a very comical tone in comparing women and men. He states “The primary difference between men and women is that women can see extremely small quantities of dirt,” (239). Jokingly, he explains how women are basically too picky when it comes to cleaning, even when it’s only a little mess, which most of the time only the women can see. Barry gave a silly example about how if the men weren’t accustomed to do housework, the Pompeii situation would have never happened. As the essay goes on, he starts to explain how most women could…show more content…
Mernissi starts off her essay with story about a saleswoman telling her that she is too big for anything the store sold and that the “norm” is a size 4 or a size 6. All the magazines in America show skinny women who barely weigh a pound and look so young, which shows that the Western man wants “... to freeze female beauty within an idealized childhood, and forces women to perceive aging,” (255). Mernissi compares the weapon used against women in the West as declaring youth as beauty and to criticize maturity, and in the East as limiting access to public space. The serious approach Mernissi uses shows how personal her examples are and creates a big effect on the “weapons” used on

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