Rhetorical Analysis : The Sexism Of School Codes

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Rhetorical Analysis: “The Sexism of School Codes” In Zhou, Li’s article “The Sexism of School Dress Codes,” she explains how the dress codes are diminishing children's self-esteem and, is mostly sexist towards girls as well as the LGBT community. To reach a wide audience including students, parents, and high school administrators, she relies on a wide variety of sources from high school students to highly credited professors. Zhou creates a strong argument against strict dress codes and encourages audience to take a stand against out of date dress codes that schools implement, using the rhetorical tools ethos, pathos, and logos to advance her argument.
Zhuo uses pathos at the opening of her argument by giving an anecdote about a girl in high school named Maggie Sunseri who experienced, as well as witnessed discrimination for the way she and her female peers dressed. This makes the reader feel sympathy for girls as well as creates anger in the reader towards the district. Zhou continues to build on these two emotions with other anecdotes throughout the article. She describes a high school prom in South Jordan, Utah, where she talks with another high school student named Cierra Gregersen. She explains Gregerson’s experience at her prom where girls weren’t allowed in because the didn’t meet dress code standards. Zhou quotes Gregerson saying ‘“Girls were outside the dance crying hysterically,”(Zhou, 2015) to continue making the reader feel sympathy for the girls in this situation. She also builds anger in the readers to help motivate them to stand up against school boards. She does this by villainizing many teachers and other school employees when she quotes teachers and principals from schools stating sexist remarks such as “boys will be boys”( Zhou, 2015) and “dressing sexy is “asking for a response” (Zhou, 2015) to show the male entitled environment schools produce. Zhou not only builds sympathy in the reader for girls, but also transgenders and gays. She describes how transgenders are also being negatively impacted. By giving a few more examples that cover more than just how girls are affected Zhou is able to impact more readers, creating anger and sympathy in them. She also begins to use ethos
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