Scott Russel Sanders' The Men We Carry in Our Minds Essay

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Scott Russel Sanders' The Men We Carry in Our Minds

In "The Men We Carry in Our Minds," Scott Russel Sanders tries to show how his views on men are completely different from the views that some women hold. He traces the problem to the country surroundings of his youth. He explains that the men he observed as a child were completely different from the men whom most women might observe. The differing viewpoints between him and the women he met in college caused him some grief. However, it was not so much an issue of gender, but an issue of class.

The very first men Sanders reports having seen, apart from his father, were the convicts and guards from the prison. He writes about the large contrast between the roles of toilers and
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First, there were soldiers he saw at a military base, whose seemingly leisurely profession, he suggests, consisted of waiting to be used in battle. The other exception he mentions was his father, who managed to obtain an office position, rising from his former job at a
"red-dirt farm." Sanders says he could not find it imaginable that anybody he knew could ever become one of the "men on television—the politicians, the astronauts, the generals, the savvy lawyers, the philosophical doctors, the bosses who gave orders to both soldiers and laborers…." These professions were all very far off.

Sanders writes that he received a scholarship which allowed him to attend college. There he tells us that he met many women who thought men were hoarding all of the delights of the world. Sanders explains how he could not understand their thoughts. He writes about how he could not see any pleasures that the men he knew of were hiding from women. It seemed the opposite to him. Sanders informs us that as a youngster, he even admits to having had envy for women. According to him, they held interest in the arts, did not have to pay bills, and most importantly, did not have to go to war. Sanders admits now to conveniently ignoring some truly significant disadvantages of being female, such as the realization that a home can become like a prison. Sanders tells how these new girls he met, on the other hand, were able to

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