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Summary Of Fallacies In Paglia's On Date Rape

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Fallacies On the article On Date Rape, Paglia discussed what contemporary women should think about rape risk. She believes that even though women already won the freedoms, they still need to be aware about rape risks constantly, and keep themselves be safe. Because she thinks today males still are dominant on sex. This is a thought-provoking article. However, even though the author is an authoritative professor, there are still some fallacies and weakness in this article. At the beginning of this article, the author gave us one of her own experiences about chasing women’s freedom. On the first paragraph, Paglia said that “Throughout history, women have been chaperoned. As late as 1964, when I arrived in college, we had strict rules. We had…show more content…
But these young feminists today are deluded. They come from a protected, white, middle-class world, and they expect everything to be safe” (Paglia 144). According to this, the author believes today’s young women never be aware about dangers and think everywhere is safe. It’s a fallacy which is very similar as the previous fallacy. The problems are hasty generalization and poisoning the well. The author just used some examples she saw to represent all today’s young women. It’s not correct and convincing. It will also make young women readers angry when they saw this content. Because not all young women are same as the author said, and when they read to here, they will strongly disagree with the author, so that effect the next reading. On the forth paragraph, the author gave us an assumption, “My point is that if your car is stolen after you do something like that, yes, the police should pursue the thief and he should be punished. But at the same time, the police-and I-have the right to say to you, ‘You stupid idiot, what the hell were you thinking’” (Paglia 115)? The author tried to use this assumption to reflect girls should be aware, otherwise the girls have faults. It’s a fallacy which includes many problems. This fallacy includes straw man, personal attack and false analogy. First, it’s a straw man fallacy because it’s totally an assumption made
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