Speaking Across the Divide: A Functional Grammar Analysis of Feminist and Masculist Reproductive Rights Rhetoric in the United States

82 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2010

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Lia Alexandra Mandaglio

George Washington University; Lafayette College

Date Written: January 12, 2010

Abstract

This paper applies Systemic Functional Grammar and Critical Discourse Analysis to assess the linguistic choices of feminist and masculist reproductive rights rhetoric in the United States. It explains these methodologies and provides a discursive history of the reproductive rights movement. Publications of advocacy groups and the mass media are analyzed as data of current rhetorical trends. These interpretations conclude that female-affirmative rhetoric offsets contemporary feminist efforts by marginalizing men and excluding considerations of paternity. This paper suggests that in solely emphasizing women’s procreative rights, such feminist rhetoric potentially renders women to the role of primary parental agent, reinforces traditional sex-stereotypes, and incites inter-sex antagonism.

Suggested Citation

Mandaglio, Lia Alexandra, Speaking Across the Divide: A Functional Grammar Analysis of Feminist and Masculist Reproductive Rights Rhetoric in the United States (January 12, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1535475 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1535475

Lia Alexandra Mandaglio (Contact Author)

George Washington University ( email )

2121 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Lafayette College ( email )

Easton, PA 18042
United States

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