follow the below:
Pitch: what do the authors want us to believe?
Complaint: what are the authors worried about or reacting to?
Moment: how do you know when this was published?
Audience: how is the intended audience and why?
Ethos: how do the authors establish their credibility?
Pathos: how do the authors appeal to our emotions?
Logos: how do the authors build logical arguments?
How effective is this text, based on your analysis?
Each bullet should be a 4-5 sentence paragraph, but again, does not have to be a perfectly constructed one. What is most important in this exercise is the substance of your analysis. You must also cite the text; make sure to include the “does” to help explain your analysis.
A Year of Reckoning
To move forward, we have to excavate the past.
By Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Oct. 6, 2018
A version of this article appears in print on Oct. 6, 2018, Section SR, Page 1 of the New York
edition with the headline: A Year of Reckoning.
One year ago, on Oct. 5, 2017, when we stood with our editors and pressed the “publish” button
on Harvey Weinstein’s secrets, we were unsure what would happen next.
Now, even after a year of painful memories, cascades of firings, widespread outrage, criticism
from the president and a fight over a Supreme Court seat, we have only one firm prediction: This
discussion over harassment and assault has no end in sight.
The “Me Too” movement, started by Tarana Burke more than a decade ago, has surged past
every forecast that it would burn out, settle down or be erased by backlash. Instead the reckoning
deepens and widens. Perhaps it is time to start thinking of this less as a news story than as a
permanent new element of our lives.
All of us have long been told that the key to gender equality is looking to the future. Study and
work hard. Lean in. Build the pipeline. Look to our daughters. The past year has shown that this
wisdom is incomplete. To move forward, we have to excavate the past.
The public accounts and conversations, even the ones that feel unsatisfying, hold hidden value
because they draw out quieter ones. In the privacy of homes, in office cafeterias and bars,
women and men have confided, argued, apologized and reconsidered their own histories in ways
that will never be captured by investigative articles, distinguished panels or year-end lists. These
exchanges, these collective adjustments of the line between what feels right and what feels
wrong, can seem more immediate and impactful than any law.
But are they? So far, the true rules of our society have barely budged. Federal law does not
protect freelancers or employees of many small businesses from harassment. The criminal justice
system does not come close to addressing sexual abuse, especially when the events lie far in the
past. (Do not trust anyone who makes confident assertions about whether Harvey Weinstein will
be convicted.) Beyond a scattering of new state legislation, shifts in social attitudes have not
been locked in place by law.
It’s not clear how much has changed in the past year for a woman who is being hounded and
pawed by her boss as she serves burgers for $10 an hour.
There’s no agreement on which behaviors merit scrutiny, on where the boundaries lie. Some
supporters of Brett Kavanaugh are outraged that his confirmation was questioned because of a
high school-era allegation. For many on the other side, that was the power of Christine Blasey
Ford’s testimony: She told the country that a traumatic experience from the distant past still
For men (and women) who are accused, a general lack of accountability has given way to a lack
of consensus over what kind of behavior merits warning, a firing, or career obliteration.
Like the civil rights movement and the push for gay marriage, #MeToo is propelled by
imperatives of decency, respect and equality. But those other movements challenged stark rules:
No black person could sit at the front of the bus; no gay person could marry. The #MeToo
movement is trying to address a more complex knot of law, private behavior and workplace
conduct. And though organizations have formed and mobilized, money has been raised, and
meetings have been held, it’s not yet clear whether they will lead to an ambitious, disciplined,
long-term strategy to reach once seemingly impossible goals.
Whatever happens, we and our colleagues will be watching and reporting, reminding ourselves
and others: Progress requires a correct accounting of what women have really faced.
Jodi Kantor is an investigative reporter and author whose work has spurred national and global
debates on social issues. In 2017, she and Megan Twohey broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s
alleged abuse of women. Along with a team of reporters who exposed sexual harassment and
misconduct, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018. Megan Twohey is an
investigative reporter who has focused much of her attention on the treatment of women and
children. Along with a team of reporters who exposed sexual harassment and misconduct across
industries, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018.
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are working on a book about the Harvey Weinstein
investigation and the ensuing cultural shift.
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