Should men be mothers?
Rick Sanders’ attitude towards the subject of his article, which is “It’s a man’s job being a mother” is that men should indeed be “mothers” but hopes to see that other people (including the prejudiced tax inspectors) would drop their stereotypical image of a “mother” being the housewife and the “bread-winner” being the male counterpart. He makes this clear through a number of journalistic techniques including humour, language and the material and detail.
The language that Rick uses to express his views seems to be, aimed at the adult aged audience with a wide vocabulary knowledge. His vocabulary is fairly difficult, for example “spurious,” and uses a lot of adult jargon. Such as “PAYE” which I know as “Pay As You Go” and relates to Income Tax, but for people like me who is a student and not in the earning age boundary, will not know about it because it is about monetary matters, which only an adult should know. This article has a sophisticated layout of his opinions, experiences, and narrative.
This brings me to raise the possibility of this type of article being not in a “tabloid” paper but rather in a “broadsheet” with its clear and concise article in an orderly manner with extensive sentences and paragraphs. He uses detailed descriptions and of situations. The author tries to generalise, to get to the point of the prejudice against women across society. He uses accurate materials in his article as he is actually facing them “hurled foods, broken heirlooms” in a true-life situation and he is writing about them.
He is not afraid to voice his opinions and for some of his article he uses veiled criticism of the public for being prejudice against women and men being “mothers. ” Throughout his article, he uses real-life situations, which might occur in an average day. This just shows that he is normal and behaves in a motherly fashion even though he is male. He even shows us what his baby thinks of him, that shows us that he truly believes that a different gender would not matter if you give the baby the care and happiness it needs. He uses very detailed descriptions of situations because he tries to give us the fuller picture.
His sense of humour in this article is quite weak and interlaced with his experiences, probably not even a gag, but a true heartfelt emotion. This creates an atmosphere of sympathy with him as he truly feels that way towards something and it is sometimes comical to listen to someone else’s true emotions, “the crone’s gurglings only made her cry the more. ” These types of joke and his opinions make me want to change the newspaper to something other than broadsheet as in broadsheet the opinions are clearly marked and facts clearly stated and serious in tone.
This type of article however is a mixture between tabloid opinions, jokes and emotions and broadsheet facts, seriousness and layout. Therefore, it must be in one of the newspapers that has a tabloid layout but also has sections for seriousness and broadsheet readers. One of the best examples I can think of is the Daily Mail. With its in-between of tabloidnism and broadsheetedism. His tone of voice in most cases is one of that of anger interlaced with fun but in the last paragraph, his tone of voice is one of disbelief and anger.
He makes his attitude clear, because of his use of good essay techniques. His experiences really come alive, because he had described it accurately and interestingly with true heartfelt emotion. He also seems to vary the style of his article, he fluctuates his sentences from short bursts to long and complicated sentences, he also varies the structure of his article, he sometimes switches from dialogue to description, and he uses a lot of different vocabulary.