She further stated that pornography should not be displayed openly in streets and supermarkets.
Her intended audiences are all the women in the world who are too terrified to take up any action against pornography and its purveyors. The audience also includes all people of good moral background who see pornography as exploitation of women by men. Her main argument in her essay “Let’s Put Pornography Back in the Closet” is the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and cannot be used as a defense to promote pornography. Her sole purpose is to influence the justice system through indignant public opinion that First Amendment rights have been abused by those promoting and selling pornography.
The rhetorical strategy used by author Brownmiller is to appeal to her audiences by using emotion (pathos) and logos (her knowledge of the legal system). The author evokes ethos (credibility) also, as she is a well-known feminist who has written a volume of works on varied feminist issues and is a well-established author, journalist and activist. Hermeneutical arguments were made against pornography because it proliferated during the heady 1960s.
My thesis statement is that good writers can influence their readers by using the three factors of ethos, logos and pathos. Many writers employ character primarily because credence can produce a powerful reaction or response that is required for taking action. Then it can be supplemented by using knowledge and emotions that can serve as support to main arguments being put forward by the author. Brownmiller was perhaps rightly concerned that the heady and liberating 1960s also led to the abuse of the First Amendment rights by the purveyors of pornographic materials by using it as a defense to conduct nefarious activities.
Being a renowned feminist writer, Susan Brownmiller argues through strong emotions that pornography is actually not