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Searching for Sex: A Rhetorical Analysis


In the article “Searching for Sex” in The New York Times by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz argues that "our fears about how others see us are unjustified." Although the end of this article comes to a point and has a precise point at the end, throughout the article Davidowitz changes his main point in the article. In the beginning the argument is that our culture has marked the subject of sex as taboo; this argument transitions to a question and argument about google. We ask google what we are too afraid to ask anyone else, because sex is taboo. The first argument feeds directly to the second argument. The argument flows so that the reader has something to grasp onto throughout the entire argument. The argument flows, which translates to the reader.


Davidowitz refrences to Google a lot in this article. He uses data from the most Googled questions. This Google data brings people closer to the article. People use Google daily and asks google questions everyday. Daily, I will spend an hour looking up questions on google, so the fact that he uses data from google is very relatable and personal.


In this article there is a lot of feminist ideas and language. The article becomes more potent because Davidowitz is an older white men; the feminist article becomes very affective and persuasive in this case because he is not the average feminist. Davidowitz uses people’s personal problems of the reader. Davidowitz says, “In fact, we are all so busy judging our own bodies that there is little energy left over to judge other people’s.” This very human and ethical point makes someone think critically about their view of themselves. Through this strategy he tries to connect people and show that others have similar issues and quaries.


He writes this article so that the average sexually active person can think critically about their body and how judgement is unnescesary, especially towards themselves. Although the average New York Times reader is a middle-aged liberal person, which is bizarre in the fact that this article is more towards a younger, insecure generation. He speaks about how if people judge themselves and others less then they will be happier. He tries to argue that less judgement equals more sex. And more sex equals more happiness and less insecurities.  


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