My Fellow sisters Gen-129

by Vfreeman on March 12, 2014 - 7:15pm

1. What is the speaker's purpose?

Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah Winfrey discuss why women today mistreat each other.

They both address the 4 weapons women use to hurt each other.

1st weapon: Betrayal, (our confidance in each other, whatever secrets we have told to each other, we tell other people. Especially when it is not our place to.)

2nd weapon: Gossip, (having third party conversations, talking behind your back about what's wrong with you, instead of just addressing it directly to you.)

3rd weapon: Lie, (we lie on each other and to each other)

4th weapon: Competition, ( for me to get ahead, I must get you out of the way.)


2. Who is the speaker's audience? Is there more than one?

I want to say mainly I think they are just talking to women of all ages and races because we're all guilty of commiting such acts. But it's possible we have done so to men as well. So I believe they're talking to men as well so they themselves can see and understand how we operate.

3.Does the speaker accomplish his/her purpose? (In what ways?)

I believe the two ladies do get the message across in order to help us understand how we do mistreat each other and the reasons behind it.

4. What possible negative or positive outcomes does the speaker's speech have for his or her audience?

I don't believe they are any negative outcomes that could come from this discussion, unless the person listening refuses to learn and take anything away from it. The positive outcome could be that listeners take note of their own behavior and own up to the fact that they themselves have either been victims and/or guilty of such behavior and work toward changing it.




I do agree with everything you say in the questions 2, 3 and 4. When you say that not only this speech is dedicated to women but also to men in order for them to understand us a little bit more, I found that very true. Also, I think they maybe did this speech so we, women, realize our behaviours and change them. Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah Winfrey are two very intelligent and interesting ladies, however, they are not expert in the subject. That is why I propose you to watch this speech: It talks about the same problem but with people with different jobs considered expert in the subject. They bring a more scientific aspect to it and explain different "weapons" then Iyanla and Oprah.

Your article was interesting and talked about a subject that relates with every women living to this day. We all have been a victim or committed this kind of acts, which makes this problem understandable and relatable to everyone. I truly agree with the four weapons talked in the discussion of Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah Winfrey, I thought that we can truly see these weapons in our life if we think back. I also agree with you that the positive outcome of this discussion is that women can start understanding what they do to each other and why in order to change their behavior. It is important that one day we see how we treat ourselves and make a change. I found another speech linked with why women mistreat each other called “Why Are Women so Mean to Each Other?” by Kate Holden. She brings a comic and relatable speech about how women treat each other and why are they so mean to each other. Kate Holden talks about experiences from her own life and how we can perceive why women mistreat each other. Here is the video: .

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