Kenneth Cole has been known for his social and political activism and has rarely kept his views separate from his brand. This peculiarly long-titled essay examines a particular magazine ad from 2003 and attempts a rhetorical analysis to uncover possible messages regarding the status of women in international relations and participation in foreign policies.
I consider this paper to be a sort of flagship piece for my college career. The subject matter and research method that happens in this paper is basically the core of my undergraduate major. In this paper I use a method called Fantasy Theme Analysis (aka Symbolic Convergence Theory), and systematically pick apart a piece of discourse–in this case it is an advertisement in a print magazine–and make conclusions about what the creators of the ad were trying to convey. The results of course, are political and relevant to the time of the ad’s publication. This paper was published in my university’s writing journal as well, which required review and collaboration with one of my department professors.