Commonplace 11

  1. In the Housing and Dining Program’s sign regarding gender inclusive bathrooms, explicit language is used to make a certain population feel comfortable in a bathroom that does not specify gender. The first paragraph outlines the structure and layout of the bathroom, specifying that there is more than one stall beside each other. This means that one could be in a bathroom stall beside an individual of a different gender. There is an implication in the rhetoric used that individuals may be feel a sense of discomfort as a result. The second paragraph furthers this idea, explaining that feeling “new and different” could be an odd sensation for some individuals. The final paragraph uses concerning rhetoric when explaining the lock on the outside of the door. It essentially negates the first two paragraphs, and instantly makes one feel discomfort about being in the bathroom.
    HDP Gender Inclusivity Sign
  2. “Shall property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?”
    1. Key words in bold.
    2. Rhetorically, the sentence feels clunky and confusing. The question posed would be more effective if the bolded words were separate, and broken into more than one question. Posing multiple questions rather than one, run-on question is more effective in finding a rhetorical solution.

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