Discussion Questions for ” ‘I had an Abortion’: the Rhetorical Situation of a Planned Parenthood T-Shirt” by Swift

Discussion Questions: Swift                                                                                                         Ed Lessor

  1. Discuss what Swift identifies as the exigence for the creation of the “I Had an Abortion” T-Shirt.
  2. How could this exigence be mitigated through discourse?
  3. Who is the audience for this rhetoric?
  4. Would the audience as identified here be capable of attaining agency and making a change to the exigence?
  5. Who is the speaker here?
  6. What are the constraints of this rhetorical situation?
  7. Do you find the T-Shirt to be an appropriate response to the Rhetorical Situation as outlined by Swift?
  8. What information would you need in order to make an analytical claim about the argument made by Planned Parenthood here?