In my writing, I try to use the ideas of not only myself but of many different people. Because that is how writing gets stronger. The more there is of data and voices in an essay, the more powerful it becomes. That’s why when writing about a topic, I try to incorporate as many different voices as I can.
In White Chicks in Discourse, I ended up using several voices in addition to my own. I took ideas from Gee and Delpit, as well as the movie; but I also took the ideas that were being shared in class.
As always, I’m still learning. There is room for improvement and there always will be. That’s because I don’t believe that anyone can ever achieve being perfect. But they certainly can try.
Example paragraph of integrating ideas:
“All throughout the film, the men are also accomplishing something. They have begun to acquire the Discourse of a woman. Delpit would agree that “individuals can learn the “superficial features” of dominant discourses, as well as their more subtle aspects,” (Delpit 554). This is a major conflict between Delpit and Gee, the ability to acquire the dominant Discourse of the room. Gee has the idea that individuals are unable to overcome any of their primary Discourses that hold any conflict with new Discourses and as a result they will be unable to obtain new discourses whether they are dominant or not (8-9). The film choice tends to favor with Delpit’s views that “acquiring the ability to function in a dominant discourse need not mean that one must reject one’s home identity and values, for discourses are not static, but shaped” (Delpit 552). Her ideas are more realistic than Gee’s because all Discourses are learned. It is not an inherited gift that people understand when they are born. Discourses are learned through imitation and mentorship. They take a long time to perfect, in part because they are constantly shifting. The influence of society is overwhelming and unable to be ignored.”