Thursday, October 29, 2020

Mapping Love (Rough Draft)

**this draft was published late due to my being locked out of my website, peer edit comments are at the bottom of the paper as I asked to have them emailed to me so I could continue to edit as I tried to get back onto my blog 🙂


Fiona McGrath

The Power of Maps

November 15, 2018

Professor Sharon Albert

Mapping Love

Maps serve to guide us from Point A to Point B, they present logical and clear information to help guide us along our way and hopefully they don’t raise too many more questions than they answer.  As they attempt to explore and define the unknown, we attempt to better understand and navigate it.  Jo Lowrey’s somewhat unconventional 1960 maps do their best to compare and unpack the intricacies of love.  The maps come in a pair, the first titled: Geographical Guide to a Man’s Heart with Obstacles and Entrances Clearly Marked and the other is titled: Geographical Guide To A Woman’s Heart Emphasizing Points of Interest to a Romantic Traveler. Each map is in the shape of a heart constructed of different territories and quadrants which surround the center of the map.  At the center lies the Walled City of the Real Him and the Hidden City of the Real Her, respectively.  The similar construction of Lowrey’s maps highlights the differences between them and offers the idea that while the the path to love may seem the same, it is in fact very different for men and women.

The use of quadrants and entrances in both maps showcases the mapmakers claim that it is harder to reach the heart of a man than the heart of a woman.  There are multiple steps to reaching the city of either person, the first is making it into the heart.  This immediately becomes more challenging when attempting to enter the heart of a man.  While the woman’s heart features nine different and easily accessible entrances, the man boasts only six and includes a large spiked off section, Impenetrable Wall of Ego.  The man’s heart features twelve different sections compared to the woman’s six, thus making it harder to navigate.  In some areas where a woman might think she is still in one territory she might have quietly slipped into a whole new one without realizing.  Adding to the complexity of the difference in sections, there are multiple areas of the man’s heart which are completely blocked off.  Without seeing the map the woman might not realize they are there because she cannot see them and will then operate with an incomplete idea of what exists, thus adding to the complexity of the man’s heart. 

Additionally, evidence to support the claim that the mapmaker sees men as more guarded than women can be found in how their “cities” are preserved.  The man’s city is behind a wall which suggests something in-penetrable and consciously place.  They woman’s is hidden behind a forest which suggests that while she has taken care to place it out of sight, it can still be found by growing through the forest.  The man still has power when it comes to making his way to the woman’s heart while the woman still somewhat relies on the man to let his walls down. 

Overall through the difference in titles of the inner heart, the difference in border defense/entries, and the significant difference in the amount of territories within the heart it is clear the that the mapmaker believes that the hearts of men are considerably more complicated and guarded than the hearts of women, although neither are in-penetrable.

The woman’s map is broken up into six different sections with Hidden City of The Real Her centered at the junction of the inner three.  The borders of the map are formed by Party Girl Province, Kingdom of Conceit, and Country of Conversation.  The inner layer is made up of Mother Country, State of Security, and Love of Love Land. The map argues that there are many different ways for someone to make it to the Hidden City, however some are more direct than others.  If one was to start in party girl province they would have to go through either conceit or  mother country before finding their way to the center.  However Love of Love Land has direct access to the heart of love and suggests an easier way.  That being said, a closer look at Love of Love leads out to notice a heightened dynamic of both positive and negative possibilities that lean more to extremes than in the other lands.  In Love of Love you can easily wind up on Just Friends Lane headed straight to Platonic Plateau or you could stumble into the Garden of First Kisses.  The variance in direction and danger leads the reader to the claim that the mapmaker believes that Love is the most direct and most dangerous route to the heart because while you might get there faster any wrong turn could have a more drastic consequence.

difference in entrances and quadrants

difference in the central cities

how to get to the center (is it easy? hard? do you have to go through  a lot of layers?)



Corinne: I really like the maps you picked. Your main issue is make sure you aren’t getting too lost in the details. What you have is good, but I feel like what you have presented is not correlating to your thesis. Your thesis talks about love and authenticity, but much of your paper is talking about the contrasting details between the two maps. Maybe switch it up and change the route of your thesis, or rework your body paragraphs. You’ll figure it out. Good luck!

Fran: You have an amazing start to your paper and I love the maps that you chose! There were some basic spelling and grammar issues, but I’m sure you will find those. I would be careful about getting too into the details of your map. There were a few where you expanded upon them and it worked well, but there were times where there were details listed that did not seem relevant to your claim. Dig into that thesis and you will have an amazing paper!

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