Journal 6 - A specific stereotype that is common throughout...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
A specific stereotype that is common throughout our society is that men are better at math and science, while females are more prone to the arts and language. Deborah Cameron, an Oxford professor of language and communication, claims that this is pure speculation, and that language and verbal abilities depend on the social settings of a person. Specifically, she proclaims that explanations of difference must take account of three much more prosaic factors. Cameron claims that verbal behavior is linked to the types of activities people spend their time with. For example women, tend to care for children more often and thus have a better understanding for the development of language in their children. Furthermore, women are generally more influential in teaching infants how to turn sounds into words. Secondly, Cameron argues that verbal differences are a partial reflection in power and status. There is evidence that, when status is not a factor, men actually talk more often then women. This is quite contrary to the common belief that women can’t stop
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 2

Journal 6 - A specific stereotype that is common throughout...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online