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1. Silence must be observed during library hours
2. I am a librarian, and it’s my duty to require you, a user
of this library, to observe silence when you are here.
3. Employers always quarrel with unions
4. Unions always quarrel with employers (4) Student drawings of men and women Passive voice:
5. Labor Department barred immigrant
worker from subsidized jobs.
6. Immigrants’ job applications failed to
7. I punched a student
8. I hurt a student
9. I am an aggressive person Passive Voice Effects: Henley, Miller, &
Mock news reports: Rape, battering, robbery, murder
Active vs. passive voice versions
vs passive voice versions Are attributions of harm and responsibility
to reports of rape affected by active vs
passive voice? Language Routinizes Power “One small step for [a] man. . . One giant leap for
mankind” Use of ‘she’ to describe things men “control”:
of she to describe things men control
The nation/aircraft/ships/cars/guitars Use of ‘she’ to describe things men can’t control,
but which have an irrational/chaotic character:
“She’s a hell of a storm”
“She’s about to blow” (the ships boiler) 3 Andocentric coding of man and his Man, he, his often used to refer to both sexes
he his Feminists have argued that this places women in a
secondary position to men, and renders them
invisible in language, thus contributing to se...
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This note was uploaded on 01/21/2014 for the course COMM 109 taught by Professor Reid,s during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.
- Spring '08