Another difference is in the use of different diction

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Another difference is in the use of different diction and sentence lengths in each description, which makes the gender stereotypes more prominent. In the description under the woman, the use of long descriptive sentences with vivid visual imagery (created by elegant words like “beautiful”, “blends” and the superlative “so compact”) and the repetitive use of the word “she” seems to highlight not only the product’s visual appeal but also the stereotypical role of women, whose interest lies only in the looks (“She’s happy… doesn’t fight her décor… in oil-rubbed walnut…”). Contrastingly, in the description under the man, the writer uses short factoids of information (“Response: 40-17,000 cps”, “SONORAMA… just 5” x 12” x 67” “) and descriptions about the sound of the speaker (“he hears the same vivid natural separation of tones”) to perhaps indicate the deeper analysis of the product that is within the understanding and interest of the man but not of the woman. The writer also adds the price of the product for the man, indicating his role as the breadwinner. This distinction in interests between man and woman although at the surface level seems to be talking about the different inclinations to
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