Be sensitive wood argues that feminine speech

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Be sensitive Wood argues that feminine speech communities use to talk to - Foster connections with others - To achieve symmetry (“I’ve felt just like that”) - Show support (“How awful… “) - Sustain conversations (“You’re kidding?!”) - Show responsiveness (“Tell me more”) - Express concrete details - Express tentativeness (“I’m not sure, but…”) Men generic language suggests that it is inclusive of both men and women but refers only to men (businessman, mailman) Spotlighting is the unnecessary marking of a person’s sex (female lawyer, “manny”). Origins of muted Group - Developed out of anthropology - Some groups are considered inarticulate because their experiences aren’t named (aka language does not exist to address their experiences) Who is Muted? - Dominant groups hold power - People in nin-dominant groups must communicate ideas in ways that can be deemed acceptable/ permissible Language defines us differently… - Semantic derogation / semantic imbalance Naming issues make us more aware of phenomena as social problems. - “Sexual harassment” - Date rape” Language can also evaluate gender. For example, terms like baby doll and girlie make women seem juvenile. Gender-neutral language choices help eliminate phenomena like masculine generic language and spotlighting Resignification
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  • Fall '19
  • Judith Lorber

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