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7. Gendered Communication and Language.




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This article is from the Feminism References FAQ, by Cindy Tittle Moore tittle@netcom.com with numerous contributions by others.

7. Gendered Communication and Language.

Barreca, Regina. _They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted_.
Viking Penguin/Penguin Books, New York. 1991.
Examines the differences in how women and men use humor. The
book itself is a very engaging and humorous read.

Bratenberg, Gerd, _Egalias_dotre_ (in Norwegian Pax forlag/Ascheroug
forlag). It is also available in English: _Egalia's_Daughters_,
published in the U.S. by The Seal Press, Seattle, Wash., and in the
UK by The Journeyman Press, London. (Also available in Swedish,
German, Italian, Danish and Dutch.)
The book turns the language and social stereotypes upside down.
It is really interesting to see how easily one, as reader, gets
used to the "unusual" language. This also illustrates how
powerful the sexism of the language is.

Cherry, Louise. _Language and Sex: Difference and Dominance_.
Teacher-child interaction in pre-schools.

Hofstadter, Douglas. _Metamagical Themas: Questing for Essence of Mind
and Pattern_. Bantam, New York. 1985.
Contains a chapter ("Changes in Default Words and Images,
Engendered by Rising Consciousness") with an effective argument
for gender inclusive speech.

Frank, Francine and Frank Anshen. _Language and the Sexes_. State
University of New York Press, Albany. 1983.

Lakoff, Robin. _Language and Woman's Place_. Harper & Row,
Publishers, New York. 1975.

Miller, Casey and Kate Swift. _The Handbook of Non-Sexist Writing_.
Second edition. Harper & Row, New York, 1988.
A practical how-to book that also contains examples of how "men"
has *not* included "women" in recent history.

Miller, Casey and Kate Swift. _Words and Women_. Anchor Press,
Garden City, New York. 1976.
States the argument for gender neutral language
much more forcefully.

Penelope, Julia. _Speaking Freely: Unlearning the Lies of the
Fathers' Tongues_. Athena Series, Pergammon Press. 1990.
ISBN: 0-08-036555-8.
A radical feminist treatise on all sorts of sexist aspects of
language, including but not limited to the discussion of gender
inclusive pronouns.

Persing, Bobbye Sorrels. _The Nonsexist Communicator_.
Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 1983.

Rothschild, Joan. _Turing's Man, Turing's Woman, or Turing's Person?
Gender, Language, and Computers_. Wellesley College, Center for
Research on Women, Welleseley, MA. 1986.

Spender, Dale. _Man-Made Language_. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980.

Tannen, Deborah. _You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in
Conversation_. Morrow, New York. 1990.
Gender differences in communication, anecdotal.


 

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