Gender Essay

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“A businessman is aggressive; a businesswoman is pushy. A businessman is good on details; she is picky. He follows through; she doesn’t know when to quit. He stands firm; she is hard. His judgements are her prejudices. He is a man of the world; she’s been around. He isn’t afraid to say what is on his mind; she is mouthy. He exercises authority diligently; she’s power mad. He’s closemouthed; she’s secretive. He climbed the ladder of success; she slept her way to the top.
From the first moment a child begins to understand the spoken word, they begin to receive messages about societies view of the different sexes.
Language itself can not be deemed good or bad, but it does reflect individual or societal values. The above example displays the
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He claimed that the women’s contribution to the language is to maintain its purity, cause by the way they shrink from coarseness and vulgarity.
“There can be no doubt that women exercise a great and universal influence on linguistic development through their instinctive shrinking from coarse and vulgar expressions and their preferences for refined, and (in certain spheres) veiled and indirect expression.” (Jespersen, 1922)
It is men’s language, which is endowed with vigor, imagination and creativity. It has been said that women have a smaller vocabulary than men do and that which they do have they tend to misuse. As examples he quotes that women use intensifying adverbs ‘with disregard of their proper meaning, as in the German ‘reisig klein’ (gigantically small), the English ‘awfully pretty’, and ‘terribly nice’… Danish ‘raedsimt morosom’ (awfully funny)’. It has been claimed that women also suffer from an inability to finish sentences and while there is more talk from women there is less substance.
None of these claims were based on evidence but were mere conjecture on. The women encountered may well have had smaller vocabulary then the men, but those women then were often denied the education permitted to most men. The statement that women talk more is a familiar folk-linguistic claim and that there is not a substantial body of evidence to the
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