The Muted Group Theory Introduced by Cheris Kramarae

974 Words Feb 26th, 2018 4 Pages
This theory is the idea that in the English language, men seem to have power over women when it comes to the right to be able to talk and say what they want to say. This is because men, who Kramarae believes are the dominant group, have formulated different words and norms. This leaves women feeling left out and constrained in what they can and cannot say. Deborah Tannen on the other hand, deals with Genderlect theory and the idea that male-female conversation is cross-cultural communication. Tannen strongly believes that men and women have different ways of communicating. Both Kramarae and Tannen deal with very valuable theories that have similarities and differences to them.
Based on Muted group theory, men and women think of the world differently and perform different actions based on their experiences. In the world today, men want the role of power, and they want to be able to make their own informed decisions. On the other hand, women are more worried about what other’s think of them so therefore they seek connection rather than hierarchy. Because of this, men are thought to have dominance over women so therefore they are able to shape and formulate the ways that people speak and the ways in which people are heard. Kramarae believes that there is a “lexical bias” in the public language such as cartoons, and metaphors which plays a role in Muted group theory. She also believes that women are not represented highly…