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The Myth of Mars and Venus
Do men and women really speak different languages?
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In this wide-ranging and thoroughly readable book, Deborah Cameron, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at Oxford University and author of a number of leading texts in the field of language and gender studies, draws on over 30 years of scientific research to explain what we really know and to demonstrate how this is often very different from the accounts we are familiar with from recent popular writing.
Ambitious in scope and exceptionally accessible, The Myth of Mars and Venus tells it like it is: widely accepted attitudes from the past and from other cultures are at heart related to assumptions about language and the place of men and women in society; and there is as much similarity and variation within each gender as between men and women, often associated with social roles and relationships. The author goes on to consider the influence of Darwinian theories of natural selection and the notion that girls and boys are socialized during childhood into different ways of using language, before addressing problems of 'miscommunication' surrounding, for example, sex and consent to sex, and women's relative lack of success in work and politics. Arguing that what linguistic differences there are between men and women are driven by the need to construct and project personal meaning and identity, Cameron concludes that we have an urgent need to think about gender in more complex ways than the prevailing myths and stereotypes allow.
Cuts through the hype about communication and the sexes in recent popular writing
Considers the far-reaching implications of language and gender myths in many spheres of life
Combines immense readability with expertise of international repute
Draws on more than 30 years of scientific research
Essential reading for inhabitants of other planets
2: A time and a place: putting myths in their cultural context
3: Partial truths: why difference is not the whole story
4: A world of difference? Mars and Venus in childhood and adolescence
5: Cross purposes: the myth of male-female misunderstanding
6: Back to nature:brains, genes, and evolution
7: Public speaking: Mars and Venus in politics and the workplace
8: Doing what comes culturally: identity and style
9: Beyond Mars and Venus
Deborah Cameron , University of Oxford
Deborah Cameron is Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. An internationally-known researcher in the field of language and gender studies, she is the author / editor of several academic books on the subject, as well as many articles.
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