The Myth of Mars and Venus
Popular assumptions about gender and communication--famously summed up in the title of the massively influential 1992 bestseller Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus--can have unforeseen but far-reaching consequences in many spheres of life, from attitudes to the phenomenon of "date-rape" to expectations of achievement at school, and potential discrimination in the work-place.
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.
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Review: The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?User Review - Paige - Goodreads
I think most people have at least heard of Women Are from Mars, Men Are from Venus. Even if we haven't read the book, we are familiar with its message: there are sex and gender differences in the way ... Read full review
Review: The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?User Review - Goodreads
Quite a short book. I read this as a follow-up to "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" which I read last month. Definitely an eye-opening read. I would suggest my friends to read this one right ... Read full review
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