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Title: The Myth of Mars and Venus
Subtitle: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?
Written By: Deborah Cameron
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199214476
ISBN-13: 9780199214471
Pages: 192
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