feminisminindia.comHow Do Language And Gender Impact Each Other? | Feminism In IndiaWomen never had a ‘room of their own’ to formulate a language of their own and hence it was perceived lower, and men’s language was always the benchmark.
I think this article is so interesting as it touches on reality for many of us women. I often find myself constantly apologizing for no explicit reason and diminishing myself when I speak in class or work settings. It is very crazy to think that the patriarchy, linguistics and societal pressures have created women this way.
To me, there is definitely a stigma against women when it comes to language. As it said in the article, women are always excepted to keep a polite and empathetic attitude. In specific cultures, in this article it states that women do typically have the more submissive tone, and tend to listen and agree and not more. Because of this women can make a strong community. I feel as though its so easy to undermine a woman because of this though. In my opinion, being a woman is way more than being submissive.
Language and gender definitely have a great imoact on one another. Words have connotations which of course influences actios and peoples views about certain things and or people. If laguage was more neutral I feel that, that would be more benficial to women as it would change certain stereotypes that are towards women. I feel that language can also limit people, meaning certain words, phrases, and or tones are directed towards a specific gender, which in some ways limit the language that these people themselves use. Feminism is complex, and language is a very important factor in this complexity.
Language and gender heavily impact each other. From a young age boys and girls are brought up differently teaching them sublimely through tv shows how they should be acting with the type of language they should be using. I found this particularly interesting because this article talks about how girls are always smiling in the shows with passive roles and apologizing often. Recently I started paying attention to the difference between girls and boys clothing. The girls clothes had sayings like "smile" "Be Kind" " Awesome sister" and just phrases along those lines, while the boys clothing had sayings like "Lifeguard" "Adeventure" " Dirt Biking is my life". In my opinion, just like the article states the language does gravitate different when speaking to women, women are taught to smile, be polite, and empathetic.
Gender and language or two factors that correspond with each other. Before reading this article I couldn’t say I would have said the same but it changed my perspective on the two completely. Deborah Cameron , feminist linguist argues that most languages are usually male centric in words for females usage usually deviate from words which were “originally“ made for men . I definitely agree with this because it’s seen so many different aspects in the world such as your common Netflix show , school , or even the work place. for example, I work at a catering hall and I am a waitress. Now, a waitress is a women who’s job is to serve customers, but I often get called waiter. When people want to get my attention it’s “oh, hey waiter can you come here”. A waiter is a man whose job is to serve customers. I don’t think anything of it but waiter is supposed to be specifically used for men but does often get used for both genders. . She also stated that “woman’s language is also expected to be more polite and empathetic often compared by a smile or minimal responses.” Another idea that I also truly believe & agree with because I see it happen.Women are scared to step into conversation , we often doubt ourselves or are often looking for the okay to speak by the male gender. Sad to say it is like this in the world because of the view or “role” that men have , their looked at as the dominant one and the aggressive one.
"Gender is not something we are born with, it is something we perform." This reminds me of the readings that mentioned Judith Butler and her views on gender, specifically as a performance. The idea that gender is a performance, a structured way to interprets oneself, leaves little room for creativity. "Women are often denied a linguistic agency," is another quote from the article which rang true for me, so many women are forced to live in a world coded for cis men. Language creates space and so to see our gendered language favor men means there is always going to be male dominated space that women will have to work to undo. The way in which we go about undoing this is to deconstruct these male spaces with language, making neutral or ungendered spaces for a less binary world.
Language and gender go very hand in hand. Reading this article was very informative for me because I feel like the examples given about women's speech styles versus men's really go over our heads sometimes. I never really looked into the way that various entertainment medias represent women as speaking in a more empathetic or softer manner. In the article it states, "Women’s language is also expected to be more polite and empathetic, often accompanied by a smile or minimal responses." Looking back at the shows that I used to watch when I was younger, I now recognize how true this statement is. Women speak in a manner that make men feel less threatened by either questioning themselves when they say something or even simplifying their words to not sound too direct. Women should not have to conform the way that they speak in order to come off more respectful or less threatening.
Throughout history, women and men have always been perceived in a different manner. Language always played a part in the discrimination between men and women. Speech styles were always bias towards men and regarded them to a more dominant and stronger gender. As women have been fighting for rights for decades, people forget that their language also needs to change. Even in cartoons and children books, women are portrayed as nicer and apologetic. Women constantly agree with the male genders and go along with their ideas instead of the ones creating the plans. There are more male superheroes than women and kids from a young age grow up with these stories and characters. Movies, books, articles, etc. do the same thing. The way we refer to women needs to change as it is involuntarily creating a divide between the male and female sex.