Gender and Discourse

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However biological sex is in fact a blend of four elements: Chormosomes; Gonads; Hormones and Genitals. Anna Munro was the secretary of the Scottish Council of the Women's Freedom League, which believed that women should have the right to vote. The League was created in after a split in the Women's Social and Political Union caused by concerns that its leaders Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst had become dictatorial.

Helen Crawfurd was another Scottish Suffragette who was a leading figure in the rent strikes.

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An example of 'internalised oppression'? A woman in a leadership role is likely to be perceived in one of three ways Chester Barnard, writing in the s, was very clear that leadership was something that could be identified or achieved through certain character traits. The female boss of a maverick male doctor. Plus, she just oozes Girl Power! This is the discourse feminism has been resisting and even trying to rework.

However, there isn't really one kind of feminism, there have been several 'waves' which had slightly different emphases. Concerned with largely legal inequalities in the 19th and early 20th Century, of whom the Suffragette movement is the best known.

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In Britain women first get the vote in Full suffrage in In Switzerland women get full suffrage in But for others this was a betrayal of the feminist struggle. At the very point that women were finally making some headway against patriarchy, was the moment when the media the establishment suddenly declared that women didn't need feminism any more. In TV there were a growing number of shows with 'fiesty females' at their centre. But many of their 'feminist credentials' did not bear up under closer scrutiny - body fascism; the beauty myth; the preoccupation with men or the lack of them did not convince the second wavers that this was just another way of keeping women in their patriarchally defined places.

Sex and the City HBO, This picture, for example, has a lot in common with the famous 'money shot' the end of porn movies. Naomi Wolf's book The Beauty Myth described how women are circumscribed by what she dubs the 'iron maiden' the pressure to devote a lot of time, effort and money into looking a certain way. There is no such corresponding pressure on men. Emerges alongside post-feminism but very much more activist than the post-feminists, Patriarchy still needed activity and opposition.

It is estimated that one woman in five in Europe has been subjected to some form of violence. Tough - emotionally and physically. Self Reliant - not dependent or vulnerable Assertive - even dominant. Corporate rituals designed to foster this: The laconic, tough, impassive hero of mythology becomes the laconic, tough, impassive leader of the boardroom.

Emphasis on her femininity - figure hugging pencil skirts, low decolletage, pearl choker, high heels. Also extremely well groomed in a professional setting. House notices but uses it as a weapon to attack her for being feminine in appearance but masculine in behaviour.

Takes it to degrading extremes when he imagines her appearing as a stripper and pole dancing for him? If she enacts 'command and control' style successfully she might be awarded honourary male status and be 'one of the boys' but is likely to be considered a 'ball breaker'.

Gender and Discourse

Transformational Leadership Sibling Leadership Post-Heroic Leadership This recognises a more collaborative way of working where the role of the leader is to enable a group to complete a task or come to a decision. The 'leader' acts more as a mentor, guide, challenger, collaborator, motivator and co-ordinator of the group.

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If she tries to enact the transformational leadership style, there is a fair chance it won't be recognised as leadership at all because that's how women are supposed to behave! If she enacts 'command and control' style but tries to keep a female identity she will be considered a seductress, using her sexuality to get what she wants. So House MD just restates traditional discourses about gender? Sort of but then Gregory House isn't the traditional hero and he is certainly not the traditional male leader.

Please log in from an authenticated institution or log into your member profile to access the email feature. The study of discourse has become a major development in all disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences. Studies in Discourse will feature introductory books for the key domains and most relevant topics in this exciting new cross-discipline. The series aims to stimulate teaching and research on discourse in linguistics, literature, sociology, anthropology, psychology, communications studies, history, law and other disciplines.

The focus of this series is to examine the structures and functions of text and talk in the multiple contexts of social fields, and the discourse analytical approach to important social issues and societal relationships, such as those of gender, ethnicity, inequality and power. The books are authored by leading international specialists in their fields and will review the literature, current theoretical ideas, explain methods, and demonstrate these in extensive discourse analyses.

No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without permission in writing from the Publishers. Her research interests include text linguistics, language in politics, prejudice and discrimination and gender studies.

Current research includes communication in institutions power and discourse , minority languages and studies in public and private discourse in Austria since with special focus on manifestations of anti-semitism and racism towards foreigners. Ruth Wodak is on the advisory boards of several journals including, Discourse and Society, Multilingua and Applied Linguistics Journal. She has researched and has published in areas of feminist theory and practice, but is best-known for her work on language and gender. Among other publications she is the author of Feminism and Linguistic Theory and Verbal Hygiene Her published work includes Women, Men and Language originally published , 2nd edition , Women in their Speech Communities co-edited with Deborah Cameron and Women's Studies: An Introduction co-edited with Beryl Madoc-Jones.

Her new book, Women Talk , an account of her long-term research into conversation between women friends, was published in October , and her Language and Gender Reader will appear in He is the founding editor of the journal Language and Education and general editor of The Encyclopedia of Language and Education. She co-authored Women's Voices in Our Times: Her research interests include conversation analysis, cohesion in text, and theory and analysis. She teaches linguistics and sociolinguistics courses, specializing in New Zealand English and language and gender issues.

In addition to her research on workplace communication, she has presented papers on the representation of gay men and lesbians in media coverage of gay rights controversies, interpersonal communication in lesbian couples, and the creation of authority in religious discourse. Her work focuses on language, gender and political economy. Her research interests include everyday racism, gender relations and [Page ix] ethnic relations.

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She is co-author of Female Sexualization and is a member of the editorial board of Social Identities and the International Association for the Study of Racism. Her research has focused on child and adult first and second language acquisition.


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In she was guest editor of an issue of the journal Research on Language and Social Interaction. She combines her interests in critical discourse theory with feminist postructuralism to examine the construction of gendered subject positionings in children's interactions. In addition to gender and language, her research interests include conversational style, spoken and written language, and cross-cultural communication. Her publications include Conversational Style: Women and Men in the Workplace: