The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?
4 journalers for this copy...
We all know the commonly-held beliefs about communication between the sexes. And the result? An unavoidable catalogue of misunderstanding.I will fill in my thoughts later, after I've checked whether someone else is interested in this book.
With wry humour and intellectual rigor, Deborah Cameron questions how well these ‘facts’ stack up against the evidence, and demonstrates why it matters.
One of the most eye-opening chapters to me was the one about the myth of male-female misunderstanding and particularly the section about 'just say no' in rape situations.
Being a mother to a 2.5-year old boy, I pay even more attention than before to how I speak about gender and gender roles, and that's probably why I also found the chapters about brains, genes and evolution and gender, identity and style particularly interesting.
So, I’m going to send it out into the world again.
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This is a timely book though to counter all the myths that Mars and Venus type books put out. One of my pet grievances, is that women can't read maps. Really! I am female and never found this a problem, and I am not unique. I remember one of these books had a survey that was meant to show how females and males viewed some things differently and would give different answers. The survey started with, if you are female, add this much to your score (I can't remember the exact amount but it was sizable). Naturally that guaranteed I would get a different score to males answering the same questions. Funny thing was that when I removed the extra score I had to add for being female (and the males didn't add), I got the same score as the males. Who would have figured that!!!