The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages?

by Deborah Cameron | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 9780199550999 Global Overview for this book
Registered by VariC of Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on 10/26/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by VariC from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Monday, October 26, 2009
We all know the commonly-held beliefs about communication between the sexes. And the result? An unavoidable catalogue of misunderstanding.

With wry humour and intellectual rigor, Deborah Cameron questions how well these ‘facts’ stack up against the evidence, and demonstrates why it matters.
I will fill in my thoughts later, after I've checked whether someone else is interested in this book.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Couldn't resist taking this home from the meetup tonight. I read an older book by Cameron when I did gender studies and found it extremely interesting. Let's see how this compares!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, November 17, 2011
I enjoyed this a lot, although a lot of the subject matter I was familiar with already, having done gender studies at the uni.

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.

Journal Entry 4 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Journal Entry 5 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Thank you very much, safely arrived in Dublin.

Journal Entry 6 by wingkiwiinenglandwing at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Sunday, October 20, 2019
This book travelled with me when I moved back to New Zealand in 2012, and I just can’t seem to pick it up at the right time to want to read it.

So, I’m going to send it out into the world again.

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Picked up at the Bookcrossing event. Thank you.

Journal Entry 9 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, November 01, 2019
An interesting read, but rather on the light side. There were lots of references given, but it would be hard and very time consuming to actually track down all the references that were given to check them. I could suggest some internet links to references, except that many research papers are blocked beyond a short section, unless one pays to read the rest. Maybe more could have been quoted from the references though.
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!!!

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