Words, phrases, and context tell us a great deal about how we think, speak about, and ultimately view people of different genders. This unit encourages students to think about the way language lays bare the gender inequality that is present in our societies and how changes to language are part of creating more equitable systems.
Kiesling, Scott Fabius. 2008. “‘Now I Gotta Watch What I Say’: Shifting Constructions of Masculinity in Discourse.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 11 (2): 250–273.
Kulick, Don. 2000. “Gay and Lesbian Language.” Annual Review of Anthropology 29: 243–287.
Book Review: SAPIENS’ “The Anthropologists Who Undid Sex, Race, and Gender”
PowerPoint: University of Chicago’s “Language and Gender”
Video: Deborah Tannen’s “Gender-Specific Language Rituals”
Video: The Economist’s “Sexism and the English Language”
Video: Deborah Tannen’s “She Said, She Said (You’re Wearing That?)”
Eshe Lewis (2020)