Please. When language and gender is studied it is done on two levels:1-How language reveals, embodies and sustains attitudes to genders. 2-How language users speak or write in different and...

Please. When language and gender is studied it is done on two levels:

1-How language reveals, embodies and sustains attitudes to genders.

2-How language users speak or write in different and distinctive ways that reflect their sexes.

Question:

EXPLAIN the two ideas and give example of each one.

Thank you.

Expert Answers
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You really have asked two questions in your one question - this is against enotes regulations so I will respond to the first question alone at this stage. Ask the question relating to the second statement another day if you want an answer to that.

To respond to this statement of how the use of language can embody and sustain attitudes of genders, you might want to think about what some feminists would call the patriarchal nature of language and the recent move to inclusive forms of language to erase these assumptions. Consider the use of words such as "mankind" and "man" which are used to refer to both women and men, yet obviously place greater emphasis on the male gender, hiding the female gender under its male name. Also, you consider the following question: if you are writing a sentence containing the words "men" and "women", which do you put first and which second? Note how your response indicates the way that females are "seconded" or showed to be lesser than men in our thinking.