I was watching a movie recently in which two men are interacting online, one certain he is flirting with a woman, while being maliciously pranked by the other. Gender was assumed via language and context. In fact, without those assumptions, the exchange would never have taken place. The same "fill in the blanks" presumptive process plays out when we overhear a conversation and interpret its agenda. Expressly aware of it or not, words are colored by assumptions as to the sex of the speakers. Studies tell us that when we meet someone … [Read More...]
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