Routledge

PART SIX: GENDER

Use this exercise to explore the concepts of direct and indirect indexing and apply them to gender and age:
Gender (Direct and indirect indexing)

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Exercise:

Language and sexism

Compare these sets of words. What do the differences in meaning tell us about prototypical males and females in the English-speaking world?

Mr
Master
bachelor
*career man
family man
*man doctor
male nurse
*man cop
male cheerleader
sissy
*tomgirl

Miss/Mrs./Ms./Madame
mistress
spinster
career woman
*family woman
woman/lady doctor
*female nurse
lady cop
*female cheerleader
butch
tomboy

 

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