Gender Binary

Deborah Tannen: Gender-specific language rituals

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This is video talk about gender specific language rituals. There are huge differences speaking ways between boys and girls. In this video, Deborah Tannen gives some interesting examples about boy's conversation and girl's conversation. It is very interesting to find the difference.

Posted by Runci Liu on June 29, 2018

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American English;
Gender Binary

Disney Rejection Letter, 1938

Photo of a rejection letter sent by Disney in 1938, stating that: "women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that work is performed entirely by young men. For this reason girls are not considered for the training school." This aligns with Lippi-Green's (2012) findings that Disney presents a clear, firm division between genders in lifestyle and life choices, and is a salient example of this ideology of division found in the real world.

Posted by Luna Albertini on April 17, 2018

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Ideology;
Gender Binary

FTM Transgender: 3.5 Years on T voice comparison

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A trans man gives examples of his voice across 3 and a half years of testosterone treatment

Posted by Kara Becker on November 14, 2017

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Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming

The Pronoun They

This article explains how we have gender pronouns in the English language. By drawing examples from how English developed, McCulloch provides information of why gender pronouns are important and are used today. #Ideology #Lexicon #Performativity #Gender non conforming #Gender binary [Published on 06-02-2014]

Posted by Jane Wallerstedt on November 9, 2017

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Ideology;
Performativity;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Lexicon

"Pink or Blue" Video

A video essay set to a poem on gender. It was commissioned to open the Saatchi showcase in Cannes the film uses 3D technology to allow the viewer to switch between two different versions of the film depending which set of glasses they view it through. Much of the video and poem deals with how language and performance affect one's social interactions. [Published on 07-01-2017]

Posted by Janet Sebastian-Coleman on September 4, 2017

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Femininity;
Masculinity;
Biological Sex;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Stigma

Asterisk*

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Asterisk* is a spoken word poem written and performed by Oliver Renee Schminkey. This piece first appeared as the closing act of The Naked I: Insides Out produced by 20% Theater Company in Minneapolis, MN. The artist, who identifies as gender queer, eloquently and powerfully describes what it is like to live in a world that neither affirms nor denies their gender identity. It exemplifies how prescriptive language that is set in ideology can be limiting and discriminatory.

Posted by Kendra Ogdon on July 24, 2017

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Ideology;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Prescriptivism

'He', 'She', 'They' and 'Us'

This article appeared on The New York Times Insider and discusses transgender issues and the use of a person’s preferred pronoun rather than the conventional or binary pronouns commonly used when reporting a news story. The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and The New York Times policy for use of unconventional pronouns is discussed. [Published on 04-05-2017]

Posted by Chance Friesen on July 16, 2017

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Change;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

Boys' keypads Versus Girls' keypads

This image of “boys’ keypads versus girls’ keypads” shows ideologies about gender and texting. Apparently on a woman’s keypad, there are only three not-so-much-informative words: hm, ok, and oh, while boys seem to text normally, at least in words or sentences. It also shows a phonological feature of women’s texting habits like “hmmmmm, okkkkkk, ohhhhhh” which seems unnecessary when conveying information. In the place of the punctuation button, women apparently use two emojis: smile and wink. This may indicate two things: women’s talk is more cooperative, emotional and encouraging; or women’s talk is mostly not genuine, since whatever others text, women only reply with a happy emoji. Compared to the ideologies that women talk more than men, this keyboard image seems to show women scarcely text anything more than three non-informative words and emojis. However, they both portray a negative image of women’s talk: not too much content. The anecdote also portrays a binary distinction between girls’ talk and boys’ talk, and ignores the varieties of how women/men actually talk in real life.

Posted by Mengting Jiang on May 1, 2017

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Ideology;
Power;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
Womens Language

Boys' keypads Versus Girls' keypads

This image of “boys’ keypads versus girls’ keypads” shows ideologies about gender and texting. Apparently on a woman’s keypad, there are only three not-so-much-informative words: hm, ok, and oh, while boys seem to text normally, at least in words or sentences. It also shows a phonological feature of women’s texting habits like “hmmmmm, okkkkkk, ohhhhhh” which seems unnecessary when conveying information. In the place of the punctuation button, women apparently use two emojis: smile and wink. This may indicate two things: women’s talk is more cooperative, emotional and encouraging; or women’s talk is mostly not genuine, since whatever others text, women only reply with a happy emoji. Compared to the ideologies that women talk more than men, this keyboard image seems to show women scarcely text anything more than three non-informative words and emojis. However, they both portray a negative image of women’s talk: not too much content. The anecdote also portrays a binary distinction between girls’ talk and boys’ talk, and ignores the varieties of how women/men actually talk in real life.

Posted by Mengting Jiang on May 1, 2017

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Ideology;
Power;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
Womens Language

(Almost) Every time they say "BOY" on Monster Factory (Eps. 1-23)

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This is exactly what it says in the title--a clip show of every time the hosts of Polygon's video series Monster Factory say the word "boy". What is significant about the use of "boy" in this context is that it is non-standard. Most speakers of American English do not refer to grown men as boys in the same way that these same speakers refer to grown women as girls. Moreover, the hosts are both brothers, lending to their similar styles of speaking as well as senses of humor. I also included "internet language" and "slang" as tags due to the growing use of "boy" to describe grown men across the internet as the show gains popularity within gaming circles.

Posted by Katie Allen on October 16, 2016

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Gender;
Gender Binary;
Internet Language;
Slang

Always #LikeAGirl Girls Emojis

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This YouTube video sponsored by Always debates that the emojis used on smart phones are not representative of women. It says some of these may even be sexist. Emojis are wildly popular in today’s society and this issue may go unnoticed by many people. See for yourself as this video interviews women and asks their opinions on the subject.

Helping Trans People Find Their Voices

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Speech-language pathologist, Christie Block, helps transgender people find their voice.

Posted by Kristi Sparks on March 5, 2016

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Femininity;
Gender Binary;
Pitch

Freshwoman

This article has an interesting perspective on Language and sexism. How our language is still objectifying woman. It's speaks to the power of the words we use. [Published on 03-20-2012]

Posted by Tricia Roberson on February 17, 2016

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Power;
Femininity;
Masculinity;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
Sexism

Latinx: The ungendering of the Spanish language

A NPR story on the current practice of using a gender-neutral term for Spanish nouns like Latino/a, amigo/am, etc. Some commons approaches are Latin@ and Latinx. [Published on 01-29-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on February 15, 2016

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Spanish;
Gender;
Gender Binary

The linguists studied female Disney characters - and what they found was startling

An overview of the recent research by Carmen Fought about gender differentiation in Disney films. [Published on 01-26-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on January 28, 2016

Tags:
Gender;
Gender Binary

Facebook, the gender binary, and third person pronouns

An article by Lal Zimman about Facebook's changes to the options provided to users for gender identity and preferred pronoun usage. [Published on 09-23-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 3, 2015

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Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

The Gender neutral pronoun: 150 years later, still an epic fail

An article suggesting that efforts to introduce a gender neutral pronoun into English are bound to fail, given the history of the practice. [Published on 08-16-2010]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 3, 2015

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Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Pronouns

Hank Green on Genderbready Stuff

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In this video, Hank talks about a lot of stuff covered in the Genderbread Person posts. This is definitely not a perfect model either, but I think it's interesting to get another version (though he is also a cishet white male...). For example, though he does have the continuum going from "man" to "woman", which I do think is problematic, I think it's interesting that he added the "intensity" dimension.

Posted by Miriam Gölz on September 2, 2015

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Biological Sex;
Intersex;
Sexual Orientation;
Gender;
Gender Binary

A response to Naomi Wolf

Deborah Cameron's excellent response to Naomi Wolf. [Published on 07-26-2015]

Naomi Wolf misses the point about vocal fry: It's just an excuse not to listen to women

A response to Naomi Wolf's article suggesting young women should stop using vocal fry because it makes them sound less authoritative. [Published on 07-27-2015]

Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice

Author and feminist Naomi Wolf pens an article for the Guardian urging young women to stop using marked features like vocal fry and uptalk. [Published on 07-24-2015]

NPR: Talking while female

An NPR video piece on the criticisms of women's voices, including their use of higher pitch, HRT, creaky voice, and their evaluation as less authoritative [Published on 10-24-2014]

Can changing how you sound help you find your voice?

A NPR story profiling two women who worked to change their voices due to the stigmatization of their ways of talking. These woman worked with a voice therapist who normally provides therapy to transgender individuals. [Published on 10-14-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 27, 2014

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Youth;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Womens Language;
Pitch

57% of Languages do not have gendered pronouns

A map from the website "Sociological Images" showing the distribution of gendered and gender-neutral pronouns in the world's languages. 57% of languages profiled here make no gender distinctions. [Published on 10-11-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 14, 2014

Tags:
Gender;
Gender Binary;
Pronouns

Sweden's new gender neutral pronoun is a step towards equality, and catching on quick

A blog post on the recent spread of the gender neutral pronoun "hen" in Sweden. [Published on 10-08-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 14, 2014

Tags:
Gender;
Gender Binary;
Pronouns

Speech markers reveal details about your age, sex, and lifestyle, scientists claim

A daily mail article discussing research that finds gender and age-based differences in the use of fillers [Published on 10-06-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 8, 2014

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Change;
Gender;
Gender Binary;
Discourse Marker

NY Times: Japan's Top Voice

A 2013 article about Japan's Phone-Answering competition, which still prizes women using Japanese Women's Language

Posted by Kara Becker on December 20, 2013

Tags:
Japanese;
Gender Binary;
Womens Language

Girl vs. Woman

A 2013 Harvard Crimson article about the terms "girl" and "woman" as terms of reference.

Posted by Kara Becker on April 11, 2013

Tags:
Gender Binary;
Womens Language

"Ultimate Man Cave" Paint Colors

In 2011, Canadian paint company CIL paints renamed 27 of their paint colors to appeal to male shoppers, with names like "Dirty Socks, "Midlife Crisis, and "Iced Vodka." Citation: Lakoff, Robin. 1972. Language and Women's Place.

Posted by Kara Becker on April 11, 2013

Tags:
Lakoff, Robin;
Gender Binary;
Womens Language

2010 Color Survey Results

Results from a survey asking participants to label colors in 2010, with an analysis of gender differentiation in the data. Citation: Lakoff, Robin. 1972. Language and Women's Place. Journal of Sociolinguistics.

Posted by Kara Becker on April 9, 2013

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Lakoff, Robin;
Gender;
Gender Binary

Women don't talk more than men, so why do people believe that they do?

A Slate article debunking the myth that women talk more than men, and speculating about the myth's staying power.

Posted by Kara Becker on February 25, 2013

Tags:
Gender;
Gender Binary

High School asks female student to pledge to stop cursing

A Catholic High School in New Jersey asks female but not male students to pledge to stop cursing.

Posted by Kara Becker on February 13, 2013

Tags:
Gender;
Gender Binary

Transgender voice lesson

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An example of the many voice tutorials on YouTube made by transgendered individuals for other transgendered individuals interested in sounding more like their gender role - more like men or women.

Posted on November 8, 2012

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gender non-conforming;
Gender Binary

Code-switching: How to talk so men will listen

A website based on a book of the same title, offering guidance for women who want to "code-switch" out of women's language.

Gender and the performance of Pitch

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A graph of men and women's fundamental frequencies in apparent time. The expected difference in mean pitch given differences in the size of the laranx is greater in practice, suggesting that pitch differences are exaggerated during the performance of gender.

Posted on October 2, 2012

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Gender Binary

How to Develop a Female Voice: The Transgender Support Website

This site provides resources and instructions for feminizing the voice, discussing specific linguistic resources including pitch, resonance, enunciation, and vocabulary.

Changing the language of fatherhood

This 2009 blog post on the NYTimes blog Motherlode addresses terms and other linguistic manifestations of a gender imbalance for fathers who participate actively in caregiving.

Posted on October 2, 2012

Tags:
caregiving;
Gender Binary;
Masculinity

The Wire: female police officer Kima Greggs

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The character Kima Greggs from the HBO series The Wire, in a scene where she aligns with masculine linguistic practices and other attributes. The character is female and homosexual.

Copywriter uses male pen-name

A 2009 blog post from online copywriter James Chartrand of Men with Pens, revealing her choice to adopt a male pen-name in order to earn more in her field.

Posted on September 27, 2012

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Gender Binary

The Third Sex: The Truth About Gender Ambiguity

Discussion of the hardships faced by intersexed individuals, including sex reassignment surgery, gender identity, and societal stigma.

KFC Double Down

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A 2010 Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial where men speaking with (synthesized) higher mean pitch are "masculinized" by eating the Double Down sandwich.

Posted on September 25, 2012

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American English;
Pitch;
Gender Binary

How to interpret Man Speak

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A sketch video translating "man speak" for women.

Posted on September 25, 2012

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Gender Binary

Harvard Sailing Team: Boys will be Girls

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A sketch from the Harvard Sailing Team displaying male actors using "women's language."

Posted on September 25, 2012

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Gender Binary;
Womens Language

The Mindy Kaling Backlash

A 2012 Jezebel article discussing the negative reaction to Indian American writer/producer/director/actress Mindy Kaling, who has been characterized as "brash" and cocky for speaking confidently about her career.

Posted on September 25, 2012

Tags:
Gender Binary;
Womens Language;
Indexicality

Dad wears skirt

A 2012 article about a German father who supports his son's desire to wear skirts and dresses by wearing a skirt himself.

Posted on September 20, 2012

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Gender Binary