03 April, 2007

Dale Spender - Interview

She started lecturing at James Cook University in 1974 and then went to London and published the book Man Made Language 1.

She taped people's conversations and discovered that it was generally women who did most of the support work. "They asked the right questions, provided encouragement and feedback, made the male speaker feel important. But this meant that men did most of the talking,"

Dale says. "Women who did talk for more than about one third of the conversation were most often described as bossy, aggressive, rude, and as dominating the conversation, even when they got much less than a 50 per cent share."


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