Sexism in Language and Talk-in-Interaction
journal contributionposted on 2021-03-31, 02:51 authored by Ann WeatherallAnn Weatherall
© 2015, © The Author(s) 2015. Feminists have long recognised important relationships between language and a gendered social order that disadvantages women. At the establishment of gender and language as a field of academic inquiry, work documented sexism in language—the ways words were used to ignore, narrowly define, or demean women. Using feminist conversation analysis, this article further develops that early work by considering recorded instances of gender and sexism in talk. A broad notion of “gender trouble” was used to identify 50 relevant cases from everyday interactions. Two sexist language issues that were evident in the collection are presented in this article—the derogation of women and participants’ orientations to gender inclusiveness. The analysis contributes to a better understanding of sexism in language by examining how instances of it unfold over turns of talk. The study is discussed with respect to the methodological tensions inherent in feminist conversation analysis.
Preferred citationWeatherall, A. (2015). Sexism in Language and Talk-in-Interaction. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 34(4), 410-426. https://doi.org/10.1177/0261927X15586574
Journal titleJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Online publication date2015-05-18
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