Comprehension of texts.

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Review 3 appropriate published articles from journalistic sources in terms of how they represent women and/or issues concerning women


Selected Texts:

REILLY, J., 1994. Why can't we say what we mean. The Police Review (28 January)

INGHAM, J.,. Women wanted for building site work. Environment Correspondent

PALFREY, H., 1990. Sexist language - a trivial matter? The Woman Engineer (Essential articles 2) Carel Press, Carlisle

John Reilly, a West Midlands chief inspector writes an article purporting to illustrate the evils of political correctness. His article begins with the example of a police officer, forced to resign having described delegates of a meeting as 'Lezzies' to a journalist. Reilly, goes on to describe how men have frequently been the victims of the back lash of political correctness. It is immediately apparent that the author has little if any empathy for the plight of women.

His prose consistently portrays men as suffering: the example of the male officer forced to resign and his claim that that officer is one of many men ruined by what he terms the 'madness of political correctness'.

By contrast, his treatment of women is far less sympathetic, he does not for a moment consider the impropriety of referring to women as 'lezzies' or the detrimental impact of a fellow officer referring to delegates as such. He without comment on the issue describes political correctness as being a 'virus', demonstrating an alarming nonchalance on the topic, and indeed a total lack of understanding of the concept of being PC. His treatment of Dr Jennifer Brown's report is critical and dismissive. Here the sexism is overt.

The author adopts the tools of sarcasm and facetiousness when writing about women. It is noteworthy, that when referring to the quota of officers, he provides the figures for only...