Verbal and Nonverbal

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-Verbal Communication- Language is a powerful influence in our lives, through language we learn about ourselves and the environment. It both reflects and shapes the culture in which it is embedded.

Sexism is a political issue today. It affects the language we chose to use. It supports unfair and untrue attitudes to a particular sex.

A woman starts to speak but stops when a man begins to talk at the same time.

A simple conversation is escalating into full scale competition.

Sexism in the English Language:

Ignoring - Language ignores female .There are many words in our vocabulary which are supposed to include an understood "woman" in their meaning. Using generic terms which ignores female. (eg. He, man, forefather etc.)

Defining - Language both reflects and helps maintain women's secondary status in our society by defining her and her place.

It defines the role of women and men by adding prefixes or suffixes to words. (eg. Manpower, male, lady etc.)

Deprecating - Language deprecates women it can be seen in the connotations and meaning of words applied to male and female things.

Self-Disclosure is a process of communication through which one person reveals himself or herself to another, making him or her known. Women disclose more personal information to others than men do.

-Nonverbal Communication- Nonverbal messages carry over four times the weight of verbal messages when both are used in transaction.

Demeanor Persons of higher status have certain privileges of demeanor that their subordinates do not.

Use of Space Males control both greater territory and greater personal space than women.

Looking and Staring - Eye Contact Women look more at the other person than men do and maintain mutual eye contact longer.

Smiling Women engage in...