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Language and gender 
To consider the connection between 
language used and gender.
Consider… 
• Do we use language differently when we are 
talking about men and women? 
• Might repeatedly hearing certain ...
Task 
• In groups of around 4. 
• Divide the A3 sheet into 4 sections. 
• Without being too offensive, list the following ...
Fill in a venn diagram – consider words 
which are used for both sexes. 
Boys Girls
Men Talk by Liz Lochead 
• Read and listen to the poem carefully 
• Back in your groups. You will be given a word used in ...
Consider 
• If language is not neutral and has the power 
to shape attitudes and reflect values, should 
we regulate its u...
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Lesson 1

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Lesson 1

  1. 1. Language and gender To consider the connection between language used and gender.
  2. 2. Consider… • Do we use language differently when we are talking about men and women? • Might repeatedly hearing certain words and phrases about boys and girls affect the way we think about them.
  3. 3. Task • In groups of around 4. • Divide the A3 sheet into 4 sections. • Without being too offensive, list the following in each section. (i) words of flattery for girls (ii) words of flattery for boys (iii) insults for girls (iv) insults for boys
  4. 4. Fill in a venn diagram – consider words which are used for both sexes. Boys Girls
  5. 5. Men Talk by Liz Lochead • Read and listen to the poem carefully • Back in your groups. You will be given a word used in the poem. • Make three or four statements about what is suggested to them by your word. • EG Gossip • 1) Gossip is about things or people in a limited sphere (such as local gossip, school gossip, celebrity gossip) • 2) Gossip is not about important matters • 3) Gossip might not even be true • 4) Gossip might be mean or nasty
  6. 6. Consider • If language is not neutral and has the power to shape attitudes and reflect values, should we regulate its use? • Does Lochhead’s poem (written in the ‘80s) still has validity today.

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