See article Here Summary: She finds herself judging the other women, but not the men.
Instead of concentrating on the discussion I found myself looking at the three other women at the table, thinking how each had a different style and how each style was coherent. In continuing, Tannen uses vivid imagery to describe the other women. However, what makes these descriptions significant is that there is no similarly detailed description for any man at the conference.
Tannen goes into great detail about the manner in which each woman is dressed and styled, but only provides a vague idea of how the men were dressed and styled.
There are infinite ways in which a woman can choose to present herself through appearance and behavior, but there is no such freedom for men. With the thesis of the essay now apparent, Tannen goes on using another very effective rhetorical device.
After observing real-life situations in which women stand out from men, she goes on to define this boundary in terms of linguistics. The unmarked form of a word is the base word, and in order to mark a word, one must then add something to it in order to alter its meaning.
This being said, Tannen goes on to explain that the unmarked form of a word has a strong tendency to be seen as the masculine form of the word, and in order to make the word feminine, one must add something.
She explains it in this way: Every style available to us was marked. However, each woman attending the conference was expected to make choice after choice in order to appear separate from the baseline masculineand in order to distinguish herself from among the other women, too. All styles available for men to adopt are, by nature, unmarked.
In order for women to appear feminine, however, they must do sometimes wild and abstract things to their faces, hair, and bodies. It begins to appear here that Tannen is implying that femininity itself is nothing but a three-ring circus, and that women only do these actions in order to be different, and to be pleasing to men and competitive with other women.
The true, but humorous example most relevant to this statement comes in the form of a question posed by Fasold. In summary, the epithelial cells develop first — including the nipples — before the physical gender of a fetus is genetically determined.
Next, Tannen goes on to cite Fasold and his many examples and arguments toward why females are the unmarked gender including examples such as mating patterns of certain species and parthenogenesisthe result remains the same; the examples are poignant enough to work.
The credibility of Tannen is increased significantly by this concession to someone with more knowledge than herself, and the tone of the paper shifts from personal anecdote with a little definition into a scholarly article most would find worth reading.
In her conclusion, Tannen goes back to more linguistic definition and indulges the reader in a little history in order to offer perspective.
In other words, the female was declared by grammarians as the marked case.
For without this perspective, at this point in the article, the reader may still be unconvinced. Because she makes no hint that she is attempting to change the convention at this point, the essay becomes one of merely addressing the issue.
It is left up to the audience to then to also acknowledge this phenomenon on daily life, and decide what must be done.read deborah tannen's most recent op-eds TIME's Motto, "The Truth About How Much Women Talk -- And Whether Men Really Listen" The Washington Post, "It's not just Trump's message that matters.
Nov 13, · In the essay There Is No Unmarked Woman, Deborah Tannen, a Georgetown University linguistics professor, argues that apparently women are base upon character on how Words: — Pages: 5.
- An Examination on Sociocultural “Marking” of Women – Rhetorical Analysis of “There Is No Unmarked Woman” by Deborah Tanen introduction?? Deborah Tannen, author and Ph. D. of linguistics, investigates this question within the essay, “There Is No Unmarked Woman.
An Analysis of Marked Women In Marked Women, an essay by Deborah Tannen, she thought back to a time where she and some co-workers had gone on a business conference trip.
There was her and three other female coworkers. LISTEN TO RADIO INTERVIEWS ABOUT THE BOOK. NPR's 1A "A Little More Conversation: How Women Talk to Each Other". NPR's WBR The Joy Cardin Show "Understanding the Language of Girl Talk".
WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show "Deborah Tannen on Female Friendships". However, Tannen argues that there is no unmarked woman, while Kimmel claims that men are afraid of other men. Body 1: Throughout both essays, the authors keep referring to their main points of gender and the psychology behind it.