The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages? Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007
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immensely readable (Red Pepper Magazine)
a brilliant and timely book. (Katharine Viner, The Guardian)
I sensed early on in this delightfully spiky book that Deborah Cameron - an Oxford professor of language and communication - would give a first-class kros, and enjoy it, too. (Susannah Herbert, The Sunday Times)
Cameron, skilled at deflating the sweeping generalisations of others. (Susannah Herbert, The Sunday Times)
[A] vigorously argued book (The Guardian)
Fascinating, insightful, comprehensive...you'll just have to read it for yourself. (www.thefword.org.uk)
short and enjoyable read (Sarah Ensor, Socialist Review)
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Deborah Cameron is Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. An internationally-known researcher in the field of language and gender studies, she is the author / editor of several academic books on the subject, as well as many articles.
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For anyone who looks at the "stupid male" stereotypes on TV and blames it on feminism they should read this book because they will see that the Mars/Venus revival is actually responsible for such awful stereotypes and that feminists like Cameron challenge gender stereotypes regardless of the gender they are targeting.
I also loved Cameron's sense of humour - very sharp and to the point. My only disagreement is that whilst she argued extensively against the cultural relativism of Deborah Tannen's "You just don't understand", their arguments at times seemed very similar. Excellent book though.
She demolishes many of the myths about the differences but she also suggests that many of us - and the media - have an interest in maintaining those myths. We've all heard the one about women talking more than men but in fact most studies have shown that the opposite is true. Women gossip more than men? Not true - both men and women gossip but men think of it as an exchange of information.
The author points out changes in society have caused anxiety for some people and these are the ones who are likely to fix on gender differences as being fundamentally unchangeable in an attempt to turn back the clock. It's the syndrome of nailing everything down to stop it changing. The overall message from this book is that there are more differences between members of the same sex in the way they use language or the style of their communication than there is between the sexes. What the research undertaken in this area does tell us is far more interesting than the `familiar Mars and Venus platitudes'.
This very readable and thought provoking little book refers to many less well known research studies and provides notes to each chapter and index. There are plenty of references for listed if readers want further information.
It isn't a bad book and is probably worth reading if you previously thought there was a large difference between how men and women communicated, but for someone like me - who is used to more academic books - I wouldn't recommend it.
It wasn't a terrible book, but while the writer complains about how writers talking about differences in men and women's speech don't back their arguments up with facts, I felt that there weren't enough documented studies in this book. I know that finding studies that report 'no differences' aren't often reported, but I would have enjoyed deeper descriptions of the studies that were mentioned. Some of the studies I'd previously read myself, but most people won't have.
The book focused on speech, hardly touched on writing and didn't even mention internet communication as far as I remember. Despite my moans there were interesting parts; for example, I didn't know that in some other cultures women are the ones associated with swearing and directness and it is men lauded for their subtleties of speech.
This is likely a very good book for dispelling untruths about the differences between men and women's communication with some interesting points, but could do with a slightly more structured, academic approach.
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Everyone who thinks Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus is a good book should read this.Published 13 months ago by Cheryl Levett
I really loved this book. Not only did it debunk many myths that I previously thought were irrefutable, but it really gives you the tools to critically analyse other studies out... Read morePublished 16 months ago by og505
I loved this book. I've always subscribed to the theory 'that women are from earth men are from earth, get over it' so maybe, like all those people who believed the myth that men... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
As an A-Level english language student it was over helpful - however the layout could be been a bit more clearPublished 21 months ago by Maureen Browne
Every person should read this book! It is an informed response to "Men are from Mars...," - the book to which its title refers. Read morePublished on 6 May 2013 by Mary Douglas
One of the other reviewers here says something about how 'studies showing differences between the sexes are more likely to be published than studies showing similarities, as... Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2010 by Byron
This is a good very interesting book. i brought it as research for an A level project and found it really useful.Published on 14 April 2010 by H. Rogers
On reading this book, it quickly becomes clear that the reason for alluding to "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" in the title is simply a ploy to increase sales by... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2009 by Danny Colyer
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