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Muted Group Theory
Cheris Kramarae

Cultural Context: Gender and Communication


Theory Overview (9th Edition)

Man-made language aids in defining, depreciating, and excluding women. Women are less articulate in public because the words and the norms for their use have been devised by men. As women cease to be muted, men will no longer maintain their position of dominance in society. (Critical and phenomenological traditions)

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