Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

“The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.

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obamafart:

zayrn:

there’s literally no point in teaching girls to be body positive if you only use men’s opinions for validation like “boys like girls with curves” nah get that the fuck out of here

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tastefullyoffensive:

Anna Kendrick’s reaction to the leaked celebrity photos. [@annakendrick47]

tastefullyoffensive:

Anna Kendrick’s reaction to the leaked celebrity photos. [@annakendrick47]

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theblogofmicah:

Always the best option.

theblogofmicah:

Always the best option.

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mydisneystories:

tell me boy meets world wasn’t brilliant

tell me

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applebright:

addictedtoamypoehler

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”

applebright:

addictedtoamypoehler

“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.”

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heartuncensored:

… Stuff like this always gets me. I grew up in a shelter as a child. I could have ended up anywhere. I was homeless in my teenage years. I could have ended up nowhere.

But I had a mother who turned her life around and I had people who loved me enough to take me in.

I will always have a soft spot for the homeless.. I will want to help the less unfortunate and I will always do my god damn part to help people who are in need.

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