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1) Read the text Marked: Women in Workplace by Deborah Tannen. Explain how women are marked in society, and why.
2) Find in your everyday life, language or ways in which women are marked. Think of at least 3 examples.
3) Conclude by giving your impressions of this text and of the place of women in society.

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Deborah Tannen’s main thesis in her essay “Marked: Women in the Workplace” is that women lack “the freedom to be unmarked” (Tannen, 1995, p. 113). She appropriates the term “marked” from linguist theory, where she explains that it describes and modifies the meaning of a base word, while an “unmarked” word “carries meaning that goes without saying, what you think of when you’re not thinking anything special” (Tannen, 1995, p. 108). While this explanation does not seem analogous or adequate to how she uses the term “marked” in the context of an overtly politically charged distinction for how we read gender difference, we can still understand what she means without the clumsy comparison to linguistic theory. Through the many examples that follow...

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