Daily Archives: March 2nd, 2014

QotD from PostSecret


From today’s PostSecret

QotD: Man Made Language

Researcher Dale Spender in Australia used audio and video tape to independently evaluate who talked the most in mixed-gender university classroom discussions. Regardless of the gender ratio of the students, whether the instructor was deliberately trying to encourage female participation or not, men always talked more – whether the metric was minutes of talking or number of words spoken.

Moreover, men literally have no clue how much they talk. When Spender asked students to evaluate their perception of who talked more in a given discussion, women were pretty accurate; but men perceived the discussion as being “equal” when women talked only 15% of the time, and the discussion as being dominated by women if they talked only 30% of the time.

Spender’s conclusion, if I may parahprase: you only think we talk too much because you’d rather we were silent.

Madmaudlingoes on Dale Spender’s research published as Man Made Language (1980)