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Journal of Politeness Research

Language, Behaviour, Culture

Ed. by Grainger, Karen

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Gender and impoliteness

Sara Mills
Published Online: 2005-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jplr.2005.1.2.263


This article analyzes the complex relationship between gender and impoliteness. Rather than assuming that gender and impoliteness are concrete entities which can be traced in conversation, I argue that gender and impoliteness are elements which are worked out within the course of interaction. They are elements which are closely inter-related as stereotypically feminine gender identity is largely constructed around notions of “nice”, supportive, co-operative behaviour, either affirming or resisting those stereotypes of femininity. Challenging the notion that women as a whole are “nicer” than men in interaction, since much current research seems to highlight women’s interactional competitiveness, I argue that nevertheless supportiveness may play a role in other interactants’ judgments of women’s linguistic behaviour and may result in assertiveness being categorized as impoliteness.

Keywords: Gender; impoliteness; politeness; assertiveness; co-operativeness; nice

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Published Online: 2005-07-27

Published in Print: 2005-07-20

Citation Information: Journal of Politeness Research, ISSN (Online) 1613-4877, ISSN (Print) 1612-5681, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jplr.2005.1.2.263.

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