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The Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages? Hardcover – January 6, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0199214471 ISBN-10: 0199214476 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199214476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199214471
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Throughout the book, Cameron's examination of everything from childhood development to evolutionary psychology to Mars and Venus myths in the workplace is insightful, incisive, and enlightening. For those who have ever felt discomfort with stereotypes about gendered communication, this book is a breath of fresh air. The skeptic, the egalitarian, and the doubter of pseudo-science will relish this book, which is full of facts to tuck away for later use in dismantling the arguments of gender-determinists." --Aiko Ayers, The Hipster Book Club


"In this wonderfully refreshing new book, Cameron precisely reviews myths and candidly points out, that they are myths. Her work here is a brilliantly detailed review of where and when different and incompatible stories are made to fit our culture." --Feminist Review


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Deborah Cameron is Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. An internationally known researcher in the field of language and gender studies, she is the author or editor of several academic books on the subject, as well as many articles.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tes on September 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved this book - it was well researched and all the assertions were backed up by sound logic yet it was extremely "readable." As a woman who has always found that "Mars/Venus" stuff not only patently false but also somewhat insulting - this book was like finding water in a desert.

My absolute favorite passage was when the author debunked that fallacy that men don't "hear" when women are asking them for help. Paraphrasing: "Is there a man alive who upon hearing his wife ask him if he can take out the trash ACTUALLY thinks that she is asking if it is physically possible for him to do so in the most abstract of inquiries." HA!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heather on July 9, 2012
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Deborah Cameron really hit the mark on this one. She details the myth that men and women speak "different" languages, and produces sharp and detailed evidence for why it is just a myth. Yet, her book remains emminently readable and entertaining.

I can see this book as having a wide target audience--from the average lay person who wants an entertaining and informative read, to the avid linguist. The only regret I had at the end of the book was that it was over, and I couldn't read more of it!
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By Ashley Jemison on December 9, 2014
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Was used as a text book in a Gender Studies class. Interesting points made and highly recommended
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