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Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it

"It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from each other, rather than moving closer together. And renowned linguist William Labov thinks there’s a connection between political and linguistic segregation.

 

"Labov suggests that it’s these deep-seated political disagreements that create an invisible borderline barring the encroachment of Northern Cities Vowels. When he looked at the relationship between voting patterns by county over the last three Presidential elections and the degree to which speakers in these counties shifted their vowels, he found a tight correlation between the two. And the states that have participated in the vowel shift have also tended to resist implementing the death penalty.

 

"Social identities are complex, and can be defined along a number of different dimensions like class, race, or ethnicity. Not everyone feels that politics are a part of their core identity. But I suspect that political ideology may become an anchor for accents to the extent that large social groups collectively identify themselves by their political beliefs. According to Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, this is happening more and more as Americans voluntarily cluster themselves into homogenous, politically like-minded communities."


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Gender inequality in education

Gender inequality in education | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
The world is happy to know that Malala Yousufzai from the Swat Valley in Pakistan is doing well and has been discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in the UK.Yousufzai has become a hero for the majority of people in the world...
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This article relates to Half the Sky because this shows how in a culture or society women are being oppressed for their basic rights that all humans should have are being stolen. I feal that this is wrong to treat women like this for something they can not control and something should be done about this worldwide. However, I also believe that you can't judge a culture nor blame the men because that is what they grew up with. For all there life and their ancestors life they believed women are less than and it is not so easy to make them look at the other way. I hope in the future there will be change and the world will be peace but nothing will work until a culture or society admits something is wrong. This article is valid as it talks about women and how important it is so that women can have a good education and further unite the world as one. 

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Gender Inequality is on the Rise | Women AdvaNCe

Gender Inequality is on the Rise | Women AdvaNCe | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
googles-glass-foundry-developers-working American women have made incredible strides toward gender equality in the twentieth century. We can wear pants, play sports, read Fifty Shades of Grey, vote, have a job AND a ...
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Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it

"It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from each other, rather than moving closer together. And renowned linguist William Labov thinks there’s a connection between political and linguistic segregation.

 

"Labov suggests that it’s these deep-seated political disagreements that create an invisible borderline barring the encroachment of Northern Cities Vowels. When he looked at the relationship between voting patterns by county over the last three Presidential elections and the degree to which speakers in these counties shifted their vowels, he found a tight correlation between the two. And the states that have participated in the vowel shift have also tended to resist implementing the death penalty.

 

"Social identities are complex, and can be defined along a number of different dimensions like class, race, or ethnicity. Not everyone feels that politics are a part of their core identity. But I suspect that political ideology may become an anchor for accents to the extent that large social groups collectively identify themselves by their political beliefs. According to Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, this is happening more and more as Americans voluntarily cluster themselves into homogenous, politically like-minded communities."


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Angela McRobbie on the Illusion of Equality for Women

Angela McRobbie on the Illusion of Equality for Women | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it
Has equality for women been achieved? Feminism has apparently achieved many of its aims. But have they? Angela McRobbie from the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, discusses her research on this topic.
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Sierra Leone: A happy ending to the sad tale of gender inequality is in our hands

Sierra Leone: A happy ending to the sad tale of gender inequality is in our hands | Gender Inequality | Scoop.it

A happy ending to the sad tale of gender inequality is in our hands Irish Independent On a recent visit to Sierra Leone, I spent an afternoon chatting to Frederica in a cafe on a rooftop in Freetown.


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Caitlin Dreher's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:42 AM

This article discusses how girls in their country are limitied to education. Sixty six million girls do not go to school and more than 2500 girls under the age of eighteen are married every day as child brides. Ninety persent of domestic workers are girls between the ages of 12 and 17. This article relates to Half the Sky becauses they both share the same experiences and obstacles that they face every day in their country. In my opinion, I think its sad the females are limited to an education as oppose to boys just because they are girls. For a female with a limited amount of education in that country means that you are more likely to be controlled by another person. You dont have any power or control over your own actions. It also relates to Half the Sky because it talks about the dangerous fears that women and girls are exposed to such as kidnapping, rape, sex trafficking and plenty more.  The women and girls are considered " second- class citizens". I think this article is very valid because it talks about real life obstacles that occur every day in their counry. 

Sirila Padi's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:27 PM

Thiis article appears on my page because its such an important topic that I feel like really could be solved if we worked together as individuals. We need to stop using stereotypes and everything else and really keep our mind blank. I dont think its right to be able to say "one should be expected to do this" or " you cant do this because your women/men". I think instead it should be that we are all here women or men for specific reasons. We each have qualities that can help us acheive more in the world and I dont think one should be limited to something due to their race. I think we all can benefit from reading this because it shows that gender inequality is in our hands. Its OUR faults for getting and creating all the stereo types for each race. Instead, we are all individuals who should work together and make this nation stronger. This relates specifically to Half the Sky because we see how women have to deal with certain things or our underestimated for being a women, which is wrong. Its time for us to stop and make a change.