Speaking Out: The Female Voice in Public Contexts by Judith Baxter (eds.)

By Judith Baxter (eds.)

Focusing at the lady voice in public contexts, language and gender experts think of the boundaries and possibilities encountered through girls in gaining attractiveness in politics, legislation, the church, schooling, company and the media, the place individuals are more and more judged via their speech and the place female and male speech is frequently evaluated differently.

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Opposition to women speaking 28 Theorising the Female Voice in Public Contexts was stronger against married than single women, and against affluent women working in any capacity in contrast to those with financial need. Family members as well as friends could provide either powerful opposition or assistance for a woman's move into male domains. Usually the assent and support of men was necessary, and a few men assisted women in becoming public speakers. With greater training, power, and authority than women, men could arrange for spaces, provide private encouragement and public endorsements, or even assist a spouse with research.

Although some women did not need income from their speaking, most women orators relied on their oratory to support themselves. Some worked for abolitionist organizations, perhaps doing extra appearances on women's rights on weekends; others were engaged by lyceums as speakers. Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) used part of her income to support her brothers and mother in the 1840s; in the 1850s, Smith and Dall began lecturing to support their families. Gaining communicative competence Ethnographic approaches also consider how individuals gain communicative competence to participate in the speech community's activities.

In Lacan's neo-Freudian developmental framework, the human infant becomes acculturated as a social subject through the acquisition of a language. This entry to the 'symbolic order' is prompted by the infant's perception that it is separate from the mother's body and cannot possess it; the resulting sense of 'lack' or loss prompts the infant to identify with the symbol of patriarchal authority-the phallus-and to substitute signs, that is symbolic or linguistic entities, for the bodily satisfactions no longer available.

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