Book: Gender Matters
Chapter: 9. Gender and politeness
In this essay I propose a way of analysing gender which does not focus overly on individuals as the determinants of meaning or language choices, but rather examines the way that gender impinges on individuals in the range of choices which are available to them. Politeness is already gendered institutionally, and therefore this gendering has an impact on individuals when they choose the level of politeness or impoliteness they consider to be appropriate.