International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Aspects of Gender Socialization as Expressed Through Language


Gender socialization tied to language is something in which researchers have been interested in recent years. Language and gender are now viewed not just something we have but something we do. Language attitudes, of course, factor into the concept of language and gender. Differences between male and female voices are attached to masculinity and femininity, and power seems to be attached to the male voice. Somehow, homosexual speech and dialect seem to be considered other than masculine. But much of gay speech stems from being socialized to use gendered speech. Connected to gay speech is camp language, which is related to exaggerated queer behavior. Presentation in terms of dress and behavior of lesbians and gays are also viewed as identity markers. Additionally, the existence of non-heterosexual speech as marked forms is internationally pervasive.