chapter  5
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Comparing the Production of Power in Language on the Basis of Sex

In recent years the general public has developed a fascination with sex differences in communication. The extremely widespread popularity of Gray’s (1992) book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, is evidence of this interest. Gray has since developed seminars, produced daily calendars, and written several bestselling books further elaborating on the subject. Gray’s main contention is that men and women are from different planets, and therefore speak totally different languages. His books purport to decode those languages for the opposite sex to enhance relational communication. Gray is the most popular writer on sex differences in language production, it is true, but it should be noted that more academic authors have also investigated this topic.