How do we deal with gender when we process language? Do we take it into consideration when we hear words and sentences? In this week’s episode, we talk about gender and language processing: the different kinds of gender in language, how gender influences our ability to retrieve words from our mental dictionaries, and how our views on gender temporarily keep us from considering otherwise legitimate interpretations of sentences.

This was a topic we’d wanted to address for a while, and we’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

I’m really pumped about this episode, you guys. I was really surprised to learn some of the stuff that’s in here, and I’m actually really curious to see what would happen if we redid these experiments today? There’s still a crapton of gender normativity in the world but I feel like a lot of people are becoming more aware of different ways of doing things. I wonder how tumblr would fare on experiments like the ones mentioned here?

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