The Line

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The Line
There is a line across the desktop in the middle. In most primary schools, when a pair of deskmates is a boy and a girl, they will carve such a line, as inviolable as the 38th Parallel, to divide the territory. There is an invisible line in the high school refectory. Boys and girls seat themselves in two parts of the room. The line is a tacit agreement on which concurred by them. There are quite a few lines, perceptible or imperceptible, that reflect the differences between male and female in nearly all aspects of life, no matter how old they are. Language is another field that proves the existence of sexual lines. It`s so easy to notice the line between men and women when it comes to the use of language, and such kind of sex difference seems to be a reasonable choice.

In her essay The Party Line, the author Rachel Rafelman starts with the gender split in party and sets out to explore the social dynamic of men and women in conversation by combining the ideas of plenty of writers, editors and friends with hers. According to her, women get personal and are more interesting than men, who limit their talking in business, in conversation. “Given a chance, everyone prefers talking to women (317)”. Nevertheless, men are instinctively blowing their horns when talking while women have no such “instrument”—they even depreciate themselves.

However, on the basis of another essay about this gender issue, Sex Differences by Ronald Macaulay, men and women do not acquire and use differently. Macaulay claims that differences showed in research reports are not large enough to be statistically significant, people should focus more on what men and women have in common.

Both writers consolidate their thesis in their own way, but generally I think Rafelman's essay strike a chord with me. I mean, I prefer her opinion to Macaulay's.

The notion that the two sexes use…...

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