Transcript of "There Is No Unmarked Women" by Deborah Tannen
"There Is No Unmarked Women" by Deborah Tannen
What is the effect of opening the essay with elaborate descriptions of the women's dress?
The effect of opening the essay with the elaborate descriptions of the women dress are to illustrate how the author is degrading the image of women right from the start without even meeting them. There is irony involved because the male ratio is double that of the female ratio which in turn creates an atmosphere of male domination but still no judgement involved or acted upon towards the males in any way. The dress of a women is a symbol of who she really is and what she will be based on in society around her.
Do Deborah Tannen's references to her personal experiences strengthen or weaken the argument about marked vs. unmarked people? Explain.
Deborah Tannen’s references to her personal experiences strengthen the argument about marked and unmarked people because it allows her to adapt her writing of style into a more emotional style of writing. For example when the author was working in the conference room she establishes her way of how people judge women more then men so when a man is unmarked, which most are, they are under the radar or not noticed easily. Where as a women is always marked because she is always receiving negative feedback on how she looks or what she wears no matter where she goes there is always social judgement on them. So personal help to provide examples of how a man and women can be marked and unmarked in society.
Tannen wrote this essay in 1993. Is it outdated, or is it even more relevant today? Consider her thesis in light of other culture or ethnicities or time periods. In a country where womens choices in dress are restricted by social mores, for example is Tannen's claim acceptable?
Although Tannen wrote this essay in 1993, it is still relevant in todays society because gender inequality has evolved into a more serious issue than it has been in the past. In todays society, there is not a day that goes by without judgement being a main priority of many in todays world, very different from how it used to be maybe in 1993. For example Indian women who are strict to their culture and where the same clothing are still judged even though they all are wearing the same clothes, this is how society has evolved and there is little hope as to changing this.
Marked vs Unmarked
Unmarked= Being able to dress, act, or speak your mind without being judged.
Marked= Being shamed and or frowned upon for the way you act, dress or speak.
Directions: 5 minutes to discuss with table group. Decide which person "wore it better" and list the reasons why you believe so.
Man = Human
Woman = Human
“There Is No Unmarked Woman” By: Deborah Tannen Essay Analysis Who are you? Are you a unique individual? Does your appearance really reflect you? Deborah Tannen’s “There Is No Unmarked Woman” exemplifies how normal it is in this society for women to be superficially judged and “marked” on the basis of appearance. This is in contrast to men, who are given the social option to remain incomparably “unmarked” by attire. Tannen uses two specific term throughout her entire essay, marked and unmarked.
Tannen analyzes our society’s peculiarity of judging women based on their appearance but not judging men based on the same circumstances throughout her essay. Tannen points out, everything a woman wear and her appearance “marks” her about while in contrast, men, can remain “unmarked” by choosing the standard regulation of dress and appearance. The appearances of these individuals are presented through the use of tone, diction, imagery, characterization and allusion.
Tannen’s use of all these rhetorical devices provides the reader with a visual of the conference. Tannen uses an allusion of her being at a conference consisting of four women (including her) and eight men. Tannen’s use of imagery and characterization when the describing the individuals gave the reader a clear, descriptive picture of each of the individuals appearance. “There Is No Unmarked Woman” mainly focused on the other three women at the conference despite the fact that there was double the amount of men there.
Tannen vividly described the three woman down to the last detail. From the way their clothes fitted their body to the last crinkle in their hair. She exemplified on the uniqueness of each woman and how each of them is “marked” based on their appearance. Each woman at the conference had a different style of dress, hair, make up and jewelry. Tannen said that these differentiated styles could not be “standard” and these unique appearances “mark” the women. Tannen shows how all eight of the men were remarkable in their unified plainness.
She said that they wore light shirt with dark pants and shoes. Their haircuts were nothing unique. They were “standard”. In continuation, according to Tannen, for women there is no unmarked style, all styles even no style holds some sort of assumption. Even filling out a form gives a woman’s personal point of view. Like when they use “Miss”, “Mrs. ” and “Ms. ” It tells whether they are single, have been married, or refuse to tell either way.
While with men, there are no questions to be asked because of the “Mr. In quote, Tannen says that “It is sad that women don’t have the freedom to be unmarked like men. ” Encompassing all of the author’s literary approaches and use of imagery, you are able to “hear” a voice, a tone in the essay. Tannen however has two tones within her essay. A feeling of compassion, modesty and liveliness is felt as Tannen describes the women despite her swayed mood at times. As Tannen is describing the men, her tone condescended. Her voice felt as if it when bitter and cold.
There was no expression of voice when describing men. Her tone showed that she was in favor of women or men which depicted or “marked” her as a feminist and a “male-basher”. In this essay, it was very clear throughout the essay that Tannen’s main point was that women are constantly marked no matter what their choice. Whether it is what they wear or what they talk about a woman is marked. Being a woman is like living in a fishbowl where everyone can see you and they are all taking notes.