Over the past few decades, linguists have shown that, when it comes to speech, many gender stereotypes hold remarkably true: Men tend to speak loudly, while women whisper; men talk over each other, while women conspire behind each other’s backs; men hold back their feelings, while women lay them out to strangers they meet on the subway.
According to some critics, these differences are merely a reflection of our cultural presuppositions about gender.
Confession: My name is Feminista Jones and I love watching porn.
Salon spoke with Locke over the phone about sexual stereotypes, the “Real Housewives” franchise and the future of speech in the digital age.
So what are the differences between male and female speech?
While children aged one to nine years old are to be sold for the Iraqi dinar equivalent of $165, adolescent children between the age of 10 and 20 are to be sold for about $124.
Twenty to 30-year-old women are to be sold for about $85, while 30 to 40-year-olds are sold for about $65.
A United Nations official has confirmed the existence of an Islamic State sex slave price list that is distributed in Iraq and Syria to regulate how much enslaved women and children are sold for in the caliphate's slave markets.
United Nations special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, recently told Bloomberg that while she was visiting Iraq last spring, she obtained a copy of an IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, pamphlet that lists the varying prices for the different age ranges of enslaved women and children.
She cites Internet accessibility as one of the contributing factors to the increase in viewing in recent years.
This is true enough, as anyone can now access hundreds of thousands of videos via snippet sites that allow users to upload video clips and share with others for free.
Women, meanwhile, use quieter speech patterns to bond with each other — and help protect themselves against aggressive men.