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By Jacob L. Mey

"For the colonized individual, objectivity is often directed opposed to him" (Frantz Fanon). Colonized individuals don't survive what we name (or used to name) the "colonies" by myself. ordinarily, goal truth, or the "facts of life", are very diverse reckoning on the kind of lifestyles you could have enough money. This is going for language besides; and it explains either the name of this ebook, and provides it its "raison d'ĂȘtre". It offers with energy in language, and asks: who's particularly in command after we use "our" language? And why does it make experience to discuss a language of energy (or loss of it)? The robust are the colonizers, the colonized are the powerless, in language as in geopolitics. Colonizers and colonized alike, notwithstanding, are topic to the social and monetary stipulations triumphing in society and for that reason, a radical research of those stipulations is a needs to for any socially-oriented concept of language use.

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Every time we make use of our language, we confirm and recapitulate our societal system. Language is not unlike the bills in our wallet or the coins in our pockets that capture our entire economic system in a single, concise statement of value. But merely recognizing the Emperor's face on the penny, like Christ reminded us in his famous tax lecture, is not enough: we still have to pay our bills and render our taxes unto Caesar, using Caesar's denarii, just as we still have to use our inadequate and manipulative language for all our real needs.

The first is that of 'male' vs. 'female' language. In our society, public communication is essentially a male affair. The men's language is tacitly accepted as the best, or even the only means of communicating in a public context. The male members of society (cf. the 'musclemen' above) determine what is being talked about in public and what not, how things are dealt with in public speech, and how not, etc. Men dominate the use of language all the way up from simple social conversation to the public and civil (not to forget the divine) services.

30 LANGUAGE AND MANIPULATION that they definitely do not reflect any female experiences in using language. Naturally, the life of a society is not only a matter of language and language use. However, the way language is used may give us a fairly accurate representation of the way a society functions, in particular as far as the structure and division of power among its members, particularly the sexes, is concerned. In general, women (as opposed to men) are often anxious and insecure in public surroundings.

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