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3) Going one step further, even the common-place usage of the terms “guys” and “girls” places power in the male camp. While “guys” more likely references a post-adolescent young adult, the term “girl” is a child. Thus, they are not parallel forms of address. The correct linking terms would be guys and gals, boys and girls, men and women, and the like.
Often, students will say something along the lines of ‘but gals is just awkward.’ However, it is awkward simply because we are not accustomed to hearing it. Do you see examples of how unmatched pairing finds its way into everyday usage? For example, segregated sporting events are routinely referred to as the men’s basketball team compared to the girls’ team. Sensitive subjects are denoted as “men’s issues” or “ladies only” (again, a mismatch as “lady” would correctly be paired with “gentleman” or “lord”).
As you go about your business this week, see if you can find any other examples of unmatched pairings and share them here. Also choose someone to discuss this theory with and share your discussion and the thoughts they share. Is this something they have ever considered? Do you think they had a change in perception or behavior after your discussion?
Finally, considering everything you have learned and discussed about muted theory this week and from our class in general, how can you alter your communication to be more aware of it and bring it to the attention of others? More importantly, will you?

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