The Jezebel Problem: What 'bossy' women should know about language


PhD graduate Laura Hare taught herself Biblical Hebrew so she could analyse male and female speech patterns in the original text of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). She found the women characters consistently using language that shows deference to men. Some of these signs of deference exist in women's speech today in North American English. The only female biblical character who fully speaks 'like a man' also became an archetype of evil - Queen Jezebel. 'Ideas from the Trenches' producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic find out what Laura Hare's discoveries mean for the present day.

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