1. Briefly describe what Tannen means by "marked" and "unmarked" in terms of gender identity.
2. Two women. One woman is wearing flat-soled shoes. The other is wearing pumps with a fairly substantial heel. What are disadvantages AND possible advantages of both types of shoes for the women involved?
3. Why would Tannen’s “merely mentioning women and men” in her work mark her as a feminist?
5. Speculate: What would have happen if a man took his wife’s surname? Who would be marked/remain unmarked? Also, without using the word “tradition,” consider why women (for the most part) continue to take the husband’s surname, while only a handful of men adopt the wife’s surname.
6. In what ways do men in society have the “option” (in Tannen’s words) of remaining unmarked?
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