Impoliteness and gender differences in the Edge of Seventeen Movie

Suhandoko, Suhandoko and Lyatin, Uul and Ningrum, Dian Riesti (2021) Impoliteness and gender differences in the Edge of Seventeen Movie. NOBEL: Journal of Literature and Language Teaching, 12 (2). pp. 228-242. ISSN 2087-0698; 2549-2470

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This paper aims to analyze the impoliteness strategies performed by the main female character (Nadine) and her male interlocutors in the Edge of Seventeen movie. Taking the impolite utterances of Nadine and her male interlocutors as the data, this study found a thought-provoking fact that women who have been deleteriously stereotyped as “powerless” language users also have the potential to use impoliteness strategies as a way of negotiating and constructing their identity in today’s changing world. While both genders could potentially use impoliteness strategies as a way to negotiate and construct their power and identity in interactions, there were slightly notable differences in the use of the strategies. Women prefer to use positive impoliteness while men use negative impoliteness strategies. The use of positive impoliteness among women is influenced by their very sensitive nature to social relations so that any topic that is sensitive to social relations is considered effective as a face-threatening act. On the other hand, men use negative impoliteness to force their interlocutors to submit to their will, which is a trait of male dominance. By suppressing the freedom of choice of the interlocutor, the negative face is threatened. From these findings, it can be concluded that impoliteness can be used, not only by men but also by women, as a tool to exercise their power and construct their gender identity.

Item Type: Article
Suhandoko, Suhandoko
Lyatin, Uul
Ningrum, Dian Riesti
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender; impoliteness strategies; Edge of Seventeen Movie
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics > 20040303 Pragmatics - Talk in Interaction
Divisions: Fakultas Adab dan Humaniora > Sastra Inggris
Depositing User: M.Pd Suhandoko Suhandoko
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 05:25
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 05:25

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