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COMPREHENSION OF TEXTS Review 3 appropriate published articles from journalistic sources in terms of how they represent women andor issues concerning women Selected Texts REILLY J 1994 Why cant we say what we mean The Police Review 28 January INGHAM J Women wanted for building site work Environment Correspondent PALFREY H 1990 Sexist language - a trivial matter The Woman Engineer Essential articles 2 Carel Press Carlisle John Reilly a West Midlands chief inspector writes an article purporting to illustrate the evils of political correctness His article begins with the example of a police officer forced to resign having described delegates of a meeting as Lezzies to a journalist Reilly goes on to describe how men have frequently been the victims of the back lash of political correctness It is immediately apparent that the author has little if any empathy for the plight of women His prose consistently portrays men as suffering the example of the male officer forced to resign and his claim that that officer is one of many men ruined by what he terms the madness of political correctness By contrast his treatment of women is far less sympathetic he does not for a moment consider the impropriety of referring to women as lezzies or the detrimental impact of a fellow officer referring to delegates as such He without comment on the issue describes political correctness as being a virus demonstrating an alarming nonchalance on the topic and indeed a total lack of understanding of the concept of being PC His treatment of Dr Jennifer Browns report is critical and dismissive Here the sexism is overt The author adopts the tools of sarcasm and facetiousness when writing about women It is noteworthy that when referring to the quota of officers he provides the figures for only men Given that the reference is in relation to Dr Browns report one would think that the
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