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Marked Women, Unmarked Men

A water-colour drawing of two bull dogs on a red background approaching each other face-to-face with anger.

by Deborah Tannen // The New York Times Magazine, June 20, 1993.

Some years ago I was at a small working conference of four women and eight men. Instead of concentrating on the discussion I found myself looking at the three other women at the table, thinking how each had a different style and how each style was coherent.

One woman had dark brown hair in a classic style, a cross between Cleopatra and Plain Jane. The severity of her straight hair was softened by wavy bangs and ends that turned under. Because she was beautiful, the effect was more Cleopatra than plain.

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Cover image: torbakhopper, CC BY-ND 2.0

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