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Language and Gender

I'm about to write a paper about language and gender. Pretty much anything goes, so I thought I would conduct a little survey to see if my hypothesis is right, that being raised mostly by women can affect how men will behave later on in life or how they will respect women and whatnot. (Also, do you know of any sources, sites, and books I should look at? Or recommendations, rather. I know I can Google this, but it's easier to ask. :P)

If you are male and were raised by mostly women, do you think you behave differently from men who were raised equally by both parents when it comes to the stereotypical gender roles (e.g., boys don't cry. Boys play rough and play sports. Girls are supposed to be quiet and courteous, polite. Girls play with dolls. Girls tell each other secrets and try to be the same while boys play in groups, are rough and try to one up each other in status/position)? Do you feel like you don't fit in with other guys? Tend to have more friends who are female than male? Are you quiet or outgoing? Do you think the way you were raised has some influence on your sexual orientation? (nurture vs. nature)

Hopefully that makes sense and you know what I'm trying to get at?

As for me, I was raised by mostly women. My mom was the one who did everything while my dad just took the backseat and watched and just gave me money or whatever and said, "Here, go have fun" instead of playing with me and teaching me how to play sports. I have one older sibling who's female. I don't have any brothers. In school, most of my friends were girls because I related to them better and didn't know how to interact with other boys. My best friend was a girl and I hung out at her house almost every day of my childhood. She has two older sisters. I'm very quiet and to myself a lot. I never played sports and don't like sports. I never learned how to fight or anything like that, etc. etc. I'm also gay.

EDIT: I guess it would help to have the language part as well. I didn't think much about it, but:
I guess I should add stuff about what kind of words do you use around women? How you talk to women? Do you talk like women? Do you use a lot of tag words? etc.

Perhaps I should also look at stuff like hedging, overt prestige vs covert prestige, hypercorrection, use of profanity, being direct and indirect, arguing, apologizing, pronunciation, and slang? Or pick a few?
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