What if a woman presented on a technical topic at a technical conference, and biased all of her gendered words and images toward women. eg, all personal pronouns were female; images of people in her slide deck were all of women; gendered idioms such as “hey, ladies!” were selected instead of “hey, guys!”
what effect would that have on the audience? the presenter? the perception of the presenter by the audience?
it would be a manipulative exercise and i’d be deeply hesitant to try it myself. i started thinking about it during class today when the instructor was talking about people not feeling free to speak their minds in meetings. at a technical conference, do women feel more or less comfortable asking questions than men? does the presentation and the presenter make a difference? if uncomfortable initially, would women feel more comfortable at the end of the presentation i’ve described above?