Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can). This is the brilliant second episode in Season 3 of Stephen Fry's critically acclaimed Fry's English Delight.
Stephen Fry is a celebrated British actor, novelist, journalist, presenter, intellectual and wit. He has produced four novels and two volumes of autobiography, and has written for radio shows and TV. His TV credits include "Jeeves and Wooster" and "Blackadder," and he hosted the BBC TV series "QI."
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`Gender' brings up visions of tawdry, dry French lessons, where lots of rules are rote-learned, then forgotten post GCSE's.
Actually, there is a lot of interesting material about gender, which is only enhanced by Fry's own tendencies...
For instance, there is the nature of all women & all men conversations.
Male conversations tend to take turns (as with Shakespearean monologues).
Female conversations on the other hand are more like `Jamming sessions' where `laughter is almost treated like an instrument.'
Coupled with this, there is also a short interview with the surgeon `who does the most sex changes in the UK', where it is explained how the vocal cords are thickened & shortened & men (turning into women) are taught how to use more adjectives & make greater use of tone.
Again, not to spoil the content, but there are many other interesting facets regarding gender (& transgender) in this section.
P.S. See 'Fry's English Delight - Series 3' if you want to see the review of the full product.
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