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Volume 10 : 6 June 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Attitudes toward Women Expressed in
the Speech of Male College Students

B. A. Mahalakshmi Prasad, M.A.

Primary Focus of This Paper

This paper attempts to study the attitude of college going boys towards women, as seen in their use of language, in the city of Mysore, Karnataka in South India.

The modern college-going student uses the language he has acquired. In the case of a college student studying in Mysore, Karnataka, India, the predominant languages are Kannada, English and Hindi. The student uses these languages to convey his status, group that he identifies himself with, his education and thinking through the creative use of terms and by giving extended meaning to lexical terms that are in no way connected to the original meaning of these words. The paper's primary focus is on the attitudes that the college going boys portray towards women that is enumerated in the language used by the students.

Crimes against Women in Karnataka

Among the states of India, Karnataka State heads the list of crimes against women as per the records of State Crime Records Bureau (SCRB) reported in the Times of India newspaper dated February 16, 2010. Gang rape, molestation, abduction and murder for dowry are few of the crimes committed against women. The report also recorded the significant rise in rape cases - up to 486, of which six are of gang rape. As many as 2,186 women were molested last year. The husband or his relatives have committed the highest numbers of crimes against women. About 3,185 such cases were reported.

Language Use Revealing the Status of Women

The language used by the people living in a particular society can gauge the outlook of the society towards women. The society passively encourages the use of such language by people, which is portrayed in movies, television serials and other popular cultural effects.

This Study

The study was carried out in colleges in the city of Mysore. Karnataka, India. Fifteen minute recording of conversation of fifty students studying Bachelors of Commerce and Bachelors of Business Management was made. The students were also given a questionnaire to answer to gather information about their socio-economic background.

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B. A. Mahalakshmi Prasad, M.A.
Department of English
SBRR Mahajana First Grade College
Karnataka, India

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