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Tannen?s beliefs of being raised in separate conversational cultures has sparked much criticism from her critics, among them Katha Pollit, a columnist for the Nation, and Senta Troemel-Ploetz, who also holds a Ph.D. in linguistics. They believe that Deborah Tannen?s explanation of how men and women communicate is endorsing what they call ?difference feminism? rather than ?equality feminism,? which is what they support. Katha Pollit wrote an essay in 1992 entitled ?Are Women Morally Superior To Men?? In her essay, Pollit criticizes Tannen for being a ?difference feminist,? which means to think that men and women are essentially different rather than believing our economic and cultural systems discriminate against women. ?Equality feminists? believe that everything should be equal.

Pollit believes that difference feminists are supporting the idea that women are superior to men because of their capacity for empathy, nurturing, and nonhierarchical relationships. She believes that Tannen and others are letting men off the hook by letting them control power, wealth, and social resources because men think that women do not want them. Another one of Tannen?s critics, Senta Troemel-Ploetz, accuses Deborah Tannen of ignoring the possibility that men and women communicate differently because of differences of power. Troemel-Ploetz contends that the problem goes beyond conversational style. She believes that Tannen completely misses the power-struggle between the two sexes in the ways that they speak. She believes that society is giving men too much power in speaking

and essentially how people are leading their lives. Tannen?s advice on how to solve communication problems is mainly just to understand the differences in the way we speak. Tannen says, ?Many men honestly do not know what women want, and women honestly do not know why men find what they want so hard to comprehend and deliver.? Men and women are different so naturally we will behave and talk differently. Since we start communicating at a young age Tannen believes we are raised to speak in separate worlds by a combination of cultural and biological influences, and if we can better understand our differences, we can solve many of the qualms of communication.