When the Internet became omnipresent throughout homes, businesses, and educational institutions, it was hailed as the great equalizer for gender relations. This presentation examines the use of language and gender roles of English language learners in a discussion forum. Each posting was examined and coded according to seven categories. Analysis showed females used strong male language and negative socioemotional reactions when provoked by sexist or controversial comments. Discussion includes how CMC environments may be used to neutralize gender and cultural biases.
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