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Forty years ago, Sally Miller Gearhart opened her “The Womanization of Rhetoric” by saying:

My indictment of our discipline of rhetoric springs from my belief that any intent to persuade is an act of violence. In this first section I'd like briefly to review our culpability as teachers of persuasion, explore the distinction between change and intent-to-change, and finally describe a culture-wide phenomenon, the conquest/conversion mentality, in which I find public discourse to be but one of many participants.

The patriarchs of rhetoric have never called into question their unspoken assumption that mankind (read 'mankind') is here on earth to alter his (read 'his') environment and to influence the social affairs of other men (read 'men'). Without batting an eye the ancient rhetors, the men of the church, and scholars of argumentation from Bacon, Blair and Whately to Toulmin, Perelman and McLuhan, have taken as given that it is a proper and even necessary human function to attempt to change others. (195)

In the 40 years since her “indictment,” we have seen significant response in the field of rhetoric and in communication. A third wave of feminism, queer theory, and social justice movements are among the major developments that have created what could be viewed as meaningful changes to understanding and practicing non-patriarchal, non-violent rhetoric.

As new generations of scholars emerge in rhetoric and women’s studies, many of them are unfamiliar with Gearhart’s indictment. This call seeks to respond in a variety of ways and from a variety of voices to these possible questions: how are we really doing in Gearhart’s terms? Is rhetoric inherently less violent? Is rhetoric, as taught in classes, less violent? Have we made any progress in “womanizing” language? Do we still consider changing others a “necessary human function?”

  • Special Issue revisiting Sally Miller Gearhart's indictment will be published in November 2019.
  • 1500-4000 words
  • Manuscript deadline: June 1, 2019
  • Send to Paul Walker, Editor,