Communication Differences Between Men and Women
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"Womanspeak and Manspeak" is the article that I chose to read. The article mainly talked about the differences of sociological behavior of men and women. Not just only on how they act, but mostly on how society views them to be. Basically, I had learned the how few differences man and women have. The only true difference is how we are perceived. Men have always been looked at as being at a higher status in life. It seems as if these ideas are still around today. Many people just assume that it is alright for men to do certain things that women are forbidden to do. Also, I learned that a person of higher working status instigates most touching or sexual behavior, which is usually a male. Of course this is not always tru in all situations. So, what is more likely the true story behind this? Are the differences between men and women real or are they only perceived? Three concepts, which helped me to understand the article in greater detail are tradition,
Tradition is something that is done the same way over and over again. Traditions may also be something that is done over and over that has been passed down from generation to generations of people. This particular article was all about traditions. By perceiving that the women today act and are all treated in the same way as early years in life is a tradition. When you act on things just because that is the way it had been done many times before, you are continuing a tradition. The article talks about defining a man or a woman into certain statuses in life. Men get power when their wives continue the tradition of losing their last names to take on their husbands. When you talk about certain working positions you always assume that they are held by males unless you specifically state that it is a woman. Such examples are, "lady professor", "lady pilot." One thing you never hear is "male pilot," or "male professor."
Besides keeping traditions, there are groups to be put into such as an ingroup. An ingroup is a type of group, which you may feel some belonging to. Although you may feel like you belong the group requires many demands to make sure you remain loyal to the group. As the article had stated that since men attain most of the higher positions in the workforce, they would be considered the ingroup. Everyone wants to be accepted and be able to live by the same rules. Men of a high status may get away with things such as propping there feet up onto the desk or sitting in a lounged position whereas a woman may not. It tends to...