Communication What? Essay

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12/7/11 Communication What? What is the difference in communication between males and females? Why can’t we seem to ever figure each other out? Many such questions have been asked, but what answers are there? How do we fix this so called language barrier? Is there a language barrier? Does the myth that men are from Mars, women are from Venus really stand true? Simon Baron-Cohen author of “The Essential Difference” states in his book that he put off writing it because “the subject was just too politically sensitive”. But Simon Baron-Cohen is not the only one who has researched this nor will he be the last. Oxford language professor Deborah Cameron thinks: The idea that men and women differ fundamentally in the way they use language to communicate is a myth in the everyday sense: a widespread but false belief. But it is also a myth in the sense of being a story people tell in order to explain who they are, where they have come from, and why they live as they do. Whether or not they are "true" in any historical or scientific sense, such stories have consequences in the real world. They shape our beliefs, and so influence our actions. The myth of Mars and Venus is no exception to that rule. For example, a customer at a store notices there are all women working at a coffee shop. So the man asks the manager why this is so and he simply answers that the women seem to have the right qualifications, that they have the ability to talk better and then says that women are just naturally better. But then he admits minutes later that if he were being honest, they select women just because they are women and not because of the qualities they have shown. Cameron goes on then explaining how this concept has grown so widely that it has become a trend. The jobs now that contain skills of communication and language typically go to women. I find it unjust that

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