How Gender Affects Communication

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How Gender Affects Communication Human beings communicate on many different levels such as culture, gender, age, and so forth. Communication is the most important thing in a person’s life. Of course we need the basics of food, water, and shelter. But communication is always left out of that group. If people didn’t communicate, we wouldn’t be where we are today. One of the most important parts of communication is gender. Men and women are different in almost every aspect of life. It causes both good and bad in the way they both communicate. According to Cynthia Burggraf Torppa of Family and Consumer Sciences, women are more sensitive to interpersonal meanings then with men. (1) This would mean that women take on the role of being the one to manage the intimacy in the relationship. Also, women have carried the role of being the more sensitive, nurturing, careful, and loving gender throughout the years. Where as to men carry the characteristics of being strong, athletic, competitive, hardworking and headstrong. This idea dates as far back as human beings have been around. They’ve always had the role of being the decision maker and letting the women sit aside. But as the societies of our world progresses, the roles have changed drastically. Although, in some traditional households, the idea still continues on. The men are the primary breadwinners, and the women stay at home to take care of the children and household. The general way of categorizing gender is Male and Female. But there are more in depth ways of categorizing these genders. Such as Masculinity, Femininity, and Androgyny. These are all considered to be “Gender Roles”. Gender roles play a key part in determining how a person thinks and/or acts. Masculinity and femininity are both defined as the way men and women act. As I has stated above, Men and women carry very
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