Why Men Don't Last

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Why Men Don’t Last vs. Communication Styles Men and women have been in an epic struggle for as long as humans have roamed the earth to try and understand one another. There have been many research papers, books, tell-all’s, magazine articles, etc. that have been written on the subject, people are even now going to school to try and study the opposite sex. In this essay, I will compare the essays of ‘Why Men Don’t Last’ by Natalie Angier, and ‘Communication Styles’ by Deborah Tannen. The goal by the end of this essay is to establish a baseline in the two authors’ comparison of genders; how each authors study of the genders effects communication and relationships; and how research and life experience really have the same results when researching this topic. I am going to discuss ‘Why Men Don’t Last’ by Natalie Angier first. Angier describes men as being great risk takers, self-reliant, and “by some measures take better care of themselves than women.” Women on the other hand, have a greater risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis. Women also have a greater risk of depression. I think that Angier definitely hits the nail on the head with these observations and references to studies when it comes to men. Myself, for example, find every reason to try and avoid going to the doctors when I don’t feel well, and try and self-diagnose and tuff out an illness; whereas my wife is more apt to reach out for medical care. I take greater risks in life and refuse to let people take advantage of me more than my spouse, who tends to be more forgiving and allows people to take advantage of her at times. In ‘Communication Styles’ by Deborah Tannen, Tannen takes a different approach to describing the differences between the sexes, her descriptions are more based through her teachings in the classroom, as opposed to real life situations. She says that
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