What is the impact of gender on communication? How have beliefs about gender differences or role expectations impacted your life?Discuss the impact of gender on communication. **Please cite...

What is the impact of gender on communication? How have beliefs about gender differences or role expectations impacted your life?

Discuss the impact of gender on communication.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have always appreciated the thoughts of the previous poster, but I really have to concur with him on this one.  Complete agreement.  Anytime social expectations regarding gender are placed in any circumstance, there is an initial difficulty reconciling what is told by society and what is experienced in subjective experience.  This becomes one of the most challenging elements in any particular narrative where there is a social expectation on communication imposed.  The challenge is learning how to navigate this imposition so that it does not inhibit relationships, but can be seen as a part of it.  When I talk to students, many of the girls are extremely willing to talk and communicate, but I also have to understand that some of them might be predisposed to not being forthcoming with conversation, just as some of the boys might enjoy to talk a great deal.  The idea of social expectation is something that cannot replace substantive and subjective understanding, but rather is a part of it.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

People say that men and women communicate differently, but you couldn't prove it by my marriage.  Actually, you could, but in the "wrong" way.  My wife is very close-mouthed.  She never wants to talk about much of anything.  I'd be happy to talk about feelings, etc, but not her.

So I suppose you could say that gender role expectations have made my life a little harder, especially some years ago when we were first together.  It took a while for me to realize that she wasn't giving me the cold shoulder out of anger or anything, that's just the way she was (and still is).