Differences in Gender Communication

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Introduction This paper attempts to review for the reader a selection of literature that study and analyze the differences that exist between men and women and the manner in which they communicate. Not only do these pieces of literature fall into different categories and specialties, they also deliver varied opinions and results as to what causes the differences discussed. By becoming familiar with the many aspects of gender communication differences, the responsible worker or manager can synthesize those findings into a methodology that enhances work place communication. The literature available on gender communication differences, when analyzed, display themes of discussion. They are listed below in order of importance, followed…show more content…
A final noticeable trend in the investigation of verbal differences between genders is the literature addressing mixed-gender interview sessions. The training manuals and literature many businesses produce to ensure equality during the interview mainly document what constitutes an illegal interview question. This type of information is best exemplified in the writings of Bell, who details the types of questions that are prohibited by law (but are many times asked anyway). These laws are in place to protect women from discrimination in the hiring process, and run counter to the normal studies of gender communication differences in the sense that the women being interviewed understand the nature of the questions (such as “Do you plan to have a baby in the future?”) but rather are made to feel uncomfortable by the prying character of the questions (Bell, 2000).
All of these numerous perspectives contribute to making verbal differences the primary focus of the available literature regarding gender communication.

Non-Verbal Differences
The second-most prevalent theme of discussion regarding gender communication differences is the study of non-verbal differences. Many of the authors are in agreement about the types and effects of non-verbal communication, resulting in fewer areas of
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