Gender And Communication : Is It Social Or Biological?

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Gender and Communication: Is it Social or Biological?
Imagine the moon and the sun having an opportunity to communicate, what would they talk about? How would it come across? Although the two constellations dwell in the same galaxy, it’s pretty clear they do not see the world the same way. Their perception of the world appears different just like when it comes to women, men and communication. The sexes seem to have difficulties understanding each other. Misinterpretation is a common happening when a female talks to a male and vice versa. The other sex has a hard time figuring out what the other means; a simple “ok” or “I’m fine” can carry so many meanings when used in a conversation, or argument. “Ok” can mean simply ok, but in an …show more content…

Communication differences can be traced back to the human biology. Females have some male testosterone hormone and men have some progesterone and estrogen in their body. Maybe this is the reason why the genders have a hard time communicating with one another. In the words of John Gray “Both the Martians and Venusians forgot that they were from different planets and were supposed to be different. In one morning, everything they had learned about their differences was erased from their memory. And since that day, men and women have been in conflict” (11). What Gray is trying to push across is that gender differences have been there since birth. Females having XX chromosome and Males having XY chromosome, there have always been a genetic/biological difference in the way the two genders address and see one another. In “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: a Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in a Relationship ”, Gray reasons that men and women have diverse communication styles, needs, goals, and values, and that the key to a successful relationship between the genders are for both to understand these differences. Gray mentions some differences that include women wanting to feel treasured and men wanting to feel necessary, and women wanting respect and commitment and men wanting appreciation and admiration. He also talks about women being relationship oriented and men being goal oriented. He explains that when it

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