Gender and Communication

1830 WordsJul 2, 20028 Pages
Gender and Communications Communication is an ongoing, transactional process in which individuals exchange messages whose meanings are influenced by the history of the relationship and the experiences of the participants. (Adler, p.384) Communication depends on relationships between the people who are communicating, and on common basics between them. Problems in communications between people may arise due to differences in cultures, perceptions, values, and expectations from life. As in many other gender differences, miscommunications between males and females can be explained by either the biological aspect or the cultural/environmental aspect. Deborah Tannen, a University professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and an…show more content…
Females put a higher priority in relationships and closer friendships, use intimacy as an indicator for judging relations. Therefore, women use more physical contact while talking to others; touch more, and are more concern about exploring emotions. Women use more "close body" type of gestures, using "small space". They make less eye contact, more shelter themselves, and tend to hide parts of their body. Vocal qualities reflect sex-role stereotypes as verbal cues. Known from research (Stewart), as boys and girls grow older, girls express more emotion in their voices than do boys. As adults, some women add a questioning tone to their voices by using rising inflections that seems to seek approval; men use downward vocal inflections that convey certainty. Females are more concerned about their appearance and they have more choices to make about clothing than males. Men command more space in both posture and general body movements than women. They tend to be more physical, use activity and courage to show skills and to get attention of their body. Males use more eye contact, stand straighter, and generally use more positive and "open" gestures. Because men do not have much choice to make about clothing, they concern more about accessories like type of car, watch, and small handy electronic devices. Although the common masculine/feminine behavior stereotype holds that women are more concerned about their appearance, we
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