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Ambivalent Sexism

Often the “breakdown in communication” that one may experience is ambivalent sexism—the active subtext of sexism present in the interaction. The attitudes and beliefs (often unconscious) that we carry toward our own as well as the opposite sex can have a significant impact on the dynamics of interpersonal interactions and efforts to communicate. Following are some of the basic sexist assumptions that are socially constructed and reinforced (for us to…

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Role-playing Gender Communications

I’m glad of the opportunity to take our previous conversation about gender and communication dynamics from six months ago a little further. We’ll also do some role-playing of gender communications a little later. Rather than a “how to,” I think of this more as a “be with”… By that I mean working to understand the social dynamics at play as well as the unconscious gender attitudes and orientations we carry.…