Gender Communication Issues

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Following are current concepts regarding gender communication issues.

Gender exists on a continuum – there is no absolute.

Masculine   5   4   3   2   1   0   1   2   3   4   5   Feminine

Disclosure of Information – Processing How Much to Say

MASCULINE FEMININE
Be productive Explore and organize
Get results Discover the point
Be efficient Not looking for solution:
looking for listening and understanding
Only the essential information

What It Means to Listen

MASCULINE FEMININE
What’s being asked of me? Conversation as an end in itself
Advice? Understanding
Assistance? Connection
What can be done about this?

Nonverbal Immediacy

MASCULINE FEMININE
Taught to disregard Taught to read and respond

Style

MASCULINE FEMININE
High power Low power
Male-oriented as standard Must adopt male-oriented standard to be taken seriously
Patriarchal
privilege
entitlement
misogyny

Differences in Relations Toward “Other”

MASCULINE FEMININE
Value their independence More social in their interactions
Self-assertive Create and foster bonds
Conversation as a means to establish and maintain dominance Intimacy in conversation
Boundary awareness; where work relationship ends and individual identity begins Communal problems and issues discussed
Enhance social connections and relationships

Conversation Dynamics

MASCULINE FEMININE
Interrupt more Give directions as a question
Aware of dominance/control Disadvantage to women:
tentative
subordinate
perception as second class
Oriented to lower status of women:
gender hierarchy
Face to face
Confident Talk about it
Capable Turn to others for support
Shoulder to shoulder
Internalize feelings
Withdraw
Isolate
To be authentic/transparent isn’t a good idea at work

Leadership Style

MASCULINE FEMININE
Value status Foster closer bonds
More controlling and authoritative Interpersonal style
Power orientation
dominance
aggression
problem-solving
ambitious for advancement
Relational approach
take care
democratic
participatory
role-oriented
Task-oriented approach
take charge
goal-oriented
autocratic
direct
controlling
Transformational approach
inspire change
values and needs-based
collective is more important than individual needs
Transactional approach
management-oriented
reward meeting goals
punish not meeting goals
take-charge approach
task-oriented
individual achievement
competitive
Develop potentials
Create common goals
Gain trust and confidence
Inspire
Create common vision
Communal
Team-oriented achievement

 

Learning more about these concepts in gender communication issues can be very helpful.


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Steve Siler is a psychotherapist with 20 years of experience, who teaches psychology classes at the local branch of Mendocino College. He has lived on the coast for 40 years, and he developed and ran the Mendocino Community High School, an alternative high school, for 20 years. Steve is also a theatrical producer and director.

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