CSUN COMS 360 - He Said, She Said (5 pages)

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Coms 360 - Comm + the Sexes

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Khachatrian 1 Shake Khachatrian COMS 360 Fridays 2 00 November 3 2016 He Said She Said The existence of a difference in gender communication has been a topic of interest for decades with generalizations being made between the sexes When messages are transmitted from sender to receiver there is a potential for distortion of the message due to how it may be perceived Differences in communication styles between men and women may be a result of this distortion or differences in the style and content of the messages However the miscommunications do not only occurs due to the biological sex of the speakers but by the feminine or masculine conversational styles that they utilize Problems arise when the intended message is not transmitted or the message is misunderstood Recognizing gender differences in communication enables both sexes to communicate better with each other Both women and men could benefit from learning each other s styles In order to understand the differences of communications patterns I will focus and analyze the masculine and female verbal conversational styles used by men and women In the textbook Gendered Lives by Julia Wood she supports the theory that women use communication as a way to establish and maintain relationships Wood states that women are responsive supportive and also value equality and work toward sustaining communication She goes on to show the polarization of communication by stating that men use communication as a means by which to solve problems maintain dominance and assertiveness Men are less Khachatrian 2 responsive and their talk is more abstract and less personal Men are generally perceived as direct confrontational and assertive in conversing with people Men use the technique of loudness to emphasize points while women use pitch and inflection for emphasis Women on the other hand are the exact opposites of men utilizing indirect consensual and cooperative conversational styles Wood 128 133 I started paying more attention to



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