Mary Bateson’s “Attending a World” explains two different kinds of awareness. The first type of awareness is the ability to concentrate on one thing exceptionally well, and the other is to be able to concentrate on a number of things at one time. According to Bateson, most women have the ability to multi-task, whereas most men do not. This is a very interesting concept because in theory, women are forced to multi task on a daily basis. For example, women often concentrate on multiple things at once. Such as cooking, cleaning, taking care of her children, as well as working to make a little extra money for the family. While men on the other hand usually only need to concentrate on one thing; their job. However, I believe that Bateson’s idea has many flaws. For example, in today’s world, many single fathers take on the same responsibilities that women do, including work. Today’s generation is becoming much more open minded, and is therefore sharing equal working amounts. Within the next few years, I believe that both men and women will be able to multi task on an equal number of things.
In “Attending a World”, Bateson is attempting to explain the differences of awareness between both men and women. Bateson’s tone is very informative because she takes no one side of the argument. Instead she focuses on getting the information out to the public, allowing them to make the decision of which side to take themselves. Throughout the essay, Bateson uses many examples to prove her multi tasking theory. She does this by providing evidence from the first generations of life, when men only had one task, providing food for the family, and women had all of the household duties. Bateson uses many different time periods to illustrate her ideas. “Attending a World’s” use of examples makes the topic very interesting and believable.