Differences in Gender Communication – Stereotyping

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Differences in Gender Communication – Stereotyping

Our genetic sex is determined at birth by factors out our control, yet being born either female or male is one of the most important characteristic of our lives. The most typical question asked about a newborn is generally “is it a boy or a girl,” and still today that is the first thing we notice when we meet someone new. Almost every official form that is filled out requires this information, whether we are female or male. Physical appearance, dress, behaviour, and language provide some of the most important means of identifying ourselves daily to others as male or female. When we see a baby dressed in pink with a frilly bonnet, we conclude it must be a girl, or a baby with a jumper on, with a hockey emblem we assume it is a boy. Even though unisex fashions have made gender boundaries increasingly less rigid, gender is still one of the most visible human traits.

A stereotype is when someone or something is characterized by a conventional opinion or image. Some say that stereotypes are the number one cause of misinterpretations between both the men and women in the work place; this of course is true in larger work places where the employees do not have a chance to develop a close relationship with its other associates. Most stereotypes are expectations about emotional expressions as well as the emotional reactions of the people. Most of the studies today find that the emotional stereotypes along with the display of these emotions match up with these gender differences when experiencing both emotion and expression. Stereotypes in the work place normally dictate how, by whom, and also when it is generally acceptable to display a certain emotion. Responding in a stereotype-consistent conduct may result in social approval with some people, or responding in a stereotype-inconsistent manner could result in disapproval with some people. In most cultures it varies what is socially acceptable in the work place,...
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