Gender and Men

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Tatyana Telemanyuk
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2/4/2013
English 101

Communication in Marriage
Marriage is a beautiful thing, but at times can be very challenging. Making a commitment and keeping it takes a lot of work and patience. One reason that a marriage may face a problem is due to the lack of communication. At certain times women may need someone to hear them out whereas on the other hand men want someone to give them advice and support. In “His Talk, Her Talk” by Joyce Maynard, the author introduces us to her marriage and communication between her and her husband. In the other article “Man to Man, Women to Women” by Mark A. Sherman and Adelaide Haas, talks more about how men talk more directly and women think, and watch what they say.

In “His Talk, Her Talk” by Joyce Maynard, she gives us an outlook on her marriage and the way she communicates with her husband. Maynard states that the opposite sexes are usually excluded from the conversation, such as the idea that there is a thing as “men’s talk” or “women’s talk” (Maynard 31). Men and women usually divide into two groups when there is a party or any sort of gathering. Immediately we redistributed ourselves which was a shame (Maynard 31). This tends to happen often and one may wonder as to why? Why can’t men and women have a long conversation about certain subject that both are interested in? Some women may argue that speaking to another woman, their point will be taken a lot more seriously whereas men tend to disregard the entire point altogether. Men like to have more simple straight forward conversation that gets to the point. Women are more verbal and they like to express themselves and detail their conversations.

In the article “Man to Man, Women to Woman” by Mark A. Sherman and Adelaide Haas, the authors use a questionnaires, interviews, and observations to see how different types of genders communicate. Herman and Haas, in their research tested one hundred sixty-six women and 110 men, ranging in age from...
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