Gender Dialectics Theory

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Gender Dialectics Theory

Gender refers to the social relationship/roles and responsibilities of men and women, the expectations held about the characteristics, aptitudes and likely behaviors of both women and men that are learned, change over time, and vary within and between cultures. We all have the desire to communicate, but because of the variances in gender, our communication styles vary as well. Here we will research and develop ideas on how gender dialects are different. More so often than not, men are associated with what seems to be a more direct, linear, uninterrupted, objective, and independent way of speaking. Men value independence, power, and accomplishments while communicating. When women speak it is associated with a tendency to speak in a questioning, circular, from the heart, and subjective manner. Women tend to value connection and relationships while communicating. This connects to report vs. rapport, men are externally focused and often view situations as issues to be resolved, and they talk to inform others. Women however, are internally focused and often talk as a way to connect and relate to others.

By developing this theory we believe it will bring attention to the gender roles we are set to fulfill when communicating. It could break down those social constructs of how we are supposed to speak/interact. This theory could shed new light on how people communicate in a classroom, social groups, and professional settings. Overall we believe men and women communicate differently when communicating with the opposite sex than with the same sex.
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