Communication and Gendered Communication

Topics: Communication, Gender role, Gender, Masculinity, Grammatical gender, Femininity / Pages: 3 (830 words) / Published: Aug 1st, 2015
Communication and Gendered Communication
Unit 2 Assignment 1

Tara Baltimore
Capella University

This paper explores the Communication and Gendered Communication from research conducted in textbook and on websites. Keywords: communication styles, gender communication

Communication and Gendered Communication
Communication is usually in verbal form and is about sending a message that is understood by the person sending it and the person receiving it. Communication can be done verbally by talking face-to-face, meetings, seminars, and television programs to name a few. Communication may also be in the form of non-verbal, a form of communicating with others without words such as facial expressions, body language, and hand gestures. While all of us have a different style or approach when communicating with others, it can depend on our gender, how we were brought up, where we are from, age, and education.
There are traits of masculine and feminine in all of us when it comes to speaking, even though we all talk differently. Generally men and women both speak in ways that are associated with their gender. While women have a tendency to be more empathetic and show concern to aid in problem solving or discussing issues, men are typically straight forward and to the point still providing useful advice.
In my research, two influences that differentiate gendered communication are the biological differences between men and women and gender orientation. Research has shown that “chromosomes, hormonal influences, and brain size and activity may drive different communication behavior patterns in men compared with those in women” (Schneider, 2007). In addition the brain activity in men and women affect their ability to listen which is key in communication and for someone to be effective in communication (Schneider, 2007).
Gender orientation is how men and women view themselves and their actions that are stereotypical of their

References: Schneider, J. D. (2007). Effect of gender-related communication differences and awareness of gender-related communication barriers on communication effectiveness (Order No. 3259648). Available from ABI/INFORM Global. (304722307). Retrieved from Wood, J. T. (2015). Gender Lives: Communication, Gender, & Culture, Eleventh Edition. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. Ahmad, K. Z., & Rethinam, K. (2010). Mars, venus and gray: Gender communication. International Business Research, 3(2), 24-33. Retrieved from Wesson, D. A. (1992). The handshake as non-verbal communication in business. Marketing Intelligence & Planning, 10(9), 41. Retrieved from

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