Why do women and men communicate so differently? Could it be that
genetics play a factor? I believe so. In general, males are much stronger
and more aggressive than females are. This directly effects how the two
genders communicate. For example, women tend to offer suggestions and give
reasons, whereas men tend to give demands without reason. We live with
these differences everyday, and although we do not always understand these
differences, we have come to accept them. We stereotype women as the
weaker more emotional gender. They are the homemakers. Men are seen as
the caretakers of their families, the financial providers. They are
stronger and more dominant gender. What importance does this have in
society? How does it effect society? Many women feel that they do not
have the same privileges as men. On the other hand, some men say it is
unfair that so much more is expected from them compared to what is expected
from women. To me these sound like simple complaints. Stereotypes should
not be seen as wrong, because in most cases they simply highlight the
differences between men and women, unfortunately there are always
exceptions, and sometimes stereotyping can result in conflict.

Primarily stereotypes are not wrong, they exist because of the very
distinct differences between men and women. Almost all stereotypes hold at
least some truth. For instance, men say women want to talk too much and are
too emotional. Deborah Tannen explains in her article “Put Down That Paper
and Talk to Me” that women feel the need to talk with those they are close
to in order to compromise and build relationships (Tannen, 229, 9). So the
men are right, women do feel the need to talk a lot in relationships. What
is so bad about a stereotype that is true? Yes, there are those men and
woman who do not reflect the set image. For instance, some men stay home
and take care of their children, which is traditionally known as a woman’s
job, and some women are the financial providers for their families. Just
because the stereotype claims women stay home and men go to work, does not
mean this is the case in every situation. Our society has come far over
the past decade. Stereotypes today have very different meaning than they
did many years ago. Stereotypes mean most do, not all do. It is perfectly
acceptable in today’s day and age for a woman to work and leave her husband
home with the kids. In fact may people respect it.

Unfortunately, there are instances in which stereotyping does create
problems. Some people over emphasize the existence and legitimacy of
stereotypes as a whole. For example, the men or women who openly express
their disapproval for those who do not follow traditional male and female
roles have caused severe conflict with feminists and male advocates.

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According to them, men and women should never pursue a life outside of the
traditional setting. These beliefs are completely outdated. Very few
people continue to live such old fashioned lifestyles. On the other hand,
the feminists and male advocates who say that stereotypes are unfair and
believe men and women should be considered equal, are just as guilty of
stereotyping society. In the article “Real Men Don’t, Or Anti-Male Bias in
English,” Eugene August argues that it is unfair that our society excludes
males as parents (August, 217, 7). Those such as August are accusing
everyone of being completely biased against the opposite sex. It seems
hypocritical that they would fight for equality and then label our entire
society as being sexist. Our society has changed so much over the years.

Most do not feel that male and female roles are set in concrete.

Except for the few situations which result in conflict, stereotypes
should not be seen as unjust. Men and women are very different, and
stereotypes simply highlight the most common differences. Feminist and
male advocates fight to say we are all equally alike, but this is untrue.

Science can prove we are both physically and mentally different. Why would
we want to be equal? What fun would it be if we were exactly alike, if we
spoke the same “language.” The little games men and women play with each
other while conversing would be lost. The question everyone asks himself
or herself after talking with someone of the opposite sex, “I wonder if
there’s something there?” would cease to exist.

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