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Gender, Communication, and Relationships

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Caitlin McKissick

on 27 November 2012

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Transcript of Gender, Communication, and Relationships

{ Relationships In summary... There are many types of close gendered relationships, and no two are the same.

Whichever type of gendered relationship you find yourself in, remember; communication is key.
male/female friendships
friendships between women
friendships between men
relationships in the workplace
relationships between homosexual men
family relationships
intimate relationships between men and women Gender, Communication, and Relationships Male/Female Friendships Challenges in Male/Female Friendships - emotional bond challenge
- sexual challenge
- equality challenge
- audience challenge Benefits of Male/Female Friendships - men feel more
capable of
expressing themselves
- women find it to be a more relaxed relationship
- women like being, men like doing Friendships Between Women - defined by closeness/emotional attachment
- shared information, thoughts, feelings
- less segmented than male friendships
-share more about selves and daily activities
- more interconnected than male friendships Female Friendships: Challenges/Benefits: - Taken less seriously than male friendships ("the girls")
- typically more deeply committed
- longer, more in depth conversations Friendships Between Men 21st Century Male Friendship Characteristics... General Reasons for This Shift: -Competition between other men.

-The traditional masculine stereotypes about “real men.”

-Homophobia. -Closed and reserved
-Shyness among intimacy
-Emotional barriers Male Intimacy Still Exists Male Bonding: -Males use activities and ambitions to show their intimacy.
-Video Games, Social Drinking, Camping, Musical Instruments, Gambling, Fishing, etc… Relationships in the Workplace Intimate Partner Relationships Between Homosexual Men: Top: Generally the more masculine of the two. Assumes the protector role and does the majority of the leading. Bottom: Of the two, a bottom is the more submissive (feminine). May correspond to his need to be "taken care of by his partner." "Dominant" and "Submissive" is preferred categorization This "role play" derives from having grown up in a hetero-normative culture. The example set by their parents. Many reject the gender binary labeling of "who's the male and who's the female?" Mirror of Heterosexual Dynamics: Balance of Power: Men: Indirectly do things for others-providing economic support and defense of family. Women: Do things directly for others-empathetic interactions (care-givers). Successful homosexual relationships find a balance of power through "complimenting" and "symmetry." Complimenting: Symmetry: How partners compliment one another. How partners balance through equity and similarity. Examples: - Older partner with authority because of his age and experience - his younger partner would balance this with his perceived sexual appeal, interpersonal and social skills, or even actual size.

- A partner who holds economic power may play a more passive or docile sexual role (however, this is flexible). Family Relationships
-Mothers on average spend more time with their children than fathers.
-Mothers are seen to be more caring and nurturing.
-Fathers are more likely to be overprotective of their daughters than their sons. -Children are said to feel a more emotional attachment to their mothers.
-Fathers' parenting is said to be related to the view of the self and being able to form and secure relationships.
-Fathers are more likely to spend time with children by engaging in educational and recreational activities. Intimate Relationships Between Men and Women Gender, Communication, and Intimate Relationships: - Involvement Vs. Independence - Differences in Displaying Affection "The adage 'Do unto others as you would have others do unto you' may be the source of a lot of anguish and misunderstanding if the doer and the done unto have different styles."

- Deborah Tannen - Workplace relationships can be tricky
- Superiors and employees have a harder time maintaining relationships. - These differences can lead to problems in relationships, such as the "demand-withdraw pattern." Femininity: Masculinity: Greater levels of connection. Greater autonomy. - The conventional heterosexual relationship calls for men to take the initiative in sexual matters
- Men tend to fall in love faster and harder then women
- Men tend to be more active, impulsive, sexualized and game paying then women
- Women tend to think that sex is more an intimate action between one another
- Women tend to think of extending conversations, sharing deep feelings and physical contact that may not be sexual Intimate Relationships Between Men & Women Sexuality: This presentation will take you through the basic types of gendered close relationships and how they are tied to communication. We will discuss: Do You Exemplify the Gender Norms of Same-Sex Friendships? Personal & Intimate Relationships Between Heterosexuals
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