There are many other examples, some are given in Deborah Tannen’s books on language and gender differences. You could read a few of them to be sure that you can write language and gender articles.
Her books include: -
- That’s Not What I Meant (1986)
- You just don’t understand! (1990)
- Talking from 9 to 5 (1994)
- Conversational Style (1984)
- You’re wearing THAT? (2006)
- Gender and Discourse (1994)
- The Argument Culture (1998) and
- Talking Voices (1989)
Another useful book is one you may have read, or at least heard of: - Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray (1992). He has written other books about relationships and the communication styles of men and women, such as
- Why Mars and Venus Collide (2007)
- Beyond Mars and Venus (2017)
- Venus on fire Mars on ice (2010)
- Mars and Venus together forever (1996)
- Mars and Venus on a date (1997)
All these books are easy to read and fascinating. They give readers insights into the different ways that men and women communicate. They are very useful when it comes to writing language and gender articles.
Think about the way you use language. Do you think the language you use is rooted to and dependent on your gender? Why? Why not? Listen to conversations and try to find out what makes male and female conversations different. It isn’t simply about the topics they elect to talk about. For example, both men and women are likely to talk about TV programmes and the films they have seen. As for sport, although in the past the topic may have been mainly a male preserve, this is less so these days.
There are some differences between men’s and women’s communication styles, however, according to research. Interestingly when asked about their communication strengths and weaknesses both agreed on their own and the others.
The main three strengths that women have are empathy, good listening ability and effective ways of displaying empathy. Their weaknesses were identified as an inability to get straight to the point, not being authoritarian enough and being overly emotional.
As for men, their main strengths were identified as having an authoritative air about them, being succinct and direct, and being ale to display power effectively. Their main weaknesses were perceived as being too blunt, or too direct, insensitive to other’s reactions to what they say, and being overly confident about their opinions.
How far would you agree with these strengths and weaknesses as they relate to you and your friends and relatives?