Communicationis a diverse feature that is more than just speech and writing.Individuals often find themselves communicating in various waysalthough they may not be speaking. Most schools and institutionsteach students less nonverbal communication, although it remains afundamental element of interaction with others. People learncommunication tactics through observing and imitating others. In my24 hours of critical observation of the communication that isimpacted by gender, the meaningful messages of communicated genderthat I noticed within the context of media and work included theexplicit and implicit values, discrimination, the message of roles,sex, and violence, as well as aggression. Therefore, this paperdescribes the message of roles, sex and violence message, andexplicit and implicit values.
Mentalk more in public and have increased roles, while women communicatea lot in private. In particular environments, such as the workplace,men tend to talk (Craig, 2009). Their interaction with other peopleis dominant in a public setting, and they are mostly given thecentral character positions. For women, their conversation frequentlyoccurs in a private setting, which includes at home. They have lesssignificant roles than men and in the previous years were portrayedas wives and mothers. For the male gender, the perception of themessage creates an opportunity to demonstrate competence when solvinga problem. They portray a range of task behaviors in providingdirection and answers. When faced with a problem, they expectsolutions and exercise the problem-solving ability to accomplish atask. Therefore, men use their problem-solving techniques to buildand strengthen relationships.
Inmy observation, the prominently communicated gender messages that areevident in the media regard sex and violence. The media has thetendency to link sex as well as violence in alarming rates. Theconnection of sex and violence in the media has increasingly becomeevident in almost everything that people watch ranging from theslasher movies to the mainstream media. This has become a significantproblem given that the society has been depicted as struggling toovercome the real issues in life concerning violence against women.
Explicitand implicit values
Themessages communicated through gender interaction in the media settinghas focused on projecting explicit and implicit values with regard tohow a good person and a bad one should look like. The mass media isknown to use the stereotypical characters to make it simpler for theaudience to identify the good and the bad guys. The media has managedto construct their own version of what reality looks like, which isvery different from the truth. The message viewpoint is usuallydriven by the political, economic, as well as the ethical standardsof the message producers.
Iam uncomfortable with the messages because of a number of reasons.First, the messages are not real and thus present a perception of theway things ought to be. Secondly, the individuals projecting thesemessages do not reflect the views of a majority of people. Charactersof about ten people reflect a very narrow range in terms of roles andvalues and are never accurate in their messages.
Mygender has affected my perceptions of the messages that I observedbecause it has made me think in a particular way. A person’s gendercan influence the perception of the message communicated. One shouldnever assume the understanding of a particular message based ongender. An individual message can be clear to the narrator but remainunclear to the listener. Therefore, it is important for one to adjusthis conversational style to improve communication (Craig, 2009). Forinstance, my gender has made it very difficult to understand thereality of the message carried along in the media with regard to sexand violence.
Itis true that somebody else will have a different response to themessages communicated by gender. My discretion to another person ofan opposite gender revealed that our perceptions of the genderedmessages were different. The opposite gender found it easier tobelieve the discrimination message observed in the media.
Applicationof two concepts
Natureversus nurture concept is very crucial in describing the words ofcommunicated gender. Nature is concerned with the genes and hormoneswhile nurture involves culture, social roles, and stereotypes. Itproduces sex difference in behavioral aspect. It is observed that thesignificant influence of gender difference originates from earlychildhood. The concept shapes the communication style of an adult. Itconforms to my observational approach. The concept talks about how aparticular culture can influence the difference in gendercommunication. Society expects that a woman should behave in acertain way, a culture that shapes the behavior of women.
Anotherconcept is the Feminist theory, which provides support for theequality of men and women. Women have been victims of discriminationfor a long time. Men have always been given priorities and majorresponsibility to handle critical matters. Therefore, the concept offeminist expands on human choice by allowing women to enjoy thefreedom of developing their own interest even if they conflict withtheir status quo (Craig, 2009). This concept contradicts with myobservational approach. According to my observation, men and womenare still not the same. Mass media uses gender stereotypes with greatpower to influence inequality. It affects people’s opinion,attitudes, and belief. It manipulates messages to create an image ofreality which is a representation of the dominant group.
Inconclusion, communication is an essential tool for interacting andestablishing relationships. It helps in shaping the opinion of peopleand belief. Understanding of the communication styles can help womenand women break the gender communication barriers.
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