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Chapter 12: Gendered Intimacies Learning objectives: 1. To understand how ideas of friendship and love have changed through history. -historically men’s way of loving was considered superior -men’s friendships celebrated as the highest expression of the noblest virtues: bravery, loyalty, heroism, duty; only men were thought to possess -hunting and warfare 9domains of male activity) required deep and enduring bonds among men for survival and thus close male friendships became a biologically based human adaption -20 th century: major transformation in gendered division of emotional labor -feminism began to celebrate women’s experiences as a source of solidarity among women -womens experiences in friendships & their virtues (emotional expressiveness, dependency, ability to nurture, intimacy) were now desirable -4 barriers to emotional intimacy in men (pg. 349) -most women now believe their friendships are better b/c they involve personal concern, intimate sharing, & more emotional exchange -men’s more likely to involve work, sports, business, and other impersonal activities 2. To be able to list some of the ways differences in styles of friendship are gendered and some of the ways they are less gendered than we may think. -men more likely to say they prefer doing something w/ best friend and looked for friends who like to do the same things -women more likely to choose friends who feel the same way about things and to favor just talking -both say they disclose equal amounts of personal info and that they’re completely open and trusting to their best friends -women actually disclose more to friends -women’s friendships rest of shared intimacies, self-revelation, nurturance, and emotional support -men’s are characterized by shared activities and convos that center on work, sports, or expertise (how to fix a leak) -much more similarity than dissimilarity in the manner in which men and women conduct their friendships -when choosing a friend both look for same virtues (communication, intimacy and trust) -majority (75% men, 65% women) choose someone as same-sex as best friend
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