Comm and Gender Paper

Comm and Gender Paper - Inquiring Across the Ages Since...

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Inquiring Across the Ages Since gender stereotypes have been mainly geared towards females, I decided to interview my grandmother on my mother’s side and my mother. I thought it would be interesting to analyze how gender stereotypes have been changing intergenerationally for females. After conducting an interview with them, I came to the realization that gender played a significant role in influencing their communication behaviors. Ultimately, it changed the most important aspects of their lives. It is evident that different gender stereotypes have been evolving from generation to generation; however, I will only be analyzing how it influenced and is still influencing my grandmother and mother’s lives in the contexts of education and close relationships. Lastly, I would approach my comparative analysis by comparing their personal experiences with my very own experiences. Throughout history, females were not expected to pursue a higher degree of education. Since the Chinese culture prefers a larger power distance, females were always considered subordinate in comparison to males. In the 1930’s, which is my grandmother’s generation, females in China were required to excel in art, music, culinary, embroidering, and parenting. My grandmother was only fortunate enough to attend elementary school because of her wealthy family background. Even in school, the teachers didn’t care as much if her grades were poor because females weren’t expected to succeed in school. The knowledge of mathematics and writing composition were mainly targeted towards males because it was a norm in society that males would be the only breadwinner. Therefore, it wouldn’t be essential for women to gain that knowledge because they would never have the opportunity to utilize it. The extra-curricular activities that were offered to females in my grandmother’s school all related to art.
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Considering both schools and the workplace encompassed a competitive environment for males, females were able to build stronger ties with their classmates and co-workers in my grandmother’s generation. My grandmother and her best friend Lulu are still best friends as of today. They’ve been best friends for over 65 years. People in my grandmother’s generation were able to build stronger friendships because the utilization of frequent face-to-face communication and phone conversations were more personal. Women have been socialized to “share their personal feelings, experiences, fears, and problems in order to known and be known by each other” (Wood, 2011, p. 211). Surprisingly, my grandmother’s marital relationship with my grandfather suffered tremendously. My grandfather, who was the breadwinner in the family and a successful businessman in the workforce, started to spend less time at home. Due to the lack of advanced technology in their generation, my grandfather didn’t have a way to communicate with my grandmother while he was at work or on a business trip. Therefore, it was difficult for them
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