A psychiatry professor from the University of California, Dr. Louann Brizendine, wrote a book entitled “The Female Brain”, which caused controversy and dispute. One specific statement from her text has been cited in reviews all over the world. “A woman uses about 20,000 words per day while a man uses about 7,000”. Brizendine supports her statement and argues that the female brain is “a lean, mean communicating machine.” As a woman and from my own experience, I believe this statement is accurate. Facebook is a great example that supports this view. Studies show that women use Facebook and other social networks more often than men. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/23/women-use-social-media-more_n_978498.html
The characterization that “women are more emotional than men” has been proven inaccurate. Ann Kring, psychologist at Vanderbilt University, states "It is incorrect to make a blanket statement that women are more emotional than men. It is correct to say that women show their emotions more than men."Kring conducted a study where both men and women were covertly videotaped while watching a sad movie. Electrodes were also attached to their hands to monitor palm sweating (a measure of emotion). The study confirmed that women and men experience similar levels of emotion while watching a sad movie, though women are more facially expressive of both positive and negative feelings. I agree with these findings and have experienced this difference when my husband and I watch sad movies. Marley & Me was a movie we were both deeply saddened by, though only I shed a noticeable tear. http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/19980520132438data_trunc_sys.shtml
I have only mentioned the above gender characteristics; though Wikibooks provides a list of others that I am familiar with.
Traditional Gender Characteristics
In your own experience, how accurate are characterizations that gender theorists make about differences between men and women? Support your views.
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