Fortunately, he is one of the most honest people I have ever met. That fact has helped us overcome some of the pitfalls of cross-gender communication. I have never been one to talk excessively, a characteristic that Tannen reported as the "wordy-woman-mute-male stereotype" (434). He and I engaged in quality conversations with mutual self-disclosure. I have noticed my tendency to interject listening responses, such as "umm, uh-huh, right," but this doesn't seem to bother him. He does not see it as a power move or a "source of continuing irritation" (435).
My sister and I have commiserated with each other about the occasional difficulties of communicating with our husbands, but we just sort of smile at each other and conclude, "It's the nature of the beast." We have to keep it in perspective.
Women's Studies 400/500, "The New Scholarship on Women: The Question of Difference," looks at "power feminism" and ways women can "join together in order to fight their common sexual oppression" (Winter 1997 Syllabus). WS 269A, Women in Science, addresses "whether women's abilities, opportunities, interests, and approaches to science are different from men's" (OU Undergraduate Catalog, 1996-97, 348).
Political Science 478, "Feminist Political Theories and Movements," "Explores issues of power, powerlessness, oppression, and transcending oppression. Views feminism as human rights movement" (331).
Hierarchy is discussed in Anthropology 545, "Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective," in which "the relationships between gender ideas and such features of social systems as kinship and political hierarchy" (24) are examined.
Sociology 467, "Violence Against Women," looks at violence as power, and SOC 471, "Gender and Justice," "Explores how the interpretation and application of criminal law reflects assumptions about men's and women's natures, appropriate roles, and positions in society" (339).
Finally, a Tier III course, 419D, "Emotion, Power, and Gender," reviews "the various theories regarding the nature of emotion . . . followed by discussions of the nature, acquisition, and maintenance of power as well as the uses of power and the relationships between power and emotion. The last section of this course is concerned with the relationship between gender and power, gender and emotion, and how these two broad areas dovetail, providing an explanation of the role of emotion in our everyday public and private lives" (343).
Tannen may not have stressed power in her discussion of Genderlect, but current academia certainly supports this issue.
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