Today I have been wondering about gender stereotypes, and the truth behind them. Specifically: is it true that women talk more than men?
The stereotypes suggest that that’s the case. Women are talkers, chatterboxes, nags, or gossips. Generalisations in popular culture will have the female of the species talking and sharing and analysing endlessly, whilst the men are portrayed as strong and silent, keeping every thought and feeling bottled up, whilst they can barely manage to grunt as a contribution to the conversation.
But what’s the truth?
As it happens, over the last week I have had a few meetings, based around the same topic of conversation, but with a number of different people. Some of those people were male, and some were female, and without exception the boys kept their conversation brief, whilst the girls chattered away.
The thing I’m wondering though: is the reason these young men were less talkative to do with the fact that they were in conversation with a woman, not a man? I, of course have never been party to a real-life men-only chat (because I am not a man), and so perhaps it’s less to do with the fact that they are men, and more to do with the fact that I am not. Perhaps the flow of conversation is best in a single-gender conversation. Or perhaps my test-case sample is too small?
What do you think, O reader of mine? What is your experience? What wisdom have you to offer? I’d love to hear it!
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In summary: talking.