GenderSpeak Personal Effectiveness in Gender Communication

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 9/15/2011
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Updated in a new 5thedition, GenderSpeakexamines attitudes, gender identities, and stereotypes that characterize communication in relationships. Focused on communication aboutas well as betweenmen and women, this practical and readable text connects material to the reader's everyday life.  GenderSpeakprovides a balanced approach to the study of gender communication, presenting current research and a variety of perspectives and sources, while minimizing slant or bias.

Table of Contents




The Impact of Social Movements on Gender Communication:

You Must Know Where You’ve Been to Know Where You’re Going              

Learning “Herstory”                                                                                         

      Men, Education, and Women—in That Order                                            

      The First Wave of Feminism                                                                      

      Enter “Rosie the Riveter”                                                                           

      The Civil Rights Movement                                                                        

      The Sexual Revolution                                                                               

      The Second Wave of Feminism                                                                  

      No Such Thing as “THE” Feminists                                                            

      The Third Wave of Feminism                                                                     

What About “His Story”?                                                                                

      Early Male Supporters of Women’s Rights                                                 

      Effects of the Sexual Revolution on Men                                                     

      Men Raised Consciousness Too                                                                

      Fathers’ Movements                                                                                  

      There Are Some “Wild Men” Out There                                                    

      The Million Man March                                                                             

      Keeping Those Promises                                                                           

Gender Communication:  Looking Forward                                                      






Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk:  Becoming a Better

      Gender Communicator                                                                               

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

What Is Gender Communication?                                                                     

Why Study Gender Communication?                                                                

Gender Jargon                                                                                                 

      Is It Sex or Is It Gender?                                                                           

      Gender Identity, Androgyny, and Sexual Orientation                                   

      Feminism (“The “F-Word”) and Se ism                                                      

Communication:  A Complex  Human Process                                                  

      Becoming Receiver Oriented in Your Communication                                 

The Personal Effectiveness Approach to Gender Communication                      

      Personal Effectiveness:  Your Own Perception                                           

      Personal Effectiveness:  Others’ Perceptions                                               

Values to Guide Your Choices                                                                         

      Value 1:  Equalizing Power                                                                         

      Value 2:  Talking to Make It Better                                                            

      Value 3:  Believing in Freedom of Choice                                                   

      Value 4:  Being Open-Minded and Willing to Change                                 

      Value 5:  Treating Another Person as an Individual                                     


Discussion Starters                                                                                          



PART II:  INFLUENCES ON OUR CHOICES                                             



Becoming a Woman, Becoming a Man, and Becoming a Person:

      Biological, Social, and Cultural Influences on Gender Identity


Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  Am I Masculine?  Am I Feminine?  What’s That

      Mean, Anyway?                                                                                        

How You Develop Your Identity                                                                     

      Fundamentals of Identity                                                                            

      Identity Development and Communication                                                  

      Masculine and Feminine Identity Revisited                                                  

The Effects of Social Interpretations of Biological Sex on Identity                      

      “Innies” and “Outies”:  Anatomical Differences and Social


      Social Interpretations of “Raging” Hormones                                              

      Mind over Matter:  Are Men’s and Women’s Brains Really


The Effects of Social Influences on Psychological Gender Identity                     

      Learning to Be Girls and Boys                                                                    

Socialization and Gender Identity Development                                                

      The Family as a Primary Socializing Agent                                                  

      Secondary Agents of Socialization                                                              

Gender and Culture                                                                                         

      Culture Considered                                                                                    

      Is One Culture Better Than Another?                                                         

      When Aspects of Identity Intersect                                                             

      Intercultural Gender Communication                                                           


Discussion Starters                                                                                          




Pictures, Porn, and Pop:  Gender and Media                                                    

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  A Day in Two Lives:  Rey and His Dad                                        

The Power of Mediated Communication:  Effects on Our Lives                         

      A Bombardment of Media                                                                         

      Approaches to Studying the Effects of Media Consumption                        

Advertising:  Selling a Product or Selling Se ism?                                              

      Babes in Bras:  Female Depiction in Advertising                                         

      Studs in Suits:  Male Depiction in Advertising                                             

Lessons from the Small Screen:  Television and Gender                                    

      Television:  Mirroring Reality or Creating It?                                               

      Men in Prime-time Television                                                                     

      Women in Prime-time Television                                                                

      TV and GLBT                                                                                           

Lessons from the Big Screen:  Film and Gender                                                

      Gender in the Movies                                                                                 

The Communicative Power of Pornography                                                      

      Multiple Definitions of Pornography:  The Beginnings of


      Types of Readily Accessible Pornography                                                  

      Multiple Camps for a Complex Issue                                                          

      The Cru of the Matter:  Pornography is Personal                                        

We Could Make Beautiful Music Together...                                                    

      From Pop to Rock to Rap to Hip-Hop to Country:  The Women

            and Men of Song Lyrics                                                                       

      Sex Kittens and He-Men in Music Videos                                                  

Sex, Gender, and New Media                                                                         

      Online Identity and Gender                                                                        

      Gendered Gaming                                                                                      


Discussion Starters                                                                                          







Choosing and Using Gendered Language                                                         

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  Go Team!                                                                                   

Choosing Your Language                                                                                 

Language:  A Powerful Human Tool                                                                 

      What Is Language?  What Is Sexist Language?                                           

Why Use Nonsexist Language?                                                                        

      Reason 1:  Nonsexist Language Demonstrates Sensitivity                            

      Reason 2:  Nonsexist Language Reflects Nonsexist Attitudes                      

      Reason 3:  Nonsexist Language Is Basic to the Receiver

            Orientation to Communication                                                              

      Reason 4:  Nonsexist Language Is Contemporary                                       

      Reason 5:  Nonsexist Language Strengthens Expression                              

Sexist Language:  Forms, Practices, and Alternatives                                        

      Forms of Sexist Language                                                                          

      Sexist Linguistic Practices                                                                          

Using Language:  Once You Choose It, How Do You Use It?                          

      An Axiom of Communication                                                                     

      Women, Men, and the Relational versus Content Approach to


      What’s Preferable—Relational or Content Communication?                       

Language Usage Between Women and Men                                                    

      Vocal Properties and Linguistic Constructions                                            


Discussion Starters                                                                                          




Gender and Relationships:  Developing Potential into Reality                             

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  Choosing and Being Chosen                                                        

Better Information = Better Choices                                                                 

Relationship Roadblocks                                                                                  

      Roadblock 1:  High Expectations                                                               

      Roadblock 2:  This Should Be Easy                                                           

      Roadblock 3:  Fear of Failure                                                                    

      Roadblock 4:  If I Just Relax, a Good Relationship Will Find Me                

      Roadblock 5:  Weighed Down by Baggage                                                

      Roadblock 6:  It’s Got to Happen Now!                                                    

      Roadblock 7:  Giving Up Too Much Just to Have a Dating


      Roadblock 8:  Looking Over Someone’s Shoulder                                     

Stage 1:  Is There a Relationship Gold Mine Out There?  Prospecting

      and Being a Prospect                                                                                 

      Seeing and Being Seen                                                                               

      Not Being Seen:  Prospecting Online                                                          

      Being Attracted to a Prospect                                                                    

      Strategies for Gaining Information                                                               

Stage 2:  Engaging the Prospect—Conversations                                              

      Digging In and Discovering More                                                               

      The Art and Skill of Flirting                                                                        

Stage 3:  Developing the Claim and Establishing the Relationship                       

      Opening a New Vein:  Intimacy and Self-Disclosure                                   

      The Big “E”:  Empathy                                                                               

      Are You Listening?                                                                                    

      Those All-Important Nonverbal Communication Skills                                


Discussion Starters                                                                                          




PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS IN ACTION                                               



Gender Communication “Just Among Friends”                                                 

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  When “Friend” Became a Verb                                                   

A Single Soul in Two Bodies                                                                            

      Learning to Be Friends                                                                               

Communication in Same-Sex Friendships:  From Butch and Sundance

      to Thelma and Louise                                                                                 

      Male-Male Friendship:  Functions and Characteristics                                

      Female-Female Friendship:  Functions and Characteristics                          

Cross-Sex Friendship:  Is It Possible to Be “Just Friends”?                               

      What Gets in the Way of Cross-Sex  Friendships?                                     

      What Enhances Cross-Sex Friendships?                                                    

      The Future for Cross-Sex Friendship                                                         


Discussion Starters                                                                                          




Beyond Friendship:  Gender Communication in Romantic Relationships             

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  Persistent Traditions in the Realm of Romance                              

Ah, Love and Romance (and Gender)                                                              

      The Language of Romance                                                                         

      The Pressure to Partner                                                                             

      Stereotypical Notions of Romance                                                             

      Tensions within Romantic Relationships                                                      

      Talking about Communication, or Communicating about Talking                 

      Conflict:  The Inevitable in a Relationship                                                    

      Ending a Relationship                                                                                 

Gender Issues Surrounding Sexual Activity                                                       

      Sexual Activity:  Attitudes and Options                                                       

      Women, Men, Communication, and Se                                                        


Discussion Starters                                                                                          




Power Abuses in Human Relationships                                                             

Not-So-Hot Topics                                                                                         

A Non-Case Study                                                                                          

At the Center of Abusive Situations:  Communicating Power                             

Personal Rights and Sexuality                                                                           

      Power at the Core                                                                                     

      Changing Language as We Learn More                                                      

      An Evening Out with Annie and Kris                                                          

      Underestimates of an Underreported Problem                                            

      Who Are the Rapists?                                                                                

      Communication and the Abuse of Power in Sexual Assault                         

      Parting Considerations about Sexual Assault and Rape                               

Partner Violence                                                                                              

      Living Happily Ever After                                                                           

      The Language of Violence                                                                          

      An “Epidemic”                                                                                           

      Common Myths about Battering                                                                 

      Abused Partners:  How Do They Stand It?  Why Do They Stay?                

      Parting Considerations about Partner Violence                                           


Discussion Starters                                                                                          




Women and Men in the Workplace:  The Challenges of Talking Shop               

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  How Does 50/50 Sound?                                                            

Women and Men Working Together:  Walking on Eggshells?                           

Getting That All-Important Job                                                                         

      Vestiges of Affirmative Action                                                                    

      Gender Issues and the Job Interview                                                          

On the Job and Moving Up                                                                              

      Advancement within an Organization                                                          

      Women and Men in Leadership Positions                                                   

Attention?  Complimenting?  Flirting?  Sexual Harassment?                               

      The Basics of Sexual Harassment                                                               

      Initial Reactions to Sexual Harassment                                                        

      After the Deed’s Been Done:  Responding to Harassment                           

      The Downside of Secrecy                                                                          

      Going a Step Further:  Reporting Sexual Harassment                                  

      A Proactive Approach to the Problem of Workplace Sexual


Discussion Starters                                                                                          




A “Class Act”:  Gender Communication in Educational Settings                        

Hot Topics                                                                                                      

Case Study:  Two College Experiences                                                            

Children’s Literature and Early Lessons about Gender                                      

      Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, and Gender                                                 

      Gender Depiction in Textbooks and Children’s Literature                           

Educational Expectations and Gender Bias in the Classroom                             

      Expectations about Academic Achievement:  The Early Years                    

      Expectations about Academic Achievement:  The College Years                 

Gender Communication and the College Classroom                                          

      The “Chill” in Higher Education:  Classroom Communication                       

Sexual Harassment in the Hallowed Halls                                                         

      Peer Sexual Harassment:  Classmates Will Be Classmates?                         

      Paying It Upward:  When Students Harass Faculty                                     


Discussion Starters                                                                                          



Author Index                                                                                                     

Subject Index                                                                                                    

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