Who Talks More? Argumentative Essay

Who Talks More?
A discussion on whether women talk more than men.
# 153903 | 0 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 16, 2014 in English (Argument)

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"There is a perception that women talk significantly more than men. While there isn't a straight answer of who talks more, it is agreed that men talk more in certain situations while women talk more in others. In the article "Women Talk Too Much," by Janet Holmes, the article opens up with proverbs from different countries at different times, but the same idea is put forward: women talk a lot and it can be conceived as a bad thing.
"The truth is that women do not talk more than men. In research conducted in Canada, the researchers "reviewed sixty-three studies which examined the amount of talk...women and men in different contexts." (Holmes 258) They found that "women talked more than men in only two studies." (Holmes 258) One of the main reasons for this finding is that women tend to be less talkative in social situations. When women do talk more than men, it's usually in a safer environment for conversation. Men are found to be more aggressive than women, and this aggression comes out in conversation as well. Further research in studying 100 seminars found that "men dominated the discussion time." (Holmes 258)
"It's difficult to say exactly when women began to shrink back from public discussion, but "the pattern starts early." (Holmes 258) It can be seen from an early age that boys dominate discussions, even going as far back as the classroom. In order to understand where the desire for domination through discussion comes from, it needs to be understood the purpose of discussion. When there is a public discussion, it is "often aimed at informing people or persuading them to agree to a particular view..." (Holmes 259) We rarely have conversations that don't have some type of motive. We have a desire to bring people over to our side of an agreement. By dominating the conversation, the speaker is viewed as strong and the position is a desirable one. The time spent with students allowed to speak their opinions is very limited, as "teachers spend two-thirds of the available time," (Holmes 258) talking. By having control over that limited time, the speaker may feel that they have the respect of the other students that is as high as the teacher. The speaker is perceived as having a higher social status if they spend the most time talking. If they weren't someone important, no one would let them talk as much."

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