When shared beliefs or characteristics of men and women influence our perceptions of women and men, we call this gender stereotyping.
Gender stereotyping has resulted in traits associated with women and men. For men these traits include rational, realistic, tough, aggressive, and dominant. For women these traits include affectionate, attractive, flirtatious, warm, and emotional (Cleveland, Stockdale, & Murphy, 2000). These gender stereotypes have great influences on how men and women behave in the work place. Because women's gender role is to be passive, while men's is to be dominant, it can inhibit women's contributions to the work place in two ways. One, these roles discourage women …show more content…
Gender roles play a significant role in how women and men communicate, and how they are perceived based on the communication used.
Gender roles have influences on how women or men should sound, when they speak, and also what words they choose to use. Because of this one could say that there really are two different forms of language, one for men and one for women. Language research has shown different characteristics associated with men's and women's speech (Cleveland, Stockdale, & Murphy, 2000).
Men's speech pattern characteristics include; "more joking, hostile verbs, more interpretation in cross-sex conversations, greater amount of talking, and lower pitch than females" (Cleveland, Stockdale, & Murphy, 2000, p. 96). Traits that are more often associated with females include "correct forms of speech, wider range in rates and pitch, polite and cheerful, the use of expressive intensifiers, and the use of questions to express opinions" (Cleveland, Stockdale, & Murphy, 2000, p.