Tannen’s “Conversation Style.”
Inadequate communication or rather, miscommunication can be attributed to most of the common confusions and fallacies. Most of the problems encountered by humanity, for instance, at work-related issues spins around our inability to communicate effectively. Deborah Tannen affirms that individuals have unique ‘conversational styles’ that often misguide intrinsic characteristics. Deborah is very explicit in her assertions that direct and honest communication is vital to organizational designs. Expressing dissent and praise when due, instead of unnecessary cover-ups will help prevent future backlashes.
For example, while a female boss may offer praise to a male employee for attempting a particular task, being honest and direct on the acceptability and correctness of the specified function is advisable. Such is effective ‘conversational styles’ that every individual irrespective of gender affiliation should adhere to strictly. In most workplaces, just like mine, gender-related speech patterns are common and are often misconstrued. A manager may be impulsive, and an employee may be temperamental. This will ultimately result in misunderstandings between them.
Margery Wolf’s “Uterine Families.”
Margery analyzes the patrilineal family relation between men and women in most societies. She affirms that while men are assured of loyal and permanent membership in a patrilineal family, women have temporary attachment and ultimately have to form their uterine families upon bearing children. Margery’s affirmation is very true in most Chinese and Taiwanese families, as a new bride has to establish her networks in the new home (uterine family). Being irrelevant to her patrilineal family, in the long run, impact her attitude and loyalty.
Saving Muslim women
In most Muslim nations, there is a clear demarcation between men’s and women’s modes of dressing. For example, the burqa, though viewed as a form of male exploitation and control, most Muslim women consider it otherwise. They view the burqa as a form of modesty and preservation of personal respect and privacy. As such, in this context, most Muslim women do not need saving as they have articulately adopted the religious and family implication of these garments.