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Topic: TALKATIVE (09/08/16)
TITLE: The Course of Conversation
By Roy Proctor
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Preschool boys tend to make noises in imaginative play. For example, if they play with toy dogs, they tend to bark and growl like a real dog.
On the other hand, preschool girls are much more verbal. For instance, if they play with dolls, they talk as they pretend to feed it, change it, etc. Very seldom do girls make sounds of airplanes, cars, trucks or animals.
There is a link between preschool children’s playing and language in later life. Communication specialists tell us that as girls increase in age they develop verbal language faster than boys. This also applies to academics. However, by the time boys are sixteen years of age, they tend to catch up with girls linguistically.
Differences in verbal communication can be seen as people grow well into adulthood. I observed this one day while watching two women and a guy browsing through a clothing catalog. Everything the women pointed to was either cute, adorable or pretty. And what of the guy’s response? One word, cool. One word responses tend to be adequate, in many instances for men, but not for women.
How about this scenario? I came home one time from a men’s fellowship meeting at the church. My wife asked, “Well, how was the meeting?”
“Pretty good,” I responded. But that wasn’t’ enough answer for her. I had to answer a host of questions about who the speaker was, what he talked about, who attended, along with a seemingly endless number of other questions that really didn’t seem to matter.
There is yet another thing I’ve noticed as of late. There tends to be more women writers than men. Why? Simply because women tend to be better at language than men and deal with issues more extensively.
All of this has led me to wonder, what if every person in the world was a man? No one would talk much. Conversations, would be colorless and lacking in descriptive language that would explain everything. This is an exaggeration, I’ll admit. But it’s my way of saying that women, and the conversations peculiar to them, tend to make life more interesting.
I’ve often conjectured that God had a unique sense of humor when He created mankind both male and female. I have been single but am now married. While it’s much easier being single, marriage is much more exciting and full of surprises.
There are moves afoot these days to destroy gender differences. But God made mankind to be both male and female. (See Genesis 5:2) To destroy what He created could be summed up with one word, “Dreadful.”
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