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Who has a better life in your country, women or men?

How much of a glass ceiling is there in your country? What are the reasons for it, and could it
How else are men and women different in your country? How have things changed?
How do those things compare to other countries/cultures?
Are gender differences due to upbringing?
What things most need to be changed in your country to make the sexes more equal?
What do you think about efforts to reduce sexism by changing the language that we use?

2. Insert the words into the text. There are two words too manyl Number 1 is an example.

emotional considered researchers characteristics acceptable analyse neurological

express gender assumption happiness children stereotypes frustrations


Stereotypes of the way men and (1) women are expected to deal with their emotions strongly affect
our culture and society, with images of overly reserved men and excitable, emotional women
immediately coming to mind. Boys are told to suck it up; girls are told to let it all out. But do
(2) ____________ differences actually exist between men and women, and if so, how do they affect
our (3) _________________ health?

The research is mixed regarding the emotional differences between the genders. Strong evidence has
been found that there are differences in the way men and women detect, process, and
(4) ______________ emotion. Other studies show that men and women share more emotional
similarities than differences. The (5) _________________ of reserved men and emotional women are
widespread and do affect the way young boys and girls are raised. Some
(6) _________________ argue that we may be creating gender differences that do not naturally exist
by accepting and passing on these stereotypes to our (7) __________________.

Other researchers believe these differences have developed due to the evolutionary roles placed on
men and women to survive and succeed. While researchers debate these gender differences, they agree
that the differences ultimately can have a negative effect.

There is a common (8) ___________________ that has developed over the years with regard to
women being more emotionally expressive than men. Many studies have been (9)_______________,
examining emotional expressiveness in males and females and there is a fairly high percentage
demonstrating that women are the more emotionally expressive gender. In addition to this there are
certain emotions that have been stereotypically linked to each gender. Emotions of
(10) __________________, sadness and fear are believed to be more (11) ________________ of
women, while men are believed to be more characteristically angry.

Gender differences in emotional expressiveness is not a new area of (12) ______________ by any
means. There are many different studies which (13) __________________ the way in which males
and females are seen to express different levels of emotion and how each possesses some stereotypical
emotions which are deemed socially (14) __________________ for males and females.

3. What do the following expressions mean?

To suck it up: _________________________________________________________


To let it out: ____________________________________________________________

4. Are the following statements TRUE / FALSE/ NOT GIVEN?

a) Women are believed to be more emotional than men.


b) Evidence supports the claim that men and women process emotions differently.


c) Studies have shown that stereotypes do not affect our everyday life.


d) There is a high percentage demonstrating that men are the more emotionally expressive


e) Anger is a feeling more commonly associated with women than men.


5. To what extent do you agree/ disagree with the following statements about gender roles?
Put a tick in the column that suits your answer. Compare responses with your classmates.



1. A woman should give up her job

when children are born

2. A man might help sometimes

with housework.
3. A man mustn't allow his friends
to see him doing chores.

4. There are some jobs that only a

man can do.

5. A woman must give up her social
life when she has kids.

6. Men shouldn't have to change

dirty diapers.
7. Men have to go to work and earn
money for the family.

8. Women have to get married by the age 30.