Different but Equal: Communication between the Sexes

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Introduction

ORIENTATION OF THE BOOK

Different but Equal: Communication between the Sexes really began when I started my studies as a doctoral student at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. For my doctoral dissertation I needed to write about something for which I felt passion. Without passion I knew I would never complete the project. I decided to write about the role of the corporate wife in America. I played the role of corporate wife, married to a man who had assumed an important position for both the corporation and the family, while I also worked part time and took care of our three children. In my role as corporate wife I had struggled with a number of issues that had tormented me from the beginning of our marriage. I found all of my answers in “faith” issues, but I still wanted to understand and describe the secular perspective of my anxieties. What I discovered, simply put, astonished me! The doctoral dissertation was only the beginning of a life-changing adventure mirroring and encompassing the unique struggles of a whole society coming to terms with social change. The social change was reflected in confusion about restructuring role relationships, the retraining of people who wanted to have an active role in work and play, struggle with power issues between those who had and those who wanted to have, and shifting cultural symbols exemplified in the stories, myths, humor, play, ceremonies, and heroes of American society. This book reflects and describes the communication issues associated with that social change.

The book intends to incorporate the communication issues inherent in

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