Miller's Chapter Summary

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When it comes to women and men’s relationships there are many similarities as well as differences. Miller explains in the first chapter of our text that gender differences are highly dependent on the normalities of gender roles and stereotypes in a culture. Meaning that in areas with high gender stereotypes there will be more differences amongst the sexes. Starting with the notion that men and women do possess two different sides of a relationship within the one shared together, there is evidence supporting this. Beginning with the first encounter, Miller describes in Chapter 3 on page 104 that although both sexes share the evaluation of warmth, loyalty, attractiveness, status and resourcefulness there are discrepancies. In general women tend …show more content…
He also emphases that men who are considered “macho” tend to be much more likely to disclose information in a relationship or to a lover than to their close male friends. (Chapter 7, pg. 244) Another key component to relationships is the dependency level on each partner. Miller discusses these dependences in his chapters on Loneliness and Sex. In each of these he explains that in general men tend to be more dependent on their partners in terms of subsiding loneliness which this can be attributed to the previous idea that men in general do not disclose as much information as men. (Chapter 7 page 240) As well as in terms of sex, men tend to have a higher sex drive than women meaning that the dependency may indeed cause relational issues. (Chapter 9). Taking all these factors in to hand, some of the issues that may arise from a cross-sex relationship is lack of communication and dependence. Although both sexes do disclose emotions, women are higher in the amount they disclose leading to potential feelings of uninterested or uncommitted of the male partner. The same could be said for the male partner in regard to the lower sex drive of his female