Co-Cultures in a Multicultural Society Paper

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Co-Cultures in a Multicultural Society Paper

The movie Fools Rush In is a great example of how gender as well as cultural differences can hinder communication in a multicultural society. Fools Rush In is about two people, Alex and Isabel, who come from two different cultural backgrounds who after a one night stand become pregnant and decide to get married. However, along with the marriage come compromises that include cultural traditions and personal sacrifices. The movie is a comedy but can also be viewed as romantic and shows how two people who love each other can resolve the issues of cultural and gender differences. Male and female differ in their use of communication because their reasons for communicating are different. Men
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K., & Backlund, P, 2008). These different styles also contribute to the miscommunication between genders however not intentionally but the gap of consistency creates misunderstandings. Men have nonverbal tendencies that may relate to their general higher status in society, because higher status persons exhibit many of the same non immediate traits ascribed to men (Ivy, D. K., & Backlund, P, 2008). Some men feel that because they use dominant language and communicate with authority that they are in charge and in control of the opposite gender. These tendencies are what cause some of the main miscommunication and misunderstandings between the genders. This is highlighted in the scene where Alex is screaming at Isabel at the opening of his club and she leaves crying. Not only did Alex think by yelling he was being in control but he also thought that his views where right and that she was trying to hold him back from his goals. The ways in which people deal and respond to conflict may be influenced by their cultural background and their gender. There are ways in which to manage conflicts such as dominating, integrating, obliging and avoiding. Different genders use different styles of communicating that fit their needs. Differences in gender may affect the types of persuasive styles and modes of nonverbal

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