IWAS ADDRESSING a small gathering in a suburban Virginia living room -- a women's group that had invited men to join them.
Throughout the evening, one man had been particularly talkative, frequently offering ideas and anecdotes, while his wife sat silently beside him on the couch. If she didn't keep the conversation going, we'd spend the whole evening in silence." This episode crystallizes the irony that although American men tend to talk more than women in public situations, they often talk less at home. The pattern was observed by political scientist Andrew Hacker in the late '70s.
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To become a premium (GOLD) member for life and unlock this feature, all you have to do is buy any amount of tokens one time!Toward the end of the evening, I commented that women frequently complain that their husbands don't talk to them. He gestured toward his wife and said, "She's the talker in our family." The room burst into laughter; the man looked puzzled and hurt. Sociologist Catherine Kohler Riessman reports in her new book "Divorce Talk" that most of the women she interviewed -- but only a few of the men -- gave lack of communication as the reason for their divorces.Given the current divorce rate of nearly 50 percent, that amounts to millions of cases in the United States every year -- a virtual epidemic of failed conversation.The characteristic high-pitched, shrill cry associated with cri du chat syndrome is present during the first few weeks of life.The cry, which resembles the mewing of a cat, becomes less pronounced as affected infants grow older.