Have you heard that scientists have found an explanation for why women are more talkative than men? The research, just published, suggests that higher levels of a protein Foxp2 are found in a woman’s brain. Of course, tests were done on our favorite of rodents, rats. And sure enough the
chattier of them, the male, became even more fluent in whatever it is they do, or say. The report calls them chatty. The whole research is rather hard to swallow. But the next time your spouse complains that you talk too much, you may silence him with science.
It’s been claimed that women speak about 20,000 words a day, that’s 13,000 words more than the average man. I tend
to go along with the theory that men and women speak roughly the same amount with men speaking more in some situations. “That’s so at my house,” said one women, “my husband out-talks me by at least 75 percent.” This is closer to being the situation at my house. My husband talks about every idea that crosses his mind and his mind is never without new ones. I know if I started a conversation about this subject with my him, I wouldn’t get a word in edgewise.
Now I’m getting on sensitive ground but is it possible women talk more, because men are not good listeners? Men, oftentimes, just don’t listen the first time. Therefore, much of what we women are saying are
repeats. I think these studies try to fit people into neat little boxes, and that just can’t be done. And then, sometimes such research is initiated by feminist organizations and the next probable follow-up will be to prove how much more clever women are than men.
I really am not a “talker,” but I’ve noticed the best writers always have something to say, and express themselves well. So I do wonder how it is that I have become one? I am a bit sympathetic with some husbands who sometimes stop listening. I know that some women do talk incessantly, sometimes to the point where I find myself no longer listening.
Have you ever been affected that way? One woman’s husband has. The wife explained, ” I talk without stopping between 8:00 a. m. and 12 noon. So much so, that my husband decides to go to the office even on his day off. I spend the rest of the day calling the office to make sure he’s there, giving him an ear full with each call.” I’ve said all I’m going to to say on this subject but I’m hoping you have many opinions to share with us at shirlandyou. Next time, I think I’ll tackle the subject, “why women live longer than men.” If this is so, we’ll find out why. Don’t miss next week’s shirlandyou.
Doesn’t the Bible have something to say about needless talk? In Proverbs 10:19 we read: “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Maybe we ladies and men better wise- up.