because men & women are regarding the landscape from contrasting vantage points, the same scene can appear very different to them, and they often have opposite interpretations of the same action.
a husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use
a day..30,000 to a man's 15,000. the wife replied, "the reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men..."
the husband then turned to his wife and asked, "what?"
a women will be inclined to repeat a request that doesn't get a response since she is convinced her husband would do what she ask, if he only understood that she really wants him to do it. however, if a husband wants to avoid feeling as if he is following orders may instinctively wait before doing what was asked by his wife, in order to imagine he is doing such of his own free will. nagging
is the result, due to each time she repeats the request, the husband again puts off the request.
i don't care to address the other female cliche type parables mentioned. however, i would like to add i never feel uncomfortable stopping at a gas station to ask for directions even if i've plotted out the route via mapquest ahead of time. therefore, a very important fact for you ladies to consider is there are exceptions to every gender pattern, may that be female v male, or wife v husband such as the one's posted by the op.
patterns of human behavior regards to gender are a combination of both biological & cultural influences. it is important to understand these gender differences in order to accept, as well as modify accordingly so that male & females can co-exist cohesively in a productive manner as nurses. i realize the op's original intent was all in good humor, but the battle between the sexes does truely exist, especially in the nursing profession [jmo; in the civilian nursing sector the battle is more covert]. fortunately, in the amedd with males being around 34% of the rns in the anc, compared to 7% in the civilian sector, female gender bias parables seem to be less prevalent.
i'd like to give kudos to deborah tannen for writing such an excellent book; you just don't understand: women and men in conversation
. she conveys the message that it is important to find a common language between genders through understanding & acceptance in order to strengthen professional & personal relationships. siri, please know that i understand your intentions were in good fun & appreciate such.