Georgette Munezero

Stories from Georgette Munezero

Every so often, we hear or use, to some extent, the phrase “women are so emotional”and it has become so engraved in our minds that we do not even question it. This phrase however, is not as objective as we have made it to be overtime. Rather, differences of emotionality between genders has a lot more to do with gender roles and expectations than the reality of emotional experience. Emotionality involves the concepts of emotional experience, emotional expression, as well as perception of emotions, all of which are intertwined with social norms and stereotypes (Bosson, Vandello, & Buckner). Consequently, men and women express emotions within the context of what is acceptable and expected of their gender. Among other consequences, gender-based differences in emotionality have an effect on heterosexual relationships, especially when it comes to communication of emotions.