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Ability in nothing without opportunity -Napoleon A little boy sits in a corner carefully engineering his transformer toy meanwhile his twin sister carefully swaddles her baby doll in its blankets What will the future hold for these two children Who will be fashioned as a leader--fashioned to take charge in a mans world Are their lives predestined by their genetics or can they be molded to suit the standards which society wishes to impose upon them Daily news reports communicate that people are blaming their faults and shortcomings on genetics Similarly society is rather fond of using the I cant help it excuse History has repeatedly proven that many character traits and skills are learned not inherited If that same little girl who is playing with her baby doll is given the opportunity tools and encouragement to be an active contributer to her society it is very likely that she will become just that If her twin brother is reprimanded for and discouraged from all aspects of aggressive behavior he will probably grow to be a meek and unchallenging individual Deborah Tannen states this very point in her essay entitled Women and Men Talking on the Job Instead of two children she uses two managers of a company to illustrate the effects of what happens when children who are raised to conform to a certain norm reach adulthood and interact in the workplace Tannen emphasizes that raising girls to be submissive hinders their ability to display confidence and their chances to develop strong negotiating and communication skills 553 The CEO of a corporation supports Tannens argument He explains that when making a decision as to whether or not to support an employee on a venture if they seem confident I call it a go If they seem unsure I figure its too risky and nix it qtd in Tannen 552 Tannen also stresses this point because it can affect a womans chances at
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