The Differences Between Men and Women

woman and man standing next each others
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 12, 2022 and last updated on July 24, 2023

Exploring this topic is a valuable endeavour for English learners, as it presents an opportunity to enhance language skills while gaining insights into societal dynamics. This engaging topic provides a platform to practice descriptive language, expressing diverse characteristics and behaviours attributed to genders.

By delving into the subject, learners can engage in thoughtful discussions on gender roles, stereotypes and cultural influences, promoting critical thinking and cross-cultural awareness.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About The Differences Between Men and Women

This topic has been a subject of fascination, research and societal debate for centuries. Beyond biological dissimilarities, gender differences encompass multifaceted aspects like behaviour, communication styles and cognitive abilities. While some argue that these disparities are innate, others attribute them to socialisation and cultural influences.

Understanding these dissimilarities is crucial for fostering empathy, respect and equality in diverse settings. By exploring the complexities of gender differences, we gain insights into building more inclusive societies, bridging gaps and appreciating the richness of diversity that shapes our understanding of human nature.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • distinguish (verb)
  • differently (adverb)
  • strength (noun)
  • weakness (noun)
  • social construct (noun)
  • advantageous (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are some common stereotypes or beliefs about the differences between men and women in your culture?
  • Are there any specific roles or expectations assigned to men and women in your society? How do you feel about them?
  • Do you believe that certain professions or activities are better suited to either men or women?
  • Have you ever experienced or witnessed gender discrimination or inequality?
  • Do you think it's more advantageous to be a man or a woman in todays modern society?
  • Do you think men or women have unfair expectations put on them by society?
  • Do you think men and women are more suited towards specific careers?
  • If you suddenly became a man/woman what would be the first thing you would do?
  • Do you think the government and other institutions are trying to make men and women the same?
  • In your opinion, what are some positive aspects of embracing gender differences in society?
  • Should workplaces have gender-specific policies or should they be gender-neutral?
  • Should sports be segregated based on gender, or should there be more mixed-gender competitions?
  • Are gender-specific bathrooms necessary, or should there be unisex facilities?
  • Is the underrepresentation of women/men in certain fields due to gender differences or systemic barriers?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.