posted on Sep, 21 2016 @ 02:47 AM
My husband gossips a LOT. He also spends a large a mount of time on the phone, and has crowded me out of the closet with his dammned shoe collection.
The stereotype has some holes in it.
I noticed that in our town, it seems to be the men who gossip the most. I hate gossip so end up refusing to stop and chat with them for that reason.
My husband has started to not tell me his gossip, because I tend to chide him for it.
Now, I don't know if it is just this area for some reason, or if it is the french culture, or what, but there are other correlations I note- like that
in this town, the women work longer hours, often for higher salaries, than the men.
You get men driving neat cars their wives bought for them, having time to do sports like bicycling, and spend lots of time socializing.
My husband works long hours, but he has a job that is not difficult, and like the other men here, he does NO housework, cooking, childcare... our kids
are grown now, but I don't think he ever gave a bottle or changed a diaper- even with three kids. This is typical here. The women are basically too
busy to gossip, they have too many serious responsibilities to risk believing very dubious information about others and events in the area.
I have witnessed first hand the men talk in a group about how shameful it is when a woman in the community is not employed outside the home ("Oh he
must be so ashamed of her! She does nothing! She is worth nothing!")
Even though some of them speaking are unemployed themselves!!!
It is really weird, it's like a mirror of the fifties : reversed.
For one, I think gossip is a natural and necessary part of communities.
It is how the community discusses and agrees upon the ethics of their community- what is good and bad, socially acceptable and not. These ethics are
communicated to the children from the time they are young, both directly and indirectly. So it is important, for the cohesion of the community, that
all the adults be on the same page in this.
When the men have little contact with the small children (as in the fifties in the US) it was more the women who did this.
I suspect that the reason men are doing it here is that women, though they be doing much of the household work, are actually so busy they are involved
in organizing, cooking, managing.... but they don't actually spend much of what we call "quality" time with children. They have a "nounou" caretaker
at four months, because she goes back to work, they start public school between two and three years. The mom comes home and is too busy to talk with
the kids- the dad, however, has the time to sit and talk with them, to play with them, to punish or reward them. They end up passing along the local
ethics more than the women.
So I suspect that is what actually determines who does the gossiping- not anything genetic in origin. It depends upon the culture.
I get bothered by how often the guys claim women in the community are secret nymphos having sex with everyone in the barn... with all the moral
outrage, there seems to be a large part of wishful fantasizing.