Within the family, there is a natural hierarchy. This hierarchy, like all hierarchies, is based on abilitiy. You could call it natural aristocracy and meritocracy (which are one and the same, both based on ability, which is often tied in with genes). The father ranks above the mother, who ranks above the infant. Thus the line of communication between the father and the infant often passes through the mother. This may explain the female assoication with, and love of communication. It would also partly explain why women enjoy acting as intermediaries (see my entry on intermediaries), particlularly in the realm of communications. It may also explain why women have a penchant for dominating the middle classes in communications, aka the 'chattering classes' because women, in this capacity, are just swapping their position in the family household for one in the nation. In the family, they sit between the head (the father) and the powerless (the infant), in the nation they sit between the head (the upper classes, MPs, media barrons, bankers, educational priesthood etc) and the powerless (the working class, immigrants, minors, asylum seekers, benefit claimants etc). In this role they act as both gatekeepers (preventing any of the lower classes from elevating themselve) and enforcers (taking the rules from the yop tier and enforcing them on the lowe tiers). This may thus explain why the middle classes often have such a female appearance (in manners - think love of irony, and dress sense -think scarves) compared to the other classes. That's not to say that their is no masculinty in the middle class at all, nor is it to say that the upper classes are exclusively male, nor that the lower classes are exclusively childish, simply that there are more of these traits in each tier/class than are present in the other tiers/classes.
Hierarchy in the Family:
Hierarchy in the Nation:
Hierarchies in the Family/Nation: