On Thu, 24 Jun 1999 22:34:54 -0700 (PDT), you wrote:
>> >Don't you dare apologize, Mr. Harris. While I and many other more
>> >rational men have a great respect for the minds and talents of women,
>> >the attitude you describe /does/ exist, and your simple, honest
>> >reporting of that fact is far more likely to lead to solutions than
>> >is Natasha's misplaced indignation.
>> Yes, do apologize Mr. Harris! And, as for Mr. Crocker, unfortunatley he
>> reiterates your generalization. Indignation? This seems to be your own
>> emotion Mr. Crocker -:)
>I certainly admit to indignation (I've never had a problem with it,
>properly applied), but I made no generalization whatsoever, and
>neither did Mr. Harris. All we did is honestly report on a belief
>common in society. I don't hold that belief, nor do I respect that
>belief, but I respect even less the desire to deny unpleasant
>realities. You may speculate all you want as to my motives--I
>believe that facts are more important than motives. If you think
>I have my facts wrong, then say so and tell me why.
I side with Mr Crocker on this issue, and I think his reasoning in defense of Rob was sound.
Rob's opinion was, I thought, a bit of an exaggeration of a viewpoint that is not all that uncommon (although few who see it that way would ever own up to it).
Natasha's response to Rob was a great example of --- I can't put it any other way--programming. We are programmed to respond to certain situations in certain ways. George Carlin's recent rants on the hypocrisy of American mourning regarding Littleton gives an interesting insight on all this.