Re: Are Beliefs Like Clothes? & gender

Sunah Caroline Cherwin (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 23:42:02 -0700 (PDT)

>In a message dated 8/16/97 10:20:30 PM, (Sunah Caroline
>Cherwin) wrote:
>>Some linguists see a male tendency toward argument not as part of
>>present-day sexual selection, but as legacy code in which
>>(to put it broadly and generally)
>>*men* communicate to seek status
>>(originally for sexual purposes)
>>and *women* communicate to form connections
>>(originally a habit that led to fathers and other community members helping
>>support them and their kids).
>These both seem very plausible. In what sense, however, are they "legacy"?
> Persuasiveness and skill at argument remain an excellent road to status
>(sales, law, management) and I believe it's been shown that a strong social
>network continues to provide good insurance for personal crises, whether
>social or financial.

They are "legacy" in the sense that they are gender-specific and no longer
need to be, which is a way of saying they are "legacy" in the sense that
these styles are highly correlated with hardware. I guess the metaphor with
legacy code does break down there.

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