Re: virus: Re: Live Nude Girls

Michelle Lee Gendvil (
Sun, 27 Jul 1997 17:32:37 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 27 Jul 1997, Eric Boyd wrote:
> So I don't know. Is it worth trying to find a word for that purpose?
> Or do we continue to struggle along with the clunky "s/he" and "wo/man"
> (and just how do you pronounce those??)
Actually, I just like this particular quote but I should have stated
that I am not making a statement about the origins of sexism. I used the
emphasis as a indicator for those who have a problem with politically
correct terminology. Perhaps I was giving you the 90s version of
Aristotle's statement.

I am using this quote in "defense" of the women that are represented in
_LND_. Another example is _ChasingAmy_, representing those woman who
try to satisfy their confused sense of self through the constant struggle
for emotional

If one is not secure in his/her self, he/she is going to substitute the
desire to attain a healthy goal for the numbing qualities
of instant gratification. I think that one desires such fulfillment
because they think it can be achieved, yet the desire is based on an
imagined sense that happiness can ultimately be found through some
predetermined form of what "happiness" and "security"
are learned and/or imagined to be.

All men have the desire to know. An indication of this is
> the delight we take in our senses; for even apart from
> their usefulness they are loved for themselves.
> - Aristotle
> One defining quality of "man" is their desire for knowledge but we do
not associate the mastery of other senses as a "superior" form of
knowledge. What if someone worked their entire life to attain the ultimate
feeling of "security"? Are they necessarily working towards a goal which
is inferior to the attainment of knowledge or virtue which is by
definition unattainable?

The main reason I try to use politically correct language is out of the
understanding that it seems to be important to some people. Personally, I
I like to cut corners, but I find myself trying to cover all bases when
"Is it worth though?" I ask myself. In my attempt to be thorough I find
myself confusing the issue at hand. Oh well, confusion is great fun.

;> - Michelle