Re: virus: Meme, the Underlying Cause

Marie Foster (
Fri, 03 Oct 1997 13:29:05 -0700

Brett Lane Robertson wrote:
> At 09:43 AM 10/3/97 -0600, you wrote:
> >At 11:16 AM 10/3/97 +0100, Robin Faichney wrote:
> >>> From: Brett Lane Robertson[]
> >>> When the women on this list smart off by making sexual innuendos...
> >>Brett, I don't usually respond to you, because I find your
> >>thinking too difficult to follow, but this one was just
> >>incredible.
> >I can only imagine that Brett must be confusing this list with
> >another. I have been a member of this list since the beginning
> >and no woman has ever behaved in the manner described.
> >David McFadzean
> List,
> David is right...I am overgeneralizing (and mostly in response to another
> list). I *did* say "women ON THIS LIST". I can't say that specifically and
> I appologize for the misunderstanding.
> I meant to say that "women in general" tend to react a certain way when they
> do not understand something or they feel threatened. Even this comment is
> unfair. Had I said "some people" tend to respond in certain ways, though;
> some people would still be offended. People do not like
> generalizations--they are always the exceptions (or so they think).
> I *also* went on to say that I have developed a tolerent attitude toward
> humor on an electronic mailing list. I have an odd understanding of humor,
> though--that it is a defense against attainment. Psychology tells me that
> defense mechanisms are often regressions to a more infantile mental state
> (and for those of you who wonder "Where does Brett get this stuff", I get
> most of my leanings from the discipline of which I have the
> equivalent of a Masters Degree).
> Of course, on mailing lists,IN GENERAL, there will be times when the group
> and its individuals are progressing and times when they are regressing. If
> one can say that adolescent boys act *exactly* like adolescent girls; then,
> one might assume that when the ladies regress they would act *exactly* like
> the men when they regress. I don't expect this to be the case; and as such,
> I stand behind my assessment even without direct examples of such behavior.
> I believe that women who are confused become like adolescent girls (and thus
> the sexual innuendo) and that men when they regress become like adolescent
> boys (and thus sarcastic and oppositional)...I would say that *any* list
> would be sufficient to observe this behavior.
> The delusional reaction is not on my part (as some other posts have pointed
> out). The delusion is evident in the *over-reaction* to my post..the
> denial, the projection/hurt feelings, and fingerpointing. A good example
> is David's reaction: "I have been a member of this list since the beginning
> and no woman has ever behaved in the manner described." Come on, David...NO
> woman has EVER behaved in such a manner? And what manner is it that we are
> talking about?; "silly", "flippant", "adolescent", "confused",
> "regressed"...*with well hidden intelligence*, *with humor* (these are the
> words I used). Don't you think you are over-reacting? Don't you all see
> how you are over-reacting?
> Brett

Sorry Brett. I was hoping for a mental tune up from this list. Tune

Tune deaf