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Re: (kudra) We see what we want to see, I suppose was Re: Omigawd!

by sierrathedog04 (Hermit)
on Jul 13, 2001 at 19:14 UTC ( #96430=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to (kudra) We see what we want to see, I suppose was Re: Omigawd!
in thread Omigawd! Surprised by Reality!

Wow.

'Abigail' is a fictional female personna created by a male programmer. 'Abigail' does not exist. I was not rude to 'Abigail.'

Some years ago there was a song called "A Boy Named Sue." Now "Sue" did not actually exist. No rational person would say that "you were rude to Sue by calling her a man."

If 'Abigail' walked into my office it might be rude to tell 'her' that she is a man. However, this whole conversation has become Kafkaesque.

(Kafka by the way was not actually a slug even though he wrote a story claiming to be one. I was not rude to the slug in Kafka's story by calling him a man.)

I too sometimes confuse the online world with the real one, but get this. There is no such person as 'Abigail' and one cannot be rude to a fictional character.

Otherwise:

"Homer Simpson, you are not a man, you are a cartoon."

How could you be so rude to Homer, it is none of your business whether he is a man or an animated figure.
Let's get real.


Comment on Re: (kudra) We see what we want to see, I suppose was Re: Omigawd!
Re: Re: (kudra) We see what we want to see, I suppose was Re: Omigawd!
by DigitalKitty (Parson) on May 24, 2003 at 22:42 UTC
    Hi.

    You might be thinking of 'Metamorphosis'. In that story, Kafka was a cockroach ( as opposed to a slug ).

    Concerning the issue of gender. There is mounting scientific evidence to suggest that gender and sexual orientation ( two *completely* unrelated topics ) are hard-wired in the brain. Neither of them is a 'life style' or a choice. When I worked in a psychology lab, I was privileged to interact with several transgendered individuals and I was deeply impressed with their intelligence and depth of insight. It is thought that since *many* of them possess a larger, more integrated corpus callosum ( the central nerve bundle that connects the left and right hemispheres of the brain ) they are able to process information in a simultaneous dual sense ( emotionally and logically ). Viewing them as a 'circus freak' or 'side show exhibit' not only ignores the phenomenal contributions these individuals are capable of making, it reveals a staggering level of ignorance. In traditional Navajo culture, transgendered individuals ( referred to as 'Two Spirit' people ) have been revered for centuries. They are privileged members of the tribe ( permitted to conduct religious and funeral rituals, etc. ). In many aspects, Western culture has always displayed a level of ignorance / intolerance for things they were taught to fear. How many gifted individuals have taken their own lives when confronted with such bigotry?

    -Katie.

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