patriarchy debate

Deus Ex Machina (X8H1@MUSIC.STLAWU.EDU)
Sat, 16 Mar 1996 12:04:10 EST

I must admit that as an undergrad focusing on physical anthro I don't
know much concerning the cultural and social side of the field. To be
totally honest I find it about as interesting as I do math, but I enjoy
the debate very much on Anthro-L. There is , however, one thing I can't
stand and that is the "ambush listening" and personal attacks. It
contributes nothing useful to the debate or to knowledge or
understanding of anthropology or science in general. I have always
believed in the principle of fair play especially since I was in 5th
grade and I first strapped on a football helmet. (please no Neandertal
comments) First of all if someone was being a jerk and cheating it made
the game miserable to play, but the thing I learned was that the best
way to get back at the person was to not only play FAIRLY but to PLAY
BETTER than the guy who cheats. Playing the position of center if a
defensive lineman was obnoxious and a cheat I would "pancake" him on his
ass (excuse my language) totally fair but nonetheless the message got
accross. The same sort of logic applies here if someone is a jerk than
INSTEAD of being a jerk back REFUTE their argument in a RESPECTFUL
MANNER. If you can't do this then don't respond. I know that it is
hard in fact I am guiilty of doin many times also, however if we all
kept this in mind when we respond to stuff here I think the debate will
be more productive. Besides I seem to recall my mother and other adults
always telling me to "play fair."Don't you all think that it would be
better to all act like "adults" at least for the sake of allowing my
naive childhood view that its "kids" who are supposed to act poorly?

Matthew Joanis '98
St. Lawrence Univ.
Anthropology major

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