4 Sep 1996 08:54:02 -0600
In article <LXSLyAwZqMQM091yn@io.com>, Lars Eighner <email@example.com> wrote:
>>Asking for references or the names of the cultures you're thinking of should
>>not be taken as some kind of insult. Clarification helps the rest of us
>>understand your points.
>It was not that request, but the prejudicial way in which you
>frame your questions.
It occurs to me that many anthropologists are right next to postmodernist
English professors in their ability to get stuck with "tones" and
"implications" when faced with a direct, plain question.
Think about how much time could be saved by simply noting the offensive
"tone" and then answering the question, rather than letting a thread be
hijacked by a never-ending exchange about who has been ruder.