Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?

Bryant (
9 Sep 1996 09:51:31 -0600

In article <50voh1$>,
Mary Beth Williams <> wrote:
>I'm sorry, Bryant, if I offended you through the use of a *stock
>phrase* with which I assume most culturally literate Americans are

Heh. Perhaps it is I who should clarify.

I understood your use of a tired phrase to make an unfair point about straw
man arguments. I responded with humor. The point (which you took
pains to erase in your followup) is that you spoke for a group that
indeed does commit the naturalistic fallacy on a regular basis, when
arguing with folks like me who think that evolutionary science might shed
light on the study of an evolved species of biological organism (humans).

That was hardly a glaring example of straw-manning on my part, as you
suggested with the "when did you stop beating your wife" business.

I was hoping you might respond to the substance of the post instead of
the joke which was post-scripted to it.

>I promise in the future to simplify my level of discourse so
>as not to offend you.

Jeesh, grow up. It was a joke. You marxist postmodernist
non-Amerinds really *are* a humorless lot.

>MB Williams
>Dept. of Anthro., UMass-Amherst