Jennifer Grace (amazin@ACPUB.DUKE.EDU)
Wed, 4 May 1994 14:57:17 -0400

Ever come back after two or three days of absence to find that something
you said in confidence to someone in an email message has been posted
(and de-contextualized) to the entire mailing list? What I sent to
Michael (whose last name I forgot) at Cornell concerning my studies in
kinship has apparently been taken wrongly by a few people. I personally
have taken up the study of kinship for my research and find it very
interesting and important. What I had said in my email was said
tongue-in-cheek, somewhat in the same way someone might says, "I study
really dull stuff like quantum mechanics." I definitely learned two
lessons from this. First, anything I send to anyone on this list in
confidence can potentially be posted publicly without my permission and
second, jokes just don't always read well by the entire population of
the list. Please forgive me for any misreading of that remark which was

Jennifer Grace
Department of Cultural Anthropology
Duke University