Hrant turns his cultural prejudices into "biological realities":
>- Because of who participates in battle, pain is masculine.
Because of who participates in childbirth, pain is feminine.
>- Because of how we bleed, pain is angular and straight.
Erect penises are straight, although when used correctly, there is no pain.
>- Because of what babies [generally] go through, comfort
> is feminine, and curvy. Food is our strongest influence.
So male babies will turn into homosexuals unless they are exposed to battle?
>- Because of gravity, an inverted triangle (or anything
> top-heavy; jokes are welcome...) denotes instability,
An inverted triangle is the female pubic area, symbol of (1) procreation
and (2) sensuality in many cultures.
>The list goes on, and I admit that one could read
>too much into it.
>But denying the truth that humans
>have low-level "hard-coding" is ludicrous (and also
>happens to be one of the first things the West has
>to get over ASAP). And this hard-coding is the first
>thing that comes into play during communication.
I don't disagree at all with the idea that humans, like other animals, have
things "hard-coded". But far better animal behaviorists than either of us
have struggled with sorting out the hard-coded from the learned in mammals
and birds that lack our (human) complexity of culture, so it hardly seems
likely that any of these ideas express anything other than your personal
tastes and cultural background, without any systematic attempt to study
People like Carl Jung spent a lifetime studying such things, and still, in
the data-supported views of others, got a lot of it wrong.
>One thing that I'm strugling with is why italics are seen
Perhaps because you dislike them.
I was talking with an acquaintance the other night whose son has taken a
lot of flack for playing the flute, a "feminine" instrument. And drums are
often regarded as "masculine". But, time was (and still is in some
cultures) when only men were allowed to play flutes and only women play drums.
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