The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0149  Wednesday, 23 January 2002

From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 22 Jan 2002 18:23:24 -0500
Subject: 13.0137 Re: Accents English
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0137 Re: Accents English

Ok, here goes:

Mike Jensen says,

>if I had a
>lifetime of the world telling me there was something wrong with being
>tall, as a way of shaking my fist at everyone with that attitude I'd
>probably wear lifts, moose [sic]  my hair up (the bit I have left), and >get a t-shirt telling the world I'm proud to be tall.  It is an
>understandable (and irrational) reaction - and it does NOT mean I am
>better than my friend Will, who is 5'4"

True enough; but when you go to such lengths to emphasize the difference
it is not irrational for your audience to conclude that you, at least,
think it is somehow more laudable to be tall than short.  Likewise, when
you point out that Will is short and add "not that there's anything
wrong with that" you mean the opposite of what you are saying.  (This is
not an invitation to resume the discussion anent subtext.)  (By the way,
is it still permissible to use words like "belittle" and "denigrate"?)

Martin Steward also agrees with my premise but argues that black,
feminist and gay chauvinism is less reprehensible than the other kinds
because it has not yet done as much damage.  I suppose we can wait.

And Karen Peterson takes me to task on stylistic grounds-I did not
pepper my submission with enough limiting modifiers, like "some."   I
did not say "all" either.  I never do-well, hardly ever.

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