RE: Re: virus: Re:[genius] Sexism

Richard Brodie (
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 08:12:25 -0800

Kristy wrote:

<<You must

realize that for most sexual-assault survivors, they are screwed up for the rest of their life, and they do indeed suffer every single day.>>

Very true, very true.

In fact, it's true of most people, regardless of what they have survived, isn't it?

If studies showed that sexual-assault survivors became more successful in their lives than the rest, would you then be in favor of sexual assault?

Of course not.

This is a classic example of a quandary that cannot be solved within Level 2.

We can be happy and successful by choosing the attitudes with which we look at the past, present, and future. The same attitudes are not "correct" for everyone nor in every situation. You are trying to change people's attitudes to fit an agenda you have. People are very resistant to having their attitudes changed, even if they are stupid, counterproductive, even self-destructive attitudes.

Kristy, few people are "for" rape. Think about what you are trying to accomplish and how best to achieve it. Telling other people they are wrong may just entrench them even more strongly. It is very unlikely to change anyone's mind and leaves a trail of bitterness.

Richard Brodie Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme" Free newsletter! Visit Meme Central at