PF, I know you've written at length about the "truth" of stereotypes and about how society talks about them and reality you ascribe to the function of the stereotype, but when you try to paint a picture for us, as you've put it, you're inviting us into seeing a stereotype and suggesting it's familiar to us, as if we should say, Oh yeah, I know these guys. And then you're dismissive of their behavior, as if the stereotype explains all of them and their scent taste, right down to their not appreciating a scent you find "manly" and appreciate yourself for its "manliness." It looks to me like they're two people who disagree with your nose wishes.Originally Posted by perfectfeet
Tuner makes a great post, I think, and CJ and others have as well.
Many posts on this thread have tried to show you the stereotype doesn't hold, no matter where you've seen it, and that the picture you want to paint for us displays awfully badly and inaccurately. Sure, there's homosexuality as an issue in the world and discussions of it. That means people are full characters--full people, more than flat representations of stereotypes rendered into cartoons.Originally Posted by Tuner_Watson
As a moderator I have to worry about this thread getting out of hand and becoming a flame war. There's good discussion of plenty of things here, and I think members post to it, because they want to be understood. However, there's a risk of things getting out of hand. Name calling and dismissive comments, general attacks, and discussion of issues far and away beyond fragrance in our lives will get the thread locked.
Everyone, if your point has been made here already, please consider that as you weigh whether to post.
I thank everyone for their thoughful postings.