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Gender, religion and real communication on the internet
« on: September 27, 2012, 07:37:45 AM »

I'm interested in people's reactions to this story.  Apparently some guy posted a picture of this woman on reddit, and was critical of the woman's appearance  - most specifically, her facial hair. 

The woman subsequently responded, and the original poster wrote back, in what is certainly one of the most interesting examples that I have ever seen of the internet really opening up lines of communication, in the way we all imagined it would in its infancy.

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Re: Gender, religion and real communication on the internet
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012, 07:43:21 AM »
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Re: Gender, religion and real communication on the internet
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012, 09:02:58 AM »
1. The guy was a douche, but he knew that.

2. His reaction is understandable.  They used to have bearded women in sideshows for a reason - you don't see them every day.  As such, people freak out a little when encountering them.   

3. His apology was unexpected and admirable, though his awe for her piousness is silly and misplaced.  Religiosity is not something to respect.  It is shameful.

4. She is well spoken, though delusional.

5. Her self esteem is refreshing.  However, contrary to popular belief, I think that is a personality trait, like blue eyes or being tall.  They are not things you can work on to aquire.  She would have confidence whether she waxed her beard or not. 

6. Sikhism, like every other religion, makes its followers do ridiculous things.  Cannot cut their hair, must wear funny hats, wear magical underwear, not eat certain foods, etc.  This is a typical ploy of cults[1] to break people away from the rest of society and bond to the cult.

7. Sikhs have double standards.  They don't cut their hair because they think it is altering their bodies.  Yet they do cut their fingernails.  Both hair and nails are made of the same material, so what's the hubub?  And most women who are Sikhs do remove body hair for aesthetics, as long as it is not the hair that grows on top of their heads.  Balpreet is an extremely rare exception.  They also pierce their ears and sometimes noses, though that is mainly a Hindu tradition.

8. A Sikh woman wearing a turban is very rare, especially amongst Indians.  If you see a Sikh woman with a turban, she is most likely caucasian and a convert.

 1. and I consider all religions to be cults
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