Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Loren Coleman Likes Women
“For years...women needed to just stay home and raise a family. Their hormones made them irrational and they needed a man around to tell them what to do.”
Obviously whoever wrote the preceding quote is a male chauvinist. But in this case the obvious is wrong.
A woman made that statement. I twisted its meaning around by pulling it out of context and then throwing in a key ellipse. The quote is from a recent Grey Matters essay by Lesley (June 5, 2007) entitled “Give Pheromones a Chance.” When you read the original statement in proper context, it’s obvious that her POV is 180 degrees opposite of how I’ve spun it.
Lesley and other bloggers have been defending cryptozoological researcher Loren Coleman who has been accused of making a chauvinistic statement during a radio program. On Coast To Coast Coleman said that Bigfoot, being so pheromone sensitive, would be more apt to make contact with a woman than a man. A couple of women bloggers played up that comment, interpreting it in a female chauvinistic way. Now Coleman has been offering essays at cryptomundo.com about distaff Bigfoot researchers to prove that he isn’t biased against women.
Selective quoting and interpretation is so easy. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to smear the innocent.
One time I read an article about a researcher who explained why women on average are shorter than men, the evolutionary factor involved. The researcher speculated that the difference in height placed women closer to male armpits, thus women would be more apt to detect male pheromones.
Now there’s some male chauvinism, huh? The man who said that was just reinforcing the stereotype of the strong male and the weak female.
Actually, a woman anthropologist made that observation.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 6:52 AM