March 22, 2008

Male Mail

Ever wonder what some of my mail looks like? After I did the Live@5:30 spot last night, I got up this morning to this:

Hello Lorraine,
I caught your appearance on television again this evening and once again, you manage to irritate me. The problem with children these days are horrible mother's like you.

Yes, that 15-year-old teenager should not have pulled down that girl's pants but he did. The school overreacted by calling the police and having him arrested. The school should have just suspended him, but now he will probably be charge with sexual harassment and labeled some type of sexual predator. What this kid needs is rigid, uptight and sexist old school feminists like you to take that stick from out of your ass and give yourself a good beating that your husband will not do.

See, I had the audacity to state - strongly - that a 15-year-old boy shouldn't be hauling down the pants of a 14-year-old girl in public. I believe it is wrong. I believe it is degrading. I believe he should be held accountable. And for anyone wondering who would defend actions like this, apart from another guest on the show with me, this guy would.

This apparently makes me a sexist feminist who needs a beating. Actually, this proves my point, and I thank the angry, repulsive guy who wrote in to remind me of that. I'm sorry if you're his girlfriend or wife; I'm more sorry if you're his daughter. I know a lot of amazing men, but the knuckle-draggers are among us, and until they have pounded each one of us into submission they won't be happy.

I don't see much mail like this. I can count on one hand, over the years, the garbage that has come in. When it does, it's always a stellar display of ignorance, usually bordering on illiterate and always from a world view that reaches all the way from A to B. I travel with mostly male journos for the auto stuff, and they are, to a man, courteous and kind. If so many of the male readers and writers in a predominantly male industry can be open-minded and polite, it doesn't faze me too much to trip over someone like the above.

I don't answer it, and I don't usually post it. But I thought it might be interesting for you guys to see what rolls in sometimes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too caught your appearance on Life@5:30 last night. I was horrified by the "gentleman" you were debating with. I know he's not really a gentleman as a real gentleman would understand that you don't pull someone's pants down and then dole out a "boys will be boys" excuse. It was obvious from Knuckledraggers mail to you that he was male. Some males fail to understand the humiliation factor experienced by the victim. Keep up your stance. You are right. Know that there are many men that agree with you too. They are the true gentlemen of our society.

March 22, 2008 3:13 PM  
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March 22, 2008 4:19 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Nothing nasty, poster asked me to let them repost to correct a typo...

March 22, 2008 4:34 PM  
Blogger Abe said...

The best thing you can do with a moron like that is - let him talk. There is nothing you can say or do that will make him appear more of an idiot than he already is. And he magnifies that truth every time he opens his mouth. Remember - there is a cure for ignorance - knowledge. But there ain't no cure for stupidity - and this dude has a terminal case.

March 22, 2008 4:19 PM

March 22, 2008 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OUCH! Hummm, Lorraine? Not a friend of yours I guess?

March 22, 2008 5:34 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

I have a mental image of the author...

Boxer shorts, sleeveless t-shirt (AKA wife beater shirt), and a 2 day growth, beer can in one hand, an appendage in the other.

I thought these guys rode out on the mammoths.


March 22, 2008 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wondered what people send to you... Any chance you could share one or two of the goodies that you receive? You gotta get something heart-warming or at least not mind-numbing every once in a while.
Looking forward to it!

March 23, 2008 9:37 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

I'm spoiled. I hear from a lot of great people. The ones like this are few and far between, and actually, the tone and general idiocy of this one makes me think it's the same tiny mind who initially wrote to the editors at the Spec trying to get my Powershift column canned in the early days. His venom was fascinating. He doesn't know his letters were circulated for general entertainment.

When the new site goes up, I'll try to include more feedback from you lot. I get some great information emails and 'other side' arguments, and of course, my favourite, the ones that agree with me and fawn over my sparkling wit.

Mostly its a time constraint - I jsut can't keep conversations going with people, or debate topics I pick on. But, that's the beauty of all of you mucking about in the comments pit. You can play amongst yourselves, and make fun of me when I look away.

March 24, 2008 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, fun of you? I adore you...enough brownie points for today? Almost sweet enough to make you sick,right???

March 25, 2008 10:54 AM  

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