Re: memes and sexuality/ Gender Bias for Memes

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    Hi Kenneth,

    The previous posts became a bit confusing and muddied; I've attempted
    to edit out the main concepts and respond to them.

    Kenneth wrote:
    The general idea that memes could have a gender bias is expressed in
    which words oneself uses to express themselves.

    I believe that gender and sexuality are one and the same thing. No person
    is a blank slate. Males and females enter the world with gender brains
    that are *receptive* to certain memes, *remake* memes in their own sexual
    image, and *reject* others.

    Each human has a determining core or center based on male or female
    sexuality. There develops a powerful degree of memetic selection based on
    on gender along with each person's unique birth characteristics. For each
    one of us, beginning at birth, memeplexes build but always on a substrate of
    the powerful sexuality genes, hormonal influences, and other determiants.
    For Homo sapiens, there is a range of genetic sexual influences with
    permutations, and degrees of cross-over in each gender.
    Ken wrote:
    But there is no doubt that certain memes are typically
    feminine/ masculine.
    IMHO a meme is asexual; what gives it a feminine/masculine
    identity is the persons individual sexual orientation who incorporates it
    into his/her consciousness.

    That is when a male talks about order will he mean the same thing as a
    female does !?

    The meaning will be different for each person based on memeplexes
    constructed on the orientation of a male-female genetic base.

    Does a male/ female thinks, feels, experieces, .... the same things when both
    read a book about suicide !?

    Suicide is a meme that has all kinds of gender, religious, social and
    legal baggages. If we could factor out gender, it would once again
    revert back to genetic beginnings. I submit that the individual's
    *sexuality* develops into his/her most powerful memeplex. Sexual
    orientation additionally influences virtually all other meme-meanings
    that are learned in the course of a lifetime.

    >Aren't there gender differences in the way people *experience* certain

    << Of course, I have no problems with this statement. Like Vincent said
    on the first draft of this thread way back in July 2000, there has to be
    something different about male/ female information processing.
    Males/ females use different language constructs as a result of that, and
    in the end this includes different cultural/ social/... behavior.

    Vincent said it much better than I could. I would add that the "different
    language constructs" are based on male-female genetics.
    >It would be interesting if through research we could tease out the purely
    >gender-related reasons for male-female differences in their understanding
    >and usage of language.

    >How would you tease this !?

    1. Take a random sample of 500 female adults.
    2. Have each subject independently write a sentence
        for each of 25 words that have suspected male/female
    3. Using linguistic tools, do a language analysis of
        each sentence output.
    4. Do a similar study of 500 male adults.
    5. Compare the outputs of each gender group.

    Take care, good buddy,

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