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On 06/15/01 03:21, Metascience said this-
>The act of mooning may have various meanings:
>1. a prank
>2. a provocation against sexual norms
>3. an expression of contempt.
>In the 1987 study, mooning was just a childish prank. Yesterday in
>Gothenburg, it was certainly an expression of contempt.
>Sociologists would argue that the word, the act, and its meaning are
>strongly tied together. Most memeticists probably agree that these three
>spread together as a meme complex.
>The meme may get its fitness from pushing a sexual button, according to
>Brodie's theory (2).
I always viewed mooning as pretty much a display reflex, like that of
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