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Both parties have it wrong...
Thanks to dduane for the link to this great post about Joe Six-Pack and how misunderstood "he" is.

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belindashort From: belindashort Date: October 5th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
that was amazing..reposted
perisoft From: perisoft Date: October 5th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly? It's not terribly amazing. It's someone claiming that average people are lesbian, S&M enthusiast, pagan construction workers.

It's completely baffling, really - 'Joe Six Pack', by definition, refers to... well, Joe Average. Joe Average isn't gay, isn't reading Neil Gaiman, and isn't polyamorous. No matter how much you want to think that quirkiness is normal, it's not.

That's why it's quirkiness.

So, yeah - there are strange people out there. But they're not Joe Six Pack. Sorry. Joe Six Pack really is a construction worker who goes home, swigs a Bud, and watches the Big Game. He doesn't have secrets, a boyfriend, or an incipient architecture degree. He might even not be a progressive.

And - here's the shocker - there's more of him than there are of us. Because he's average. And, lo and behold, it's ok for him to be average! He's still a person, he still deserves happiness, and he's not a wife-beating hick - despite his stubborn refusal to worship the earth, buy free-range eggs, and wear a bra under his Carhart.

In short: Hey, 'different people'! There are people different from you!

(I posted something along these lines on that thread, with a bit more elaboration, but apparently the love of quirkiness doesn't extend to ideological disagreement, since it never appeared. Ironic, isn't it?)
perisoft From: perisoft Date: October 5th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I stand corrected - the comment actually did show up. And somebody posted a reasonable response, even - so that's something, at any rate...
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