The Insult Approach
I really don’t understand this one. Here is a recent email I got on JDate.com. The website I joined with the fewest members yet where I am most popular. I guess it is the Shiksa effect. I removed his name to protect his identity, but really what the hell was he thinking?
I just love everything you have to say, well perhaps not the 2 cats in a small apartment … and although being a classic liberal jew, not a big fan of unions … I can explain
Would love to speak to you about it.
I mention in my profile, that since both of my parents were union for most of their careers, that I am a lifelong democrat. And I am extremely pro-labor, probably more pro-labor than most democrats. I also briefly mention that I live in a small studio apartment with two cats. Meant as a slight self-deprecating joke, but true. I actually prefer to live in a small space if I am living alone anyway. I am not exactly a materialistic person. I buy most of my clothing off of ebay and I ALMOST NEVER PAY RETAIL. I also don’t have cable, have a working television or a car. I live simply and I like it that way. 🙂
So what is this idiot thinking? If this was his attempt at humor, he missed the mark completely. I have learned the hard way that sarcasm is difficult to pick up on in written form. TRUST ME! I still get in trouble with this all the time. HA! I have what I like to call “Foot in mouth disease!” And I couldn’t even count how many times an attempt at a joke on Facebook or in an email missed its mark. So when I communicate with complete strangers online, I try to leave the sarcasm out!
So what is he doing? Insulting me for living in a small apartment? Insulting me for owning cats? Well I am not giving them up for anyone, the only exception being if I had a child that was allergic. I certainly wouldn’t give them up for a relationship! I did that once and I would never do it again. I am sorry I am not wealthy, I guess I need to step it up and get that bigger apartment in this dreadful economy as a working artist. And then he bashes unions? Well sir I don’t care if you are a big fan of them or not, I put that on my profile to weed out the libertarians and republicans. Sure I have plenty of friends that are both, but I would usually avoid dating one. I can’t say I would never date someone with different political leanings, but relationships are hard enough, and I am passionate about politics, so there is no way I am going to have THAT fight repeatedly for the rest of my life! And what did he mean that
“I don’t like unions…I’ll explain”
What was he planning on some lecture on his view of economics? SNORE!
I have also gotten things like, and these were all from men I DID NOT CONTACT in any way, these comments just showed up in my inbox.
- I can’t believe you like the Beatles, that is so typical (I have nearly every song memorized!)
- I guess you are just one of those bitches that only emails the mean boys – (I wasn’t even sure what this meant)
- Why would you like nerdy smart guys? What is wrong with you? (There is a problem with liking smart people?)
- Why are you so uptight about your age range? – My age range is 33-43 (That is 10 years!)
- I guess you have a basis against older men, you should really be more open-minded. (From a 55-year-old)
- Vegetarians are losers! (Wow, well now that you said that total stranger bring on the bacon!)
I have heard that men get the same treatment. Does this ever work? Do men or women respond positively to the random insult? Are some people secret masochists that think,
Hey now this is my kind of woman/man! They already hate me!
Or maybe some folks out there who like a dominating partner, and this kind of
- Let me tell you something sister…
- Let me tell you how to live your life…
- Or what you don’t understand is…
I guess some people like that sort of treatment, I can’t stand it. Generally speaking, if I want advice I ask for it, I absolutely hate unsolicited advice as I think most people do!
The passive aggressive approach of men and women who, resentful of a person they think may not respond to them otherwise, figure that getting a negative reaction is better than no reaction. Sort of like the man on the street who will cat call a woman and then immediately insult her. I remember one such instance, as I was crossing the street in Washington Heights, no makeup, my hair in a pony-tail while wearing big baggy jeans and a puffy coat, I hear this from a car waiting for the light to change.
When I don’t show any response, about 5 seconds later I hear
And I am certain he couldn’t even see my ass, as my coat was covering it. But whatever, sort of the same effect. I did respond to Mr. let me insult your apartment, your cats, and unions. I won’t print my response here, but it was something to the effect of
Sir, if this was your attempt at humor, you blew it. You are blocked.
- Mom Found Lesson in Hidden Insults (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Lost Art Of Insulting (writtenbynikki.com)
- Monkey Island’s insult sword-fighting is free for all (vg247.com)
- The Daily Grind: What’s the most insulting quest you’ve ever done? (massively.joystiq.com)