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The flap about Scott Adams began with his March 12th strip, which propmted
someone to write (in part):
>In a nut shell, a lady writer blows up at an engineer for not reviewing
>her stuff. The engineer relents, reads the stuff, and then says,
>"These pages are blank! You've been bluffing for months!" To which the
>humiliated writer replies, "I think I'll go have a yummy compost
>salad with delicious fetid cheese."
>It wasn't even mildly funny. It maligns women. It maligns tech writers.
>I paid good money to get insulted.
I don't remember the strip very well now, but at the time I wrote:
>I didn't see it as necessarily any more insulting to women or tech writers
>than anyone else.
>I remember puzzling over it for a while after reading it, but in the end
>I decided that it had a lot of conflicting messages. I still don't
>understand it, and it may just be stupid, but I don't find it offensive.
>By the way, the famous Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse (which once took
>a phone call from Air Force 1 reserving a table for two hours later)
I copied Adams on this message. He may have received others as well. Shortly
afterward he sent his message to the list. I don't have a copy of it, but it
would have been around 3/16/95. ...RM