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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    I love how the lizard portion of her brain went into overdrive because of some unfamiliar names for lunch meats.
    Could have been a whole HOST of reasons for her to have that reaction--and not a 'lizard' brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    I love how the lizard portion of her brain went into overdrive because of some unfamiliar names for lunch meats.
    Also difficult to tell if he thought she got nervous around strange sandwich meats because she's stupid, or because she's a woman. Surely he thinks a stupid man would have just waited for him to order first and said "That sounds good. Make it two."

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Also difficult to tell if he thought she got nervous around strange sandwich meats because she's stupid, or because she's a woman. Surely he thinks a stupid man would have just waited for him to order first and said "That sounds good. Make it two."
    He probably should have stuck with a sandwich place. Now he's going to have to teach this mere high school graduate how to use a knife, fork, and spoon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    Seriously though, what an elitist ass this guy is.
    Actually he isn't. If one reads the entire article for context.

    Brooks is curiously being railed against for the exact thing he is trying to address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Actually he isn't. If one reads the entire article for context.

    Brooks is curiously being railed against for the exact thing he is trying to address.
    Hopefully he discussed it with her directly and got BOTH explicit confirmation about the cause of what he thought he perceived AND permission from her to discuss this publicly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    Seriously though, what an elitist ass this guy is.
    I wasted my youth going to school forever. Ended up with a Ph.D. And I don't have a clue as to what any of those things are either.

    Calling him an elitist ass is going easy on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    He got HAMMERED for this by his colleagues in the chattering class. Did you see?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.0dabb2358161

    When Is A Sandwich Not Just A Sandwich? | The American Conservative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    He got HAMMERED for this by his colleagues in the chattering class. Did you see?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.0dabb2358161

    When Is A Sandwich Not Just A Sandwich? | The American Conservative
    I did. It's all over Twitter, which is where I picked this up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Also difficult to tell if he thought she got nervous around strange sandwich meats because she's stupid, or because she's a woman. Surely he thinks a stupid man would have just waited for him to order first and said "That sounds good. Make it two."
    I think it's pretty clear he thinks its because she belongs to a different class, with different education levels and different economic opportunties.

    It's a shame that this paragraph detracts from Brooks's overall point, which I think a lot of conservatives (and anyone trying to figure out the Trump phenomenon) would support. Brooks says that those of us in the upper-middle class and above actively work to keep others from joining our ranks. There's always been a cultural divide between the have and have nots--it's not just about money or property. It's about culture and a kind of cultural literacy. His friend lacked cultural literacy that he thought was universal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    I did. It's all over Twitter, which is where I picked this up.
    I think it would be good for you to read Brooks's article but keep that one paragraph. I'd be interested in hearing your reaction to his actual thesis. I'm from an upper-middle class background (I grew up in northern Allegheny County (not quite as chi-chi Mount Lebanon or Upper St. Clair, but close) and I teach at a university known for helping those in impoverished backgrounds make it into the middle class, so the question is important to me.

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