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Jun. 18th, 2009 | 03:15 pm
posted by: flamingruby in alt_worlds

So yesterday morning to answer a daily question on my writing blog, the question, concerning gestures, was this:

"What gestures are insulting? What do they mean? Do some gestures differ in meaning depending on the culture or time (example: the American "V" for victory sign, which became the peace sign, is/was highly insulting in Europe)?"

So I thought for a moment and came up with this answer:

"Crossing ones fingers does not mean hoping for luck in Sekiya--it is a gesture wishing a curse on those that see it, (akin to the middle finger on Earth)"

Then when I checked for comments some hours later, I get one saying that my answer was "infantile"...so now I'm wondering if I just need to delete that answer and answer the question again, or leave it as it is.

Thoughts?

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Kate

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from: noir_shiroi
date: Jun. 18th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Commenting on someone else's imagination is infantile. Don't let it bother you.

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flamingruby

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from: flamingruby
date: Jun. 18th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, I left it up after no one else objected to what I wrote, and then clarified it in today's entry.

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Kim Arcadi Moon

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from: 7kim_moon
date: Jun. 18th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
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You used your imagination and answered in a thoughtful way ... what is infantile about that?

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flamingruby

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from: flamingruby
date: Jun. 18th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
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good point.

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whimsical_pixie

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from: whimsical_pixie
date: Jun. 19th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
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Don't let it bother you. Any insulting gesture can be called "infantile" by people who think they're above doing such things.

Also, some things you can think about to add-
Does spitting mean anything? Is it insulting to spit on a statue or in the middle of a conversation or in other context? (In one of my cultures it's perfectly acceptable to spit on a statue's feet, but you never spit on its face)
What about sticking your tongue out at someone or the little Japanese expression often seen in anime where you pull your bottom eyelid down and stick your tongue out at the same time?
Even looking into a person's eyes when you talk to them. In America it's considered attentive and desirable, but in Japan it can be taken as too agressive or rude like you're trying to stare the person down.

Just some things to get you thinking. Good luck. You're doing fine!

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flamingruby

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from: flamingruby
date: Jun. 19th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Hm, I might extend the topic of gestures with those ideas--thanks!

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from: alishenai
date: Jun. 20th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
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I think you answer was fine.

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