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Re: [gaypros-392] Optional Survey for next Salon on "Relationship Diversities"- 3/6/13 7:00 p.m.

From: Keith
Sent on: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:20 PM
Can I kindly suggest that those of you who wish to discuss this please set up a Google hang out page or other device instead of replying respond all. Thank you!
On Tue, Feb 26, 2013, at 02:18 PM, Heron Saline wrote:

This kind of survey or test is a model.  By their natures, models are simplifications.  They are not intended to
represent you in detailed accuracy but to locate important and pertinent variables, and when their is an adequate
sample of responses, to identify trends that may deserve further exploration. 

They're kind of annoying, aren't they!?!  I hope there will be a good turn out at the event to balance this great starter
tool and bring nuanced discussion, including parts of our beautiful, complex selves that this survey completely missed,
for our learning and choice-making!!




On 2/26/13 12:37 PM, Duncan Mitchel wrote:
I agree too that the survey was slapdash.  I managed to answer all the questions, but only by picking answers that I wasn't really happy with, from the ones available.  I hope no one will try to draw any conclusions from the results.  This wouldn't keep me away from the meeting -- if anything, it makes me want to attend even more -- but it's too late now for me to arrange to travel.

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Marc Matheson <[address removed]> wrote:
Thank you, Devon, for your reasoned response.
I took the survey and also found it limited; my take is that the questions are superficial, continuing a mainstream materialistic approach based on race, money, politics and other predictably confining parameters.
Is wealth, youth, beauty, exoticism and like-mindedness all that we yearn for? Is there nothing deeper, more profound, meaningful or ultimately transformative in our love quests?
I completed the essay but in the end felt tainted. American society is already enough of a cookie-cutter community, reduced to stereotypes rather than appreciation of the individual. I believe we can do better, that we can improve and change the situation. Throughout history gay people have done so and now, more than ever, are called to do so again.
Marc Matheson.

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