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Vive la difference in linguistic styles?
Vive la difference in linguistic styles?

I wasn't surprised by the response to my Tuesday column on the Isla Vista rampage; several readers — more men than women — took issue with my stance that societal attitudes toward women had a role in shaping the killer. But I was surprised that the tone of readers who wrote to disagree differed dramatically by gender: The women's emails were civil and precise; they took pains to be polite. Most of the men resorted to sarcasm and insults, questioning my intelligence as they challenged my perspective. ------------ FOR THE RECORD:Conversation styles: In the June 7 Section A, a column about the difference in conversation styles between men and women misspelled the last name of Times...

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