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Dear Jack Michel,

What a mean spirited column you wrote in the latest Independent issue. I have long been a fan of your writing and basically agreed with your thoughts and views but . . . Let me first say that men and women have some very basic differences one of them is their sexual feelings and attitudes, regardless of training, upbringing or nurture vs. nature . . . Heterosexual women can and do have very, very close ties with other females without sexual attraction i.e.; sisters, mother, daughters, etc.

Generally, women have a great need and take great joy in the friendship and camaraderie of other women in their lives. Unlike you, I would not presume to understand why men do not seem to have this same need without sexual attraction. I know, I do know that men have friends but generally it does lack the same level of intimacy and closeness as females.

And lastly, to Classify Gayle King as a sycophant is the vilest of assumptions. Are you saying that rich people cannot have true and honest friendships with people of lesser means? Shame on you for having such narrow views especially when gays have been so sorely judged in the past by people who had no understanding or knowledge of their lives and feelings. I'm outraged!

JOAN GORDON
August 29, 2006

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