"Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

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Re: "Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

Postby PaulJones202718 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:00 pm

raoullefere wrote:I agree with BenjaminT, too. I suspect Katia didn't try harder to verify Alex's open relationship one way or the other because she didn't really want to. She wanted Alex to be available, and so gave herself 'pleasant answers' (or didn't seek any at all) to help herself get to the place she wanted to be. So now, Toyota!*

And yes, it is bad that Katia didn't pick a more responsible, honest person to have sex with, but I still say that when someone insults you for expressing yourself, that's a clue they're probably not the person you need to try to further that line of self-expression with, no matter how remorseful they are later. Forgive 'em? Sure. But be careful.

And yes, I suppose Katia's learning these things, but ignorance only lets her off so much for her part in arriving at this juncture. So to speak.

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Re: "Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

Postby clif » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:43 pm

Well, there's drama, but it's not really her drama. She had Linda's word there was an open relationship. She made Alex an offer. He accepted and certainly didn't have to. She has no big kick coming from the fact that he was cheating on Linda, but so what? It's really their problem, not hers. There's not a lot there for her that she desperately needs to learn, but there's plenty to take away. Random sex for her isn't necessarily all that. Good to know. People are weak and when tempted, will do things they really know they shouldn't. Good to know. Linda is lying scum. Good to know. As long as she doesn't over-generalize, she's fine.

The interest is in what Alex might learn.
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Re: "Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

Postby Fereshte » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:15 pm

BenjaminT wrote:And here's another thing. For it to be double checking there needs to be a first check. Where's her first check that he's not just a cheater? At what point does she have evidence that he's not a cheater? Kissing her doesn't provide that evidence. His schpeal in class doesn't provide evidence he's not a cheater. His awkwardness after kissing doesn't provide evidence he's not a cheater. While his actions don't preclude an open relationship they also don't preclude simple cheating.


I honestly don't think Katia thought Alex would cheat. It doesn't seem to have crossed her mind even once. Sure, she thought *Linda* might cheat, but she had a vague warning about Linda's reliability. But Alex? In fact, her entire reaction to him was hinged upon the fact that she either believed he never would, or never thought that he would. That may be dangerously naive on her part, but it seems to her that if he kissed her, the only option was that he was in an open relationship. She seems to be of the opinion that if he wasn't, he would have stopped her, and most certainly not kissed her back. She didn't do a first check to see if he was a cheater because she never thought to.

Katia *is* 18, after all. And at 18, there often is this mentality of "it won't happen to me." Sure, I can get into a car accident if I text and drive, but *it won't happen to me.* Sure, a someone could slip a drug into my drink but *it won't happen to me.* Sure, some women get raped, but *it won't happen to me. Likewise, sure, guys use women to cheat, but *it won't happen to me*. This is the dangerous mindset of many young adults, who only learn otherwise after a painful, eye-opening experience. Katia is still of that childlike mentality that bad things don't happen to good people, and that good people don't do bad things. While not all teens have this, there are plenty who do (and even some adults, too. Why do you think so many people struggle to deal with rape?). Katia seems to be one of them. Is that stupid to us, who are older, more experienced, and know better? Yes, but Katia is just learning, and I think she will be genuinely shocked to find that Alex *would* cheat.

The only thing Katia did wrong here was be a little too inexperienced, and a little too trusting--which is a character flaw all of us must be broken of at one time or another. I agree with Helbling:

helbling wrote:
Frankly, I think everyone is reading far, far too much into Katia's thought processes. She is a fresh faced, excitable 18 year old newly allowed out into a mixed gender world and is eager to experience EVERYTHING. Her thought processes were probably no deeper than the following, and even then, probably hasn't used as many words as I have:

-I want to start having sex, but I need my first time to be in a safe environment.
-Alex is hot.
-Alex has a girlfriend and is therefore unavailable.
-Alex is in an open relationship? Do they actually exist?
-Open relationships do exist. So Alex is available for physical stuff.
-Alex apologised and is therefore not a complete jerk.
-Alex kissed me back, so also finds me attractive.
-I have fun when Alex and I hang out, so he's very much an option for my first time.
-Well, that was vaguely disappointing, but I don't want to hurt his feelings.
-WTF? *Confusion*


I think this thought process follows, very closely, what someone of Katia's youth and inexperience would be thinking. Maybe she could read his reactions as awkward or hesitant, but that doesn't mean she would equate them to his cheating. In the end, the blame is 100% on Alex. Yes, Katia was confused, but only Alex is 100% responsible for his part of his relationship. No one can force another to cheat, and Katia is in no way accountable for Alex's fidelity.
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Re: "Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

Postby DDR_Ninja » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:25 pm

While I have to agree that logically, absolutely, the drama rests on the shoulders of Alex and Linda for being the engineers behind this whole circus act... let's face it, when are humans *EVER* just 100% logical and rational when it comes to emotions?

I do agree that Katia deserves none of the drama bomb that is bound to ensue, but I am also convinced that Linda and Alex will force their drama on her somehow. Question is if Candi will make a repeat of her Mama bear performance earlier, via the slut-shaming issue, or if this time she stands back and watches everyone else deal with it. Or, perhaps one or more of the other roomies will fill that role.

Regardless, even though Katia isn't the one who MADE that rotten bed, she did still sleep in it, so she gets dragged into it no matter how much she does or does not deserve it, that's all.

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Re: "Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

Postby Amethyst Shadow » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:18 pm

ShadeTail wrote:
f_sacksen wrote:What warning signs?

1. Candi's warning that Alex could be a dickhead. When someone who knows someone else better than you do warns you about that person, you're a fool if you just blithely dismiss it, even if you ultimately decide that it isn't true.


Being a dick =/= being a liar or cheater. Especially considering she prefaced the dick comment by saying "He usually means well..." in not only the same breath but the same sentence as the dick comment. "He usually means well" is not a comment I generally attribute to someone not to be trusted.

2. Alex slut-shaming her for wanting to do the same thing Linda was doing (or rather, the same thing Linda would have been doing if she and Alex really were in an open relationship). If he really approved of Linda sleeping around, then it's rather strange for him to have a problem with other girls doing it. She actually considered this question briefly, but shoved it away without an answer after he kissed her.


I'll agree that this is a bit of oxymoronic behavior that should have raised a flag to her. But considering her attention was more so focused on being hurt than thinking logically.

3. His nervousness and hesitation around her when she started getting more aggressive (here and here, for instance). She should have wondered why a guy who was allegedly experienced at sleeping around was getting the jitters when a girl threw herself at him.


We, the readers know the true reasons for his nervousness are because his under-developed conscience was bugging him. But Katia had no such insight. As far as she's concerned he could have been nervous because he actually did like her and was anxious about not screwing up their "dates". Speaking from experience, just because you have an open relationship doesn't make meeting/pursuing a potential new partner any less anxiety inducing or awkward than it does for single people. Unless you're fortunate enough to have your girlfriend as your wingman ;)

Katia ignored all of that and jumped to a false conclusion


No she jumped to a conclusion based on bad intel. She didn't ignore anything, she was mislead by both words and behavior.

probably because that was the conclusion she wanted; it got her laid, after all.


Which was her original clearly expressed purpose.

And the big lesson she needs to take away from this is: Talk to your potential bed partners first, rather than just assuming they feel the way you want them to.


Again she was running off of bad intel from sources that should have been reliable. Again it is not her responsibility to grill Alex on whether his relationship is actually open or not. The only tangible reason she had to think Linda might not be being truthful is the word of Linda's boyfriend's ex. That's not what could be considered an unbiased source by any stretch of the imagination. Again WE, the readers, know that Candi's opinion is well founded. However, Katia wasn't there for the train wreck and hasn't been given any of the details by anyone who was involved/witnessed it in person/dealt with the fallout. And again Alex's own behavior not only didn't give her a reason to doubt Linda, but actually reinforced the "fact" that he was in an open relationship.
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Re: "Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

Postby ShadeTail » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:57 pm

Amethyst Shadow wrote:Being a dick =/= being a liar or cheater. Especially considering she prefaced the dick comment by saying "He usually means well..." in not only the same breath but the same sentence as the dick comment. "He usually means well" is not a comment I generally attribute to someone not to be trusted.

You are leaving off the "but" that followed the comment. The qualifier makes this warning pretty clear. It should have been enough for Katia to be more careful around Alex.

EDIT: Or, to put it another way, Candi's warning could be rephrased as: "He's not malicious about it, but he still tends to be a serious jerk." You would really consider someone described that way to be trustworthy? I wouldn't.


Amethyst Shadow wrote:I'll agree that this is a bit of oxymoronic behavior that should have raised a flag to her. But considering her attention was more so focused on being hurt than thinking logically.

So we definitely agree that it was a red flag that she ignored for some reason. More on that later.


Amethyst Shadow wrote:We, the readers know the true reasons for his nervousness are because his under-developed conscience was bugging him. But Katia had no such insight.

That is simply not relevant. She still should have noticed it and wondered what it meant.


Amethyst Shadow wrote:No she jumped to a conclusion based on bad intel. She didn't ignore anything, she was mislead by both words and behavior.

You acknowledged the exact opposite up above. You agreed that the slut-shaming incident should have raised a red flag. And the fact is, so should the rest of his behavior and Candi's warning. Any one of those alone could be brushed off as something else. All of them together paint a very clear picture, and Katia ignored it all.
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Re: "Because Linda Told Me So" Jan 10/2012

Postby gangler » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:57 pm

Amethyst Shadow wrote:
ShadeTail wrote:
f_sacksen wrote:What warning signs?

1. Candi's warning that Alex could be a dickhead. When someone who knows someone else better than you do warns you about that person, you're a fool if you just blithely dismiss it, even if you ultimately decide that it isn't true.


Being a dick =/= being a liar or cheater. Especially considering she prefaced the dick comment by saying "He usually means well..." in not only the same breath but the same sentence as the dick comment. "He usually means well" is not a comment I generally attribute to someone not to be trusted.

An introduction that states that his benevolent intentions aren't reflected in his actions is exactly the kind of thing I'd generally attribute to someone not to be trusted, but I can see how Katia wouldn't pick up on that.
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