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Can a question be "full of lies"?

Asked by La_chica_gomela (12537points) August 1st, 2008

For example, “this one” http://www.fluther.com/disc/18645/why-are-american-women-soo-much-larger-than-women-from-other/

The possible reasons listed for flagging an answer include “full of lies,” but that entry is not included for questions. I feel that, in addtion to being incredibly sexist, it is also completely inaccurate based on this information, ”“More men than women were overweight or obese (68.8 percent vs. 61.6 percent in 2001–2002).”
http://epirev.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/29/1/6.pdf” (courtesy nikipedia). Can questions be full of lies? Do you think this one is?

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tinyfaery's avatar

I don’t know if its a lie; its more of a faulty, sexist, premise.

timothykinney's avatar

I usually flag those as “Dumb”.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Upon further reflection, I realized that my question is more complicated than that:

The article nikipedia provided us with only shows that it is a sexist question, not that American women are not fatter than other women worldwide.

However, based on this article which I should have included in the details, “The most recent government national survey, in 2000, found that about 60 percent of men and 64 percent of women were either overweight or obese. In the United States, the (corresponding) figure is about 50 percent for women and 63 percent for men.”

So American women are less fat than Mexican women. Sure, it’s only one country, but every article I could find comparing average overweight and obesity rates of the U.S. compared to other countries, American women and men were either both fatter or both thinner. For example, this article about Great Britain, and this article about South Africa.

The question remains: Can a question be full of lies? And to take it a step further, would singling out women falsely make it a false question or just a bad one?

And is there another question we should be asking, “Why would someone perceive women to be fatter, when it seems that in reality it is the men who are fatter?”

ccatron's avatar

Yes, a question can be “full of lies”. On fluther, a question is everything that the “asker” types in at the top of the thread. If that “asker” chooses to say “you don’t have to breathe to live and your heart serves no purpose, so why do we have them?” I just presented two incorrect facts, so they would indeed be lies.

But, generally, a question is posed because the person doesn’t understand something and that may be the reason why they posted “lies” within their question. So, there’s not much use for the “Full of Lies” flag and I’m sure that’s why it’s not there. On the other hand, some people say things to be offensive, or maybe misleading, knowing that what they are saying is incorrect. But if they don’t know that the question is “full of lies”, then i don’t think it should be flagged as such. We’re here to educate each other.

The good news is, there’s an option for “Something else”. If you honestly feel something is “full of lies”, you can choose this option and type in “full of lies”.

marinelife's avatar

@ccatron Good point. I have sometimes gone the something else route with a flag.

Yes, a question can be full of lies. In this case, it was pretty clear the question was deliberately provocative. I also thought the Fluther community responded well. Even if the questioner cannot be educated out of a POV that he or she is flogging through a question, the subsequent discussions and viewpoints can be interesting.

I did think this question was pretty borderline, because it attacked a group of people pretty directly.

Adina1968's avatar

I think a question in and of itself is not necessarily full of lies but the intention behind asking the question can be deceitful.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Good answer, ccatron! Thank you for answering my question. I realized later than I got really caught up in this one example, and it was the one that provoked the question, but there are plenty of other questions that fit that description for me.

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