Several days ago, I wrote what I thought was a humorous post called "The Upside Down Reverse Cast." My daughter(32) usually reads most of my stuff and finds it funny. But she took exception to this article in that I had used the word "rape" as if were something like burp or fart. It is never funny she said. Also, she did'nt care for the fact that I had made the girl scout that I had accidentally whispered on a "fat little girl." And she wasn't sure that I should have poked fun at the Girl Scouts of America. All these points are well taken and I deeply apologize. First, rape is never funny and males (most of the Forum) have little concept of what it involves. Picture yourself being accosted from behind and a razor placed at your throat. You are now is fear of your life, very aware that each second may be your last. Then you are dragged into a garage and sodomized over and over. Your jaw is unhinged and most of your hair is torn out. You are beaten savagely until you become unconscious. This is rape. Now, YOU have been raped, and the word will always send terror through your body. So, yes, rape is not funny. I should have used "help." The "fat little girl." I am, myself, fat and I hate it. It does not look good and it is not healthy. I suffer enough from it and I don't need people making fun of fatness. It should have been omitted because it was fatist which is prejustice against fat people. Also, The Girl Scouts of America is a fine orgainization and I admire what they do for children. For some kids, the GSA is the only good thing in their life. Yet, I feel we are far too sensitive about things in this country. In Britain, anything is fair game, the fat, the skinny, women, the royals, the handicapped, homosexuals and the list goes on. Everyone laughs and it seems no one gets offended. British humour is based on the idea that someone experiences indignity but without injury. Insult but no harm. I love their open minds and I find them terribly funny e.g. Monty Python etc. But we don't live in GB and so we must play by our own rules. Again, I am sorry if I offended anyone, and I will renew my efforts to be more sensitive. But it sure does put a crimp in your writing when you are trying to be humorous. Thanks, BOBLAWLESS.