presence trumps absence>>
being present is greater than being absent. >> writing is secondary to thought and speaking.
in writing, you no longer have to remember things, but you can store them.
>>misunderstanding would come through the way it is communicated (written, spoken)
meaning can only be defined by what it is not.
notion of absence is the foundation of why we have language in the first place. if it can stick to nothing, it is the privileged thing.
present: implicitly male
absence: implicitly female
in terms of physicality – males are highly visible in physical make up, women are not.