I have to agree, though... I'd like to think he didn't actually mean to come across as if it truly was his sole focus, but then again, perhaps that's just my inability to truly take offense to something in print. It's hard to know a stranger's meaning, and I'm definitely not a mind reader :)
But in future, I would encourage Michael to re-read and look a little more closely at how his responses might come off... if not to worry about how he might offend others, to worry about how he is presenting himself as an individual.
I'm leaning towards Asperger's Syndrome or something along those lines, myself. I'm not sure Michael is aware of how offensive many of his word choices are. I'm hoping that repetition may help him out with that somewhat, such as my analysis of his personals profile, in another thread somewhere around here.
Even if he doesn't understand why it's offensive, he can pick up the patterns eventually, perhaps. He's definitely not stupid, despite his social issues.
What did I say that was so terrible? So, I asked to see a picture of a girl who probably will never meet me in person, so it was a waste of my time to ask. So, I'm on a bowling league sponsored by the columbus young professions club, and women there will be seen and everyone will know how fat or skinny they are. Nu, and online women can hide themselves so nobody knows how fat they are, and we are supposed to just politely pretend a person's weight doesn't matter. And I work at a grocery store and all covers of the women's magazines at the checkout lanes all say things like "loose 12 pounds in 2 weeks... never mind that the max. amount of weight you can loose ina day is 7-8 ounces and if you loose any more you will be dehydrated or damage your muscles. So, on ok cupid or a dating website, why should I risk conversing with a girl for awhile only to find out she weighs too much, why not just get the weight out of the way right away so I know whether the woman is ok or whether I should move on to someone else? And you know what else? My mother is obese, 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 x my weight, and any girl who is too fat, I'll just think she is too similar to my mother. You can't date your mother.
I like your picture; it's very pretty. Cute dog.
Ooh, and a Mac person, too! Bonus!
So what are your long-term ambitions?
As far as long term goals, I want to be the most accomplished individual I can be. But more specifically, I want to be published. I love writing, and I am working on a novel at the moment. (and I always have several short stories in the works).
As far as other goals go... I'm still deciding. Finishing my degree is definitely one, financing just wasn't there the first time around. But hoping with a little aid from scholarships I'll rectify that in the next year. I'll probably always be a student of some sort, even if it's on my own... I love learning.
And Thank You for the compliment! Also, I think my dog is cute as well... smallest one I've ever had, but she's absolutely adorable.
Plus, when you say things like that...
Well, you start playing on a woman's insecurities... whether they are thin or heavier, they still have them. Even if you didn't mean it so, it has negative connotations.
And they will associate the negative emotion that it causes with you.
In short, you make us self-conscious and we feel bad.
That's the sort of thing I've been working with him about, yes. He seems to be completely unaware that there are neutral ways of phrasing things. Many of his word choices seem to be the negative side of things, and then to express the positive aspect, he uses the offensive word and applies a negative modifier to it.
The thread I was talking about before is over here. He's updated his profile since I did my commentary on it, but I'm sure the language of the new one could still use a bit of massaging. I haven't gotten back to it, yet.
Ah, well... admittedly, I didn't take the time to read his profile, but from the excerpts you included, I can say I agree. He truly doesn't realize how negative he makes himself sound, ergo he's not concerned with making the phrasing more neutral.
You seem to have a good angle on things though, he could do to utilize the help you've offered :)