She asked Gramsci what he thought of it all. Was the threat of plugging his larynx with his genitalia to prevent him whistling a little over the top? Might some Maoist "re-education" programme be a better strategy? Why did the perpetrator feel the need to remind everyone that he could expel air through his mouth, too?
"Maybe he meant it as a compliment," shrugged Gramsci. Shrugging with eight legs requires sophisticated co-ordination, and Carnivorous Cow always enjoyed the sight. But she didn't understand. "A compliment is meant to make the recipient feel good, surely?" she asked. "Not violent and aggressive towards the perpetrator? Surely that's not the effect he wanted? So why embark on a strategy doomed to fail?"
Gramsci shrugged again. "He probably didn't think about it too much. Robin Williams famously remarked that men had been given brains and genitalia, but only sufficient blood to run one at a time. Maybe the other system was operational at the time."
Carnivorous Cow thought about that. For many people on Campus, brains were not required at all during the execution of their work - in fact, for many, they were under strict orders to leave the at home. She could understand then that this unused blood supply found its way to other areas of the body - despite this being outlawed by numerous policies and rules. But the interpretation and application of policy often required the brain to function, and this contradiction was overlooked by the procedures.
"Perhaps," she suggested timorously, "it might be a better idea to allow them to think?"