Thank god for Delete. No, it's not gone -- thar Interwebz have it forever somewhere, but hopefully the nastiness will fall out of my e-mail sometime soon. And I will never again post outside of my small group of friends here.
It is amazing how many people think that being utterly nasty to someone is a great way to encourage better thinking. It's not a gender thing, both sides are equally guilty of this. If you want to raise the standard of conversation, be part of that change.