Best of the Week
of April 29, 2001

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Here are the most intriguing cross-cultural exchanges either begun or advanced during the week of April 29, 2001, as selected by Y? These postings, as well as "Best of the Week" entries from previous weeks, also can be found by accessing Y?'s new database using the search form, or, in the case of answers posted before April 24, 1999, in the Original Archives (all questions from the Original Archives have been entered into the new database as well). In the Original Archives and the new database, you will find questions that have received answers, as well as questions still awaiting responses. You are encouraged to answer any questions relevant to your demographic background, as well as to ask any provocative question you desire. Answers posted are not necessarily meant to represent the views of an entire demographic group, but can provide a window into the insights of an individual from that group.

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Question:

Why do black men look good in purple suits, but white men look like dorks?

POSTED 4/29/2001

P Ryan, Harrow, NA, Canada, Mesg ID 429200143709


Responses:
Someone will probably try and post some response about coloring of the skin being complimentary or not, so let me try and stop such nonsense before it starts. The best way to answer your question is to say that most men look good in suits. It may be that you have had more instance to notice a black man in a purple suit, a rare experience on the whole, because some black men will tend to wear colored suits to stand out in a crowd. Being originally from Louisiana, where purple is one of the official state colors, I've had a chance to see several men of both races in purple suits. The better-looking the man, the better-looking the suit.

POSTED 5/2/2001

Amanda, Boston, MA, United States, 21, Female, Baptist, Black/African American, Straight, 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 51200151136

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Question:

Why do most guys discriminate against gay guys but not lesbians?

POSTED 5/1/2001

Jennifer M., Central Square, NY, United States, 15, Female, Catholic, White/Caucasian, Straight, Less than High School Diploma, Middle class, Mesg ID 51200153929

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Question:

I am an African-American woman with naturally long hair, slightly above my waist. I wash my hair nearly every day, and shave. Why is it that other black women don't shave or wash their hair often? I've heard from other women that daily hair washing strips the scalp of natural oils, but that is untrue. Hair is hair and requires daily washing, just like every other part of the body. It seems like most black women have short hair, but maybe if they wash it it will grow.

POSTED 5/2/2001

Kimberly, Austin, TX, United States, 27, Female, Muslim, Black/African American, Straight, housewife, 2 Years of College, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 512001102154

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Question:

Why are Americans so despised in Arabic-speaking countries?

POSTED 4/30/2001

Jackie, Chicago, IL, United States, <vegemate@yahoo.com>, 43, Female, Christian, Asian, Straight, Clerk, 2 Years of College, Lower middle class, Mesg ID 430200153857

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Question:

New York City is undoubtedly one of the most diverse places in the world. Every race, religion, ethnicity and culture imaginable calls the Big Apple home, so I don't understand why it seems to be so racially segregated and has so much racial tension. I find it more perplexing being that NYC has ALWAYS been this way. How long ago was the Southern black migration? How long ago was the great Irish and Jewish immigration? I'd think with this being nothing new, people would have learned by now to tolerate and accept each other. POSTED 4/29/2001

Lisa, Gaithersburg, MD, United States, Female, Mesg ID 429200132650

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Question:

To parents: What do you think of 'puppy love' among teenagers?

POSTED 4/28/2001

ann, papar, MA, Malaysia, 19, Female, Catholic, Asian, student, High School Diploma, Mesg ID 428200184956

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Question:

Is it true that Hassidic Jews must have a sheet between them (with a hole cut in it) while having sexual intercourse? If so, why?

POSTED 4/17/2001

SingleWF, New York, NY, United States, Female, White/Caucasian, Mesg ID 417200121836

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Question:

I'm a 17-year-old bisexual girl. I'm definitely not 'butch' - I'm very feminine. However, I seem to have what would be characterized as very 'gay male' characteristics.' I love drag queens and all things campy, I love showtunes, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, all the gay icons. Is there a name for someone like me? Like a slang expression or something? I know a 'fag hag' is a straight woman who has a lot of gay male friends, but what would I be considered?

POSTED 4/27/2001

Jacqueline, New York, NY, United States, 17, Female, Catholic, White/Caucasian, Bisexual, actress, High School Diploma, Middle class, Mesg ID 426200152128


Responses:
I don't know the word for it, but I am the same as you. I just call myself a fag hag. I don't think all fag hags are straight.

POSTED 5/1/2001

Carlotta, Sydney, NA, Australia, 24, Female, White/Caucasian, Bisexual, 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 427200151030

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