Best of the Week
of May 27, 2001

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Here are the most intriguing cross-cultural exchanges either begun or advanced during the week of May 27, 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:

To white females: which racial group's men do you find the next-most attractive after white males, and what is the reason?

POSTED 5/27/2001

James, Damico, CA, United States, 20, Male, Hispanic/Latino, Mesg ID 522200140056

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Question:

What are some factors/issues/beliefs that keep white women and black women from developing close relationships? To thosw who do have a close friendship with a woman of the opposite race, what, if any, were the obstacles you had to overcome? Do you discuss racism together? Do you consider this friend to be your ally? Does/would interracial dating affect your relationship or becoming friends with a white/black woman?

POSTED 5/27/2001

Barbara C., Portland, ME, United States, 24, Female, New Age/Metaphysical, White/Caucasian, Straight, Social Worker, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 522200152041

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Question:

Are there people who wear diapers from infancy to their teens and into adulthood?

POSTED 12/27/1999

Angie, Charleston, SC, United States, <Wynonna@aol.com>, 24, Female, Baptist, White/Caucasian, Straight, High School Diploma, Middle class, Mesg ID 1112199995035


Responses:
There are people who wear diapers all their lives. Some people do it because of medical reasons, some do it as a sexual thing and others do it because they like to wear diapers. I'm 16, and I like to wear diapers and act like a baby, for example, sucking on a pacifier, talking like a baby, sleeping with stuffed animals and sucking my thumb.

POSTED 5/27/2001

Goku S., Taylor, MI, United States, <baby_chibigoku@yahoo.com>, 16, Male, Pagan, Straight, learning disabled, Less than High School Diploma, Middle class, Mesg ID 6242000102601


I'm 33 and have never been out of diapers. When I was about a year old, I developed a tumor in my spine, and as a result of that I've remained in diapers. Not that I want to be, but it has affected my bowels and bladder, and I also suffer with body trembling. If you need more information, feel free to ask.

POSTED 5/27/2001

David Ottowa, Canada, 33, Male, Catholic, White/Caucasian, Straight, High School Diploma, Mesg ID 523200175052

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Question:

I've heard so many high school-age kids complain about being harassed and brutalized by jocks. I saw it a bit at my old high school, though gang members and racist peckerwood types were more of a problem than football players. I myself never had too much trouble with them because I've always been a big, scary dude. However, I was wondering if anyone could share their experiences with jocks. And does the word 'jock' exclusively refer to those who play high school athletics, or is it more of a mentality or a clique?

POSTED 5/3/2001

Dan, Los Angeles area, CA, United States, 22, Male, Pentecostal, Hispanic/Latino, student, 2 Years of College, Lower middle class, Mesg ID 53200184829


Responses:
From my experience, being a 'jock' is a state of mind. I identify jocks as being beer-drinking, buzzed-cut, sports-watching, thick-necked, testosterone-filled, cat-calling (to large-chested blond women exclusively) frat guys. In other words, dumb jocks who don't really know how to behave respectfully around women or anyone else not like them. This is why I believe they usually travel in packs of other jocks just like them. It's a 'group think' mentality in my opinion, which thereby creates the cliques.

POSTED 5/27/2001

Samantha, Tempe, AZ, United States, Female, Mesg ID 525200185628

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Question:

Why are Asian students (Chinese, Korean, etc) most often the highest achievers in school? Throughout my years in school from elementary school all the way to college, the highest GPAs belong to Asian students.

POSTED 5/27/2001

Kelly B., Hempstead, NY, United States, 24, Female, White/Caucasian, Mesg ID 522200153359

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Question: Why are so many Hispanic males and females gay or bisexual?

POSTED 5/27/2001

Kelly B., Hempstead, NY, United States, 24, Female, White/Caucasian, Mesg ID 522200153825

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Question:

Where did the use of the phrase 'Chinese Auction' originate? There is a common use of this term for fund-raisers, usually in non-profits. Can this be associated with some kind of Chinese game, perhaps?

POSTED 5/27/2001

Razor, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, 48, Female, Catholic, Native American/American Indian, Straight, graduate student, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 522200194801

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Question:

I grew up in a predominantly black area, which afforded me a chance to observe another culture. There is one thing I never understood: I see the black community trying hard to get equality (I feel they had it years ago and that the tide is turning, but that's another post). With the leaders of the black community trying so hard, why on earth is Ebonics accepted? Does this not make those who use it seem uneducated and lazy? I don't buy the line that Ebonics is leveling the playing field for African Americans. Is there a reason, besides laziness, that hinders black youths from learning proper grammar? Using Ebonics as a guide, I should have passed Trig with an A; after all, I had a hard time learning trig, so I should have been given an A. The largest thing holding the black community back is the black community, and Ebonics is a perfect example. I grew up in the same surroundings as my friends, went to the same school and had the same breaks. But while they deal crack, I'm making a good living and taking care of my wife and house.

POSTED 5/27/2001

Tracy, Farmington, MI, United States, Male, White/Caucasian, Technical Writer, Technical School, Mesg ID 524200145249

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Question:

I have been told that Italians have some black blood in them, hence the dark, curly hair and darker skin on some of them ... but not all. I am fully aware that all human beings trace their ancestry to Africa, but I'm not talking about the beginning of mankind. I am just curious about Italians' anthropological history, moreover that they once had blonde hair and blue eyes. Does the Carthaginian general Hannibal (247?-183? B.C.) conquering Italy have something to do with their ties to black blood? Furthermore, does it have something to do with the fact that some Italians don't consider themselves white?

POSTED 5/25/2001

Jarrett, Oxford, OH, United States, 19, Male, Black/African American, Straight, Student, 2 Years of College, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 525200112843

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