Best of theWeek
of June 15, 2003
 

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Here are the most intriguing cross-cultural exchangeseither begun or advanced during the week of June 15, 2003, asselected by Y? These postings, as well as "Best of the Week" entriesfrom previous weeks, also can be found by accessing Y?'s databaseusing the search form , or, in the case ofposted before April 24, 1999, in the OriginalArchives (all questions from the Original Archives havebeen entered into the database as well). In the Original Archives, aswell as in the database, you will find questions that have receivedanswers, as well as questions still awaiting responses. You areencouraged to answer any questions relevant to your demographicbackground, as well as to ask any provocative question you desire.Answers posted are not necessarily meant to represent the views of anentire demographic group, but can provide a window into the insightsof an individual from that group.   
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Question:

I'm 15 and gay. I came out of the closet a year ago, and mybest friend was very surprised and kind of stayed away from me for awhile. Six months later we started talking again and now he acts likemy being gay doesn't bother him. Every time we talk on the phone,though, he makes comments like 'shut up faggot' or 'queer.' Itbothers me, but we play around like that - I will now and then callhim 'bitch,' but we're just playing around. Is this normal behavior(e.g. playing around with insults), or is it really derogatory, andshould I tell him to stop?

POSTED 6/15/2003

Josh M., Los Angeles, CA, United States,<ck3vin11@yahoo.com>, 15, Male, Hispanic/Latino (may be anyrace), Student, Less than High School Diploma, Upper middle class,Mesg ID 66200322953

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Question:

Are Americans particularly religious people? I used to thinkthat Americans were mostly secular, but every day I get theimpression that in essence they are not (at least not as much as mostEuropeans and Asians). What role does religion play for Americanstoday? Does this vary from region to region? How does it affect yourview of the world? How does it affect your view of politics?

POSTED 6/15/2003

Karim, Cairo, NA, Egypt, 23, Male, Muslim, Arab, Over 4 Yearsof College, Middle class, Mesg ID 62200322433

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Question:

Why are blacks called bona fide porch monkeys?

POSTED 6/15/2003

Jorge M., NA, NA, Mexico, <mexicandragon431@yahoo.com>,14, Male, Hispanic/Latino (may be any race), Straight, Less than HighSchool Diploma, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 525200344541

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Question:

Why are so many young people filing for disability benefits forsimple cases of depression? Do they think that just because they mayhave a disease that sometimes can be out of control that they don'thave to work anymore? I live with bipolar disorder and still go toschool, work and am a good wife to my husband. Why can't people dealwith this disorder? As long as you are properly medicated, you canlive a normal life.

POSTED 6/15/2003

Randi M., Flint, MI, United States,<randi_lynn_forever@hotmail.com>, 26, Female, Methodist,White/Caucasian, Straight, Bipolar Disorder/Epilesy, Student, 2 Yearsof College, Lower middle class, Mesg ID 5232003121406

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Question:

Do you think it would be appropriate for a white couple to givetheir child a name like Malik, Ahmir, Tariq, Jamal, etc.? Myassumption is that it would not be appropriate and would be offensiveto African Americans, but I would like to know how people ofAfrican-American background would feel if this actually happened.

POSTED 6/15/2003

Carl W., Davis, CA, United States,<originalcarl@hotmail.com>, 22, Male, White/Caucasian, Student,4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 5312003112855

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Question:

I consider myself straight because I'm not attracted to men.However, I have recently found some transsexuals sexually appealing.This is very weird to me. The more feminine they look, the moreattracted I am to them. Especially ones who have enhanced femalefeatures like large breasts, hips or butts, and who look submissive.Does being attracted to transvestites mean you are gay? I have neverbeen with a man and have no desire to. Any answers?

POSTED 6/15/2003

Walt, Tampa, FL, United States, 26, Female, Baptist, MixedRace, Straight, 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID522200353059

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Question:

I am a 15-year-old overweight girl. It pains me in society whenpeople stare at me for no reason or make fun of me with fat jokes. Ihave tried to diet and exercise, but being a dependent teen, I haveno choice about what I eat for dinner, and I have no way ofexercising because of my mother's rules. What am I supposed to doabout that? I have been teased since I was a young child about myweight. My whole family was overweight though my two brothers somehowlost the weight. Any suggestions?

POSTED 6/15/2003

Olivia, Wichita, KS, United States, 15, Female, Pentecostal,Black/African American, Straight, Less than High School Diploma, MesgID 6122003122342

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Question:

Why do straight people have a problem with gay marriage?

POSTED 6/15/2003

Stephen, Mississauga, NA, Canada, Male, White/Caucasian, Gay, 4Years of College, Upper middle class, Mesg ID 613200355637

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