Best of the Week
of Oct. 3, 2004

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Here are the most intriguing cross-cultural exchanges either begun or advanced during the week of Oct. 3, 2004, 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 database using the search form , or, in the case of posted before April 24, 1999, in the Original Archives (all questions from the Original Archives have been entered into the database as well). In the Original Archives, as well as in the 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 don't many women seem to mind being touched by a gay man in ways that would get a straight man slapped?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Steve M., Chattanooga, TN, United States, 42, Male, White/Caucasian, Straight, contractor, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 1032004104650

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Question:

I am Latina and have dated outside my race, particularly black males. I have never been mistreated by blacks; as a matter of fact, I received nothing but positive vibes. The opposite happened from people from my own community: I was criticized, harassed and called names. It makes me pretty sad to admit that. What have been other Latino men and women's experiences?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Raquel, Gary, IN, United States, 31, Female, Catholic, Hispanic/Latino (may be any race), Straight, Secretary/College Student, Over 4 Years of College, Mesg ID 103200440437

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Question:

Why do black people tend to potty-train their children very early, and white people tend to train them very late?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Lynn, Memphis, TN, United States, Female, Mesg ID 103200494904

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Question:

Why do certain religions feel the need to do door to door 'recruiting' or teaching? And why, when you tell them you aren't interested in their information, do they insist on continuing?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Leann, Crown Point, IN, United States, 27, Female, Agnostic, White/Caucasian, Straight, Technical School, Lower middle class, Mesg ID 9282004101231

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Question:
 
Why do lower-class people who drop out of school and say 'there's no brains in my family' think that education is not for them? Everybody has a talent, so why do they assume they have no brains just because they are poor?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Eoin M., Bridgeport, CT, United States, 20, Male, Atheist, White/Caucasian, Straight, student, 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 102200482349

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Question:

It seems that in America, black people are crazy about Chinese food. I live in France and this is not the case, and my British friends say they have never noticed it. What are the cultural reasons (if any) behind this affinity for Chinese food?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Tom I., Paris, NA, France, 34, Male, White/Caucasian, Straight, professor, Over 4 Years of College, Mesg ID 9282004115736

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Question:

Why do so many old people drive Buicks? I just don't get it. There are lots more luxurious cars if that's what they like, but it's always Buicks. What's up with that?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Hermione, Birmingham, AL, United States, 34, Female, Agnostic, White/Caucasian, Straight, IT, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 929200435325

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Question:

I just started work with a company, and although I graduated with honors from high school and college, I was presumed stupid and in need of remedial training by just about everyone in the office. My company also just hired a Caucasian guy. He receives all the attention and training, though our backgrounds are similiar and I may even have an edge on him. I find that my work is very remedial - almost secretarial - and my supervisor treats me as if I'm an idiot. I feel as if I am the butt of office cruelty. My family always taught me if I worked hard and became educated, everything would work out. But they failed to prepare me for this horror. I could leave, but what example would I be setting? Martin Luther King Jr. didn't give up when the going got tough, and neither did all the others who gave up their lives and comfort so I could sit here and complain. I am pursuing a double MBA and I'm wondering if it will pay off. Any comments would be helpful.
POSTED 10/3/2004
Honey, Chicago, IL, United States, <honeyis5268@yahoo.com>, 23, Female, Black/African American, Straight, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 929200455934

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Question:

My friends and I are always curious about what kind of Asian girls foreigners think are beautiful. Can someone give me specific characteristics, no matter outer or inner qualities?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Ying-Yao, Miami, FL, United States, 24, Female, Asian, Straight, student, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 929200462313

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Question:

Why do people's voices change as they age beyond 70?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Terry R., Phoenix, AZ, United States, 55, Male, New Age/Metaphysical, White/Caucasian, Straight, Sales, 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 929200481817

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Question:

Is it true that people living in a warmer country tend to be lazy and less productive in their work? Why?
POSTED 10/3/2004
Jenny F., Sunny Isles, FL, United States, 26, Female, Asian, Student, Over 4 Years of College, Middle class, Mesg ID 930200413311

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