The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: So what's this whole Race and Gender thing all about....« on: July 16, 2015, 09:58:53 pm »
It's all very well and good to say that people shouldn't treat us differently or that social status and opportunities shouldn't be based on these superficial traits, but we are living in the world as it is, not as it should be, and we are having the experiences that we do.
On top of that, even if the world were fair, why not enjoy the differences around you?
I spent the first 11 years of my life surrounded by people with almost identical appearances. Everyone was Scots/Irish. I am not joking when I say that as a small child, I thought Black and Hispanic people were make believe, because I only ever saw them on Sesame Street (which also gave me some interesting expectations, years later). I can't describe how dreary that is...By which I mean, there was only one culture, and nothing local was feeding into it. It was a culture that had only three meaningful interruptions in two centuries (WWI, WWII, the advent of television).
Just moving from Newfoundland to Ontario was a hell of a step up. Moving to the states was like moving to another world.
Totally! I mean, one of the reasons I like white guys is the skin-in-skin contrast, which is also true of guys who are much darker than I am. Looking around and seeing a lot of people who look different is visually appealing. It's pretty. If appreciating that makes me shallow, then I guess I'm shallow.
Well ive heard stories that being attracted to "exotic people" (read: those different than yourself) has some basis on seeking to enrich the gene pool and explains why foreigners are more attractive when they are indeed foreigners than how attractive they were at their homeland. But this is pseudo-biology im talking about.
So besides the hypothetical gene enrichment, theres the cultural and intellectual enrichment... ive been to a lot of places with a lot of people, and after a while you start seeing how customs and ideas are just stupid inertia most of the time, opening a whole new perspective on things.