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  • It's wrong to date and have children with other races

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  • It depends on the race

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  • Interracial couples and children are completely acceptable to me

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    re: Are interracial couples acceptable?[ W: 330]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post

    I definitely think we'll see more mixing, and I don't think that is a bad thing.

    However, it is probably a bit soon to be announcing the "death of race" here. If such a thing were to happen at all, it would only happen gradually, over the course of several millenia of sustained inter-breeding.
    I'm not really announcing the death of race at any time in the near future, but I do think that eventually, it will be a non-issue, because it will have all but disappeared. I couldn't care less either way, as my own views on who I prefer have nothing to do with race, and everything to do with important factors such as intellect, disposition, and character, but people tend to find interest in, and fascination with, those who are different from themselves. Why do you think American men tend to refer to Asian or darker-skinned women as "exotic"? It's because they differ from the norm It's attractive because it is opposite. If I had been captive to an old native American tribe, I would have been highly prized for my pale skin, blonde hair, and green eyes.

    All of my life, it has typically been men with dark hair, dark eyes, and/or dark skin, who are attracted to me. This isn't surprising in the least.
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    re: Are interracial couples acceptable?[ W: 330]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I am not seeking to destroy anything at all. It's the direction that we will move toward by nature. People are attracted by differences, not sameness, which is one of the reasons we see an increase in interracial mixes nowadays. Not only are they more socially acceptable and accessible- they are also natural.

    It makes no difference to me that you want to hang on tooth and nail to whatever makes you more comfortable, but when it comes to love and attraction, people don't base it on good genetic pairing. It's a much more spontaneous act than that.
    Actually, people are attracted to similarity, according to most of the research I've read. Interracial marriage is up because it used to be illegal.... then it was still taboo for many years. Inevitably, it would bounce up to a stable level.

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    re: Are interracial couples acceptable?[ W: 330]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    All of my life, it has typically been men with dark hair, dark eyes, and/or dark skin, who are attracted to me. This isn't surprising in the least.

    You sound like one of those people who've been led to believe that race is only skin deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Actually, people are attracted to similarity, according to most of the research I've read. Interracial marriage is up because it used to be illegal.... then it was still taboo for many years. Inevitably, it would bounce up to a stable level.
    The similarity is more likely culture, not looks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverDad View Post
    You sound like one of those people who've been led to believe that race is only skin deep.
    It is. Culture determines how we are, our values, our propensities, etc. Skin color has nothing to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverDad View Post
    You sound like one of those people who've been led to believe that race is only skin deep.
    Because it is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    It is. Culture determines how we are, our values, our propensities, etc. Skin color has nothing to do with it.
    There's nothing that you could do to me to transform me into a liberal. People become what their natures lead them to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverDad View Post
    There's nothing that you could do to me to transform me into a liberal. People become what their natures lead them to be.
    Frankly, I have no desire to transform you into anything. What you are is your own issue, not mine.
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    re: Are interracial couples acceptable?[ W: 330]

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    The similarity is more likely culture, not looks.
    Not really. Summing up what I've read on the subject, typically a woman will marry a man who resembles her father, and a man will marry a woman who resembles his mother in some way.

    Something about how we imprint on certain features, gestures, etc at an early age and that helps determine what we find attractive.

    Needless to say, there are exceptions to the rule. In my own family, I have Iranians, Brazilians, Italians, Swedes, Fins, Danes, and Americans. My last girlfriend was Chinese American. However, MOST people are attracted to likeness.

    Now, that said, research also suggests that we are attracted to people who have immunity genes that differ from ours. This has nothing to do with race, though, as an interracial couple can have similar genes in this regard while two blonde-haired, blue eyed people can have very different genes. It's actually supposedly random.

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    re: Are interracial couples acceptable?[ W: 330]

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Because it is!
    Let me broaden your horizons.

    Breast cancers are not all the same in how they develop. One key difference is found in Estrogen Receptors:


    Receptors for the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are another key personality feature of breast cancer.

    These receptors are the eyes and ears of the breast cells, getting messages sent by the hormones and figuring out what to do with these messages. The hormones will tell the receptors to stimulate or "turn on" breast cell growth. Estrogen and progesterone can increase both normal and abnormal breast cell growth.

    If a tumor is estrogen-receptor positive (ER-positive), it is more likely to grow in a high-estrogen environment. ER-negative tumors are usually not affected by the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body. This is one time when hearing the word "positive" may really mean something good.

    As ER-positive cancers are more likely to respond to anti-estrogen therapies. If you have an ER-positive cancer, you may respond well to tamoxifen (Nolvadex), a drug that works by blocking the estrogen receptors on the breast tissue cells and slowing their estrogen-fuelled growth


    The question that needs to be asked is whether there is population variance seen for the distribution of ER+ and ER- breast cancers.


    Estrogen Receptor Breast Cancer Phenotypes in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Database

    ERN was correlated with premenopausal disease, black race, and poor prognostic factor groups, whereas ERP was associated with postmenopausal disease, white race, and favorable tumor characteristics.


    Oh oh, there is population variance. Now the question shifts to "what does this mean?"


    Black women may be at increased risk for aggressive, difficult-to-treat triple-negative breast cancer, independent of their age and weight, researchers found.

    Tumors that did not express estrogen or progesterone receptors or HER2 were three times more common among black women than among white women (P=0.0001), Carol L. Rosenberg, M.D., of Boston University Medical Center, and colleagues reported online in Breast Cancer Research.

    The effect of race or ethnicity in the single center cohort did not vary with age and body mass index, suggesting that triple-negative disease "likely contributes to black women's unfavorable breast cancer prognosis," the researchers said.

    Black women in the U.S. have an overall lower risk of developing breast cancer overall than their white peers, but their cancers are diagnosed at a higher stage, with a greater risk of recurrence and worse prognosis.

    Prior studies have found a higher rate of triple-negative breast cancer in minorities including blacks. . . .

    Overall, 20% of the women had triple-negative tumors while 72% expressed estrogen, progesterone, or both types of receptors. Some 13% were HER2 positive.

    However, triple-negative breast cancer was not evenly distributed among racial and ethnic groups. Black women had a 30% rate of these aggressive tumors compared with just 11% to 13% in the other groups.

    In a multivariate regression analysis, triple-negative status was three times more likely among black than white women (95% confidence interval 1.6 to 5.4).

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