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    Sep 10, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    Yeah this is a thread about race, but hopefully one that will generate a different discussion than before.

    I've picked up on a few people referring to themselves as 100% Italian when they are trying to attract someone or when they are explaining their identity. Not just in Italians, but I see it most commonly within the Italian community, because there are a lot of Italians in my area.

    Now I understand why people like to identify with their culture. In fact, around here, many people will ask what someone's background is out of interest. But I have to wonder, what's the big deal with the percentage? Would it make a difference to anyone is someone was less than 100% of a certain race? I know people have their preferences, but is <100% a deal breaker?

    This happened to me once when I was with a guy who stopped making out with me to tell me "You know, I'm 100% Arab." I didn't really know how to react to that, but I assumed he was expecting an enthusiastic response, so I played along and then continued. It was really random though. There was no need to try and entice me. The interest was clear.

    (Geez, why are my romantic encounters awkward?)
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    Sep 10, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    I've actually never heard anyone refer to themselves as 100% anything. It definitely doesn't matter to me. I could care less about percentage of this nationality and that one.
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    Sep 10, 2013 9:33 PM GMT
    100% masc
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    Sep 10, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    These people probably associate certain character features to their heritage.
    eg. Italians are "known" to be romantic, voluble, food lovers, flirty, etc. So maybe they see these characteristics as attractive and when to put them forward.

    Who knows... maybe Arabs are supposedly good in bed *ahem* explosive *ahem* (I AM KIDDING!).
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    Sep 10, 2013 11:40 PM GMT
    Slim2010 saidI've actually never heard anyone refer to themselves as 100% anything. It definitely doesn't matter to me. I could care less about percentage of this nationality and that one.


    +1 I don't get it either.
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    Sep 11, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    go_dreaming saidYeah this is a thread about race, but hopefully one that will generate a different discussion than before.

    I've picked up on a few people referring to themselves as 100% Italian when they are trying to attract someone or when they are explaining their identity. Not just in Italians, but I see it most commonly within the Italian community, because there are a lot of Italians in my area.

    Now I understand why people like to identify with their culture. In fact, around here, many people will ask what someone's background is out of interest. But I have to wonder, what's the big deal with the percentage? Would it make a difference to anyone is someone was less than 100% of a certain race? I know people have their preferences, but is <100% a deal breaker?

    This happened to me once when I was with a guy who stopped making out with me to tell me "You know, I'm 100% Arab." I didn't really know how to react to that, but I assumed he was expecting an enthusiastic response, so I played along and then continued. It was really random though. There was no need to try and entice me. The interest was clear.

    (Geez, why are my romantic encounters awkward?)
    Ya know, that's so interesting. I've noticed that guys that claim to be 100% of something are almost always Italian. Specifically, Italian Americans. Next would be the guys claiming to be 100% Irish.

    I think it's ok to have some pride in one's heritage. But come on, there are some limits.
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    Sep 11, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    go_dreaming saidYeah this is a thread about race, but hopefully one that will generate a different discussion than before.

    I've picked up on a few people referring to themselves as 100% Italian when they are trying to attract someone or when they are explaining their identity. Not just in Italians, but I see it most commonly within the Italian community, because there are a lot of Italians in my area.

    Now I understand why people like to identify with their culture. In fact, around here, many people will ask what someone's background is out of interest. But I have to wonder, what's the big deal with the percentage? Would it make a difference to anyone is someone was less than 100% of a certain race? I know people have their preferences, but is <100% a deal breaker?

    This happened to me once when I was with a guy who stopped making out with me to tell me "You know, I'm 100% Arab." I didn't really know how to react to that, but I assumed he was expecting an enthusiastic response, so I played along and then continued. It was really random though. There was no need to try and entice me. The interest was clear.

    (Geez, why are my romantic encounters awkward?)
    Ya know, that's so interesting. I've noticed that guys that claim to be 100% of something are almost always Italian. Specifically, Italian Americans. Next would be the guys claiming to be 100% Irish.

    I think it's ok to have some pride in one's heritage. But come on, there are some limits.


    In New York, NJ, PA, MA I can DEFINITELY see LOTS of 100% Italian, 100% Irish, 100% Chinese, 100% Russian (although I'm not)
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    Sep 11, 2013 2:52 PM GMT
    I'm 100% sure being Italian and German is a bad combination.
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    Sep 11, 2013 9:49 PM GMT
    somersault saidIn New York, NJ, PA, MA I can DEFINITELY see LOTS of 100% Italian, 100% Irish, 100% Chinese, 100% Russian (although I'm not)
    It must be really great to be able to know someone's exact ethnic heritage just by looking at them. Are you one of the X-Men?
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    Sep 11, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    Im 100% gay and 25% straight and 1% lesbian.