I appreciate the honesty. We Americans definitley measure the rest of the world against our norm: your average white (male) person is 'standard.'
I think that depends upon the language and the culture. When one culture is very powerful and/or ubiquitous, its standards become THE standard.
The real point is that they are arbitrary.
BTW, I don't mind being called non-black, non-Hispanic, non-Asian, non-female. Wouldn't bother me in the least.
@bongani It's arbitrary, like Unseen says. It just happens that cultures in the northern hemisphere above the tropics are white and have made most of the cultural rules, by default. It's been pretty insensitive to other cultures. I'll bet a hard-core Texan would be content not to have to know anything at all about other states, much less other countries and cultures. (Tongue-in-cheek, partly.)
Another arbitrary, nonsense, default rule is that Obama is called "black", even though he's half-white. These labels weren't planned with the rest of the world in mind. (And speaking of "Americans", it's usually used while completely ignoring South Americans.)
I have a fear of becoming phobic. Does that make me phobic?
Yep, you now can call yourself a phobophobic; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobophobia ^^
I am still overwhelmed by heights! High bridges, Top of roofs, last floors on Skyscrapers, thse are no no no's to me!
I just have to watch a video like this and my hands start sweating.
Man dives 35 ft into inflatable kiddie pool with 12" of water:
Why are they cheering?
Large pores as those of a skin disease? Photo please...
I don't think I have any irrational phobias. I'll label my lone phobia as a healthy one~dumbasaphobia~the fear of stupid people.