Ashton.: Dear Non-Asian People: Yes, fetishizing Asian people is racist.

lightspeedsound:

flyawayelectricsheep:

lightspeedsound:

Apparently, this is still being debated. But let me outline it for you again:

1.  There’s a history of making “Asians” (as in, “people with dark hair, almond shaped eyes, whose ethnic background comes from one bigass continent) into one homogenous group. This is super racist, because, let’s be real here: despite what you learned in 7th grade geography, Asia is a big ass and diverse CONTINENT. NOT. A. COUNTRY.

2. In fact, if we want to be technical here, “Asia” includes parts of Russia and Turkey. Two countries which are definitely not grouped with the traditional “Asian” category. Why? Because they don’t look like a stereotypical Asian. And also, South east Asians (i.e.: Indians and other desi people) are considered Asian as well. Only, they’re distinguished and not what people automatically think of when they say “Asian.”  Sort of like how Eastern Europeans are considered Europeans but also somehow not. 

3. And while we’re on the topic, what are you fetishizing here? Because, as an Asian woman, I’ve heard really fucking racist/stereotyping “compliments” around three things: 

  • my eyes
  • my skin
  • my hair

And to be frank, saying “Oh hey, I love your eyes. They are so exotic” is no better (and actually, arguably, historically and politically more offensive) than a cis-gendered dude saying “Oh hey, I love your tits. They’re so womanly.” Because, bitch, who are you to define what “womanly” means? 

4. So then there’s also the ideology surrounding Asians and Asian fetishes.  For women, it’s all about “Oh, how submissive and light skinned and exotic, like having my own geisha kung fu princess jasmine harem girl all in one!”  Which is absolutely fucking ridiculous because it is like saying, “Oh yay, I get my own spicy señorita french kissing german milkmaid swedish model all in one!” Bitch. We. Be. Different. 

5. And also, let’s be real here: If your “fascination with Asian culture” basically means “I watch a lot of anime and masturbate to hentai and wish I I had a cute schoolgirl/effeminate school boy of my own to tie up,” you don’t have a fascination with Asian culture. I mean, for one, there IS NO homogenous Asian culture. For two, even if there was, there is no way that fucking Sailor Moon would be a cultural relic of said ethnic group. I am sorry, it is hilarious, but there is no way you can tell me that it’s somehow a gateway into the mysterious and exotic world of the Orient. 

6. That last sentence was sarcasm, by the way. Never ever use any of the adjectives I just listed above unless you want to get bitchslapped. No, not roundhouse kicked. We Asians reserve that shit for bigger issues.

7.  And Asian culture isn’t just sushi or kung pao chicken or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Like I said, saying “Asian Culture” is like saying “European culture.” What the fuck does that even mean?  Then again, maybe this is a bad analogy for Americans. I’m pretty sure that we’ve been conditioned to believe that every single European ever will speak fluent English in a French or British accent. Always. 

8.  That being said: fetishization is objectification.  It’s putting an ENTIRE ETHNIC GROUP (which, by the way, shouldn’t even be grouped together in the first place because IT REPRESENTS A HUGE ASS CONTINENT OF DIVERSE PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS) into one tiny little box and saying, “I like you because of my preconceived notions about what your culture and appearance should be.  I find it sexually exciting that you have a list of characteristics which are not only inaccurate, but also steeped in racism and oppression.”  

…So, long story short: Even if you think you’re flattering me, if you have an Asian fetish, YOU. ARE. BEING. RACIST.

If you are not part of said ethnic group: there is no such thing as a positive racial stereotype. 

This made me laugh because in the gay community there’s a tremendous number of Asian who REFUSE to date other Asians and will only date non-Asian men. How is this any different than non-Asians fetishizing Asians? In DC there’s a whole group called AQUA for gay Asians. As soon as someone brings around his new white boyfriend ohhhmyygodd the cat fighting and jealousy. Racism and fetishism exist in all communities, races, and societies. 

….You clearly have no idea what you are talking about and also need to look up terms like “internalized racism.”

Quite frankly, there is no way you can compare the pressure that Asians have in Western Society to NOT date other Asians.  Dating other Asians is promptly met with questions like, “Oh, so your parents set you up?” “Aww, so you guys speak to each other in Chinese, right?” “Oh, how big is his dick?” and “Oh, I bet you get up to all sorts of kinky Oriental shit, right?” 

Versus, the question I get for dating a white man? “Oh, so like, your parents don’t mind? THAT’S SO PROGRESSIVE.” 

That’s right: Dating a white person is seen as progressive. DATING SOMEONE OF MY OWN RACE IS SEEN AS RACIST AND ANTIQUATED.

Oh look, a big bitch slap of ironic reality.

PS: I notice you sort of disregarded my tag about rice queens, right? Was that an attempt to derail the conversation, white boy? OR were you seriously deluded enough to think you could insert this snark into a conversation about fetishizing an ethnic minority and it would be TOPICAL AND COGENT? 

For Fuck’s sake: this is why queer POC people hate the white queer movement. 

(via green-street-politics)

The Weeaboo Test

zellas:

Yes….I’m bored!

The weeaboo test.

[x] You’ve seen at least one anime.
[x] You’ve read at least one manga.
[x] You watch anime/read manga on a regular basis
[x] You think that anime and western cartoons are two separate things.
[ ] You’re in anime club.
[x] You’ve cosplayed at least once.
[ ] You counted Halloween costumes from when you were a kid as cosplay.
[ ] You cosplay in public.
[x] You’ve been to at least one anime convention.
[x] You cosplayed there.
[ ] You traveled more than 200 miles to get there.
[ ] You like Japanese food.
[x] You like any of the following in particular: sushi, pocky, cheap ramen, ramune.
[x] You know that sushi isn’t just raw fish.
[ ] You’ve made bento lunch.
[ ] You’ve made a charabento.
[ ] You go to the Asian shop on a regular basis.
[ ] You’ve actually been to Japan.
[ ] You’ve been to Japan solely for the anime, videogames or idols.
[ ] You’re learning/know Japanese.
[ ] You’re learning it to watch anime without subtitles.
[ ] You have Japanese blood.
[ ] You CLAIM to have Japanese blood.
[ ] You’re in love with a fictional character made by Japanese people.
[ ] You claim you’re married to said fictional character.
[ ] Anime is so much better than western cartoons.
[ ] You call all cartoons anime.
[ ] Anyone who hates anime is dead to you.
[x] You call characters by their original Japanese names
[ ] You call characters by their romaji spelling
[ ] You defend Pearl Harbor.
[ ] You think Pearl Harbor’s a new anime that just started airing in Japan.
[ ] You think Japan is the greatest country on Earth.
[ ] You think that just because they make the best media.
[x] You listen to J-music.
[ ] Exclusively.
[x] You know that it’s pronounced “Gakuto” and not “Gackt”.
[ ] You can name all the Vocaloids.
[ ] WITHOUT looking it up.
[ ] You like Hetalia.
[ ] You think Japan is the best character.
[x] You wear items of anime-related clothing in public.
[ ] You play only Japanese video games/watch Japanese shows/eat Japanese food.
[ ] You use Japanese honorifics.
[ ] To refer to yourself.
[ ] Your entire room is full of anime merchandise.
[ ] You changed your name to something Japanese.
[ ] Legally.
[ ] You want to give your kid a Japanese name.
[ ] You want to name your kid after an anime character.
[ ] You’ve considered having surgery to look oriental.
[ ] You’ve had it done.
[ ] You stalk the Japanese exchange students.
[ ] You’ve been arrested for doing so.
[ ] You use memes in daily conversation.
[ ] You watch abridged series.
[ ] You get most of the jokes.
[ ] You use tildes while typing~
[x] You use Japanese emoticons
[ ] You make attempt to be Japanese sounding by the Engrish typing.
[ ] You claim you’re Japanese on your dA/Facebook/Myspace/whatever.
[ ] You’re not.
[ ] You’re not even Asian.
[ ] If you’re Asian, you think doing Japanese stuff helps you get in touch with your heritage.
[ ] And you’re not even Japanese.
[ ] People call you a weeaboo.
[ ] You prefer the term otaku.
[ ] You break out into Caramelldansen in public.
[ ] You want to date a Japanese person. 
[ ] No other nationality will do.
[ ] You watch Naruto.
[ ] You wear the headbands.
[ ] Every day.
[ ] You’re bitching at me because they’re properly called “forehead protectors”
[ ] You bought said headban- erm FOREHEAD PROTECTOR at Hot Topic.
[ ] You act out scenes from the show.
[x] FFVII is the best game ever. (Well, one of the best)
[ ] Sephiroth is yours.
[ ] Kingdom Hearts is awesome.
[ ] AxelxRoxas is KAWAII DESU NE~~~!!1  
[x] You wish you owned a real Death Note. (I hate Death Note, I just like the concept of the notebook)
[ ] Touhou rocks your life.
[ ] Anime dubs are the spawn of Satan.
[ ] Vic Mignogna is God.
[ ] It’s seiyu, not voice actor.
[ ] You use Gratuitous Japanese all the time.
[ ] You add “desu” to the end of every sentence
[ ] The only thing you draw is anime.
[ ] You’re taking an art course, and all you submit is anime.
[ ] All your friends also like anime.
[ ] You want to become a mangaka.
[ ] In Japan.
[ ] Most of your manga/anime is hentai.
[x] You know that “hentai” doesn’t mean “porn”
[ ] You write fanfics for English class.
[ ] Yaoi fanfics.
[ ] You know nothing about Japanese culture except for anime, videogames, idols, music, porn and schoolgirls.
[x] Everyone says you have no life.
[x] And it’s true. (I REGRET NOTHING!) 

Score: 18

Score:
0-10: You probably hate Japan. You’re not a weeaboo at all, not even close.
10-20: You like SOME Japanese things but, still not a weeaboo.
20-30: At this stage you probably still hate weeaboos. Good news- you’re not one.
30-40: You keep your love of Japanese stuff sensible.
40-50: You’re very likely a Japanophile, but you’re not as annoying as a full-blown weeaboo.
50-60: You’re not a weeaboo just yet, but try and moderate it.
60-70: Weeaboo.
70-80: Please stop it!!!!!!
80-90: STOP HUMPING THE MIKU LOVE PILLOW!!!!!!11
90-100: STOP!!!!! FOR THE LOVE OF KAMI-SAMA STOP!!!!!
101: Insane asylum tiems.

Some of those answers were fucking stupid and if anyone picks them then they should automatically get bitchslapped for it! 

Pretty sure all of the cons you’ve been to (with the exception of [shudder] Auchinawa) have been more than 200 miles away.

(Source: let-them-eat-candy)