a lot of the meme images seem to be trying to make the anti-racist posters "funny" by making them racist.
But a lot of people, especially white people, are invested in defending geisha, in putting them on a pedestal. And when they do that, it does harm to Japanese-American women and to all Asian-American women. Appropriation is almost too mild of a word. It’s not just theft, it’s domination. Imagine a young girl, on the verge of understanding herself as a sexual being, looking deeply in the mirror… and seeing her mirror image controlled by puppet masters.
I’ll try to explain further. The geisha figure is one end of a continuum of stereotypes of Asian woman sexuality. The continuum is inanimate. Other races have different sexual stereotypes: for example, “animalistic”. But Asian women are neither animal nor human. They’re inanimate things. They’re so passive that they barely even move. On the high end, they’re beautiful clockwork dolls, to be petted and treasured and collected and shown off. The most expensive ones can’t even be bought for money; instead, you have to win them through your superior knowledge of authentic Asian culture. On the low end, they’re doormats, sperm receptacles, happy ending massage girls, completely impersonal and interchangeable, existing for nothing more than a moment’s pleasure.
Personally, I would not wear a hat that was some sort of ultra-identifiable South American mountain peasant hat (like with bobbles or something) because [I would feel like some kind of clueless new age white lady] because it would suggest that I was on some level saying "oh look at this quaint artifact produced by authentic peasants in a far away land! Look at me and my exotic multicultural travels and sensibilities!", which would be embarrassing. Also, we in the global north shouldn't be able to cherry pick "cool" things from the global south to make us look fashionable while being deeply implicated in the horrible exploitation (by mining companies, by agricultural companies, by US-supported military projects) of the global south.
On the other hand offending people isn't very polite.
I know this has, probably as it should be, become a broader discussion about racism and whatnot, but can someone explain to me what's up with this (apparently real) poster? The supposedly damning picture has two costumes easily discernable: A dude dressed as a vampire, and a girl in a typical halloween costume: normal party attire (trucker hat, fake bling, etc) plus generous amounts of fake blood and presumably a latex wound or two. I honestly don't understand what is wrong, but I guess it must be the over-the-top fake diamond necklace? What am I missing?
This thread began with a group of Ohio University students claiming to speak for millions of people each.
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