When survivors of rape are dismissed, disbelieved, and told they were “asking for it.”When Asian women are stereotyped as “submissive” and “exotic.” When fetishes for Asian women get reduced to and perceived as, “Well, why is it a problem that you’re told you’re all so beautiful and delicate?It’s a compliment.”All of the above are examples of rape culture ― cultural practices that excuse or tolerate sexual violence by ignoring, trivializing, or normalizing it.When women are told, “You know you want it.” When the U. elects as president a man who openly claims to grab women’s genitals without their consent.When women experience street harassment on a daily basis.
While there are different theories for the reasoning, the clients I work with all agree with the premise of not being able to fit the hyper-masculine culture perpetuated by Western society.
In movies, television and media, we see this stereotypical representation of Asian women as an objects rather than humans.
Continuously seeing this image in mainstream media has led to the idea of the "Asian fetish". Butterfly, the writer David Henry Hwang, using the term "yellow fever", a pun on the disease of the same name, discusses white men with a "fetish" for (east) Asian women.
These tropes can be found in representations in media, comments that harass us sexually and racially, and ways we’re constructed via laws and policy.
Imagined as decorative object or a toy, these tropes commodify Asian women into passive objects – made to be seen, played with, or touched, but not heard. The emphasis of these stereotypes on submission and docility imagines them as without agency and without the capacity to give consent.