@natalie_ng You hit on one of the main points actually.
racialized images can cause Asian American women to believe they will find greater gender equality with white men and can cause white men to believe they will find greater subservience with Asian women.
This dynamic promotes Asian American women’s availability to white men and makes them particularly vulnerable to mistreatment.
This next quote is quite long but really exposes the problem with many afwm pairings.
There are literally hundreds of websites, blogs and forums devoted to attacking virtually all women (or, at least, Westernized ones) — the so-called “manosphere,”…While some of them voice legitimate and sometimes disturbing complaints about the treatment of men, what is most remarkable is the misogynistic tone that pervades so many. Women are routinely maligned as sluts, gold-diggers, temptresses and worse; overly sympathetic men are dubbed “manginas”. This kind of woman-hatred is increasingly visible in most Western societies, and it tends to be allied with other anti-modern emotions.
The men’s movement also includes mail-order-bride shoppers, unregenerate batterers, and wannabe pickup artists who are eager to learn the secrets of “game”—the psychological tricks that supposedly make it easy to seduce women.
Some take an inordinate interest in extremely young women, or fetishize what they see as the ultra-feminine (read: docile) characteristics of South American and Asian women. Others, who have internalized Christian “headship” doctrine, are desperately seeking the “submissive” women such doctrine celebrates. Still others are simply sexually awkward…
The common denominator is their resentment of feminism and of females in general.
I don’t mind if they used whites as villains more often in Asian movies, lol.
That happens pretty often in martial arts films. Ip Man 2 is probably the most well known right now, but there are many others. Jet Li and Jackie Chan both have had movies where the bad guy is white. Think Fearless and Rush Hour 1. It’s just a drop in the ocean by comparison to Hollywood’s blatant and decades long smear campaign.
This is true across status differentials. So long as our brand wanes and theirs is elevated, it will continue. You see this when founders pitch investors. If you’re a black woman, and you’re pitching them- she has to have tons of precedent and evidence to justify her vision of the future, to justify her business planning decisions - which are, by definition, breaking new ground if we’re talking about a startup. The sea of white male investors wont’ just take her word for it. You can see the struggle; founders must define new worlds often with no precedent. You have to lose sight of the shore to discover new lands. But the way we assess people in society is by ‘status’ and women and minorities have the least. A white male can get in front of the group and say like they did in the first boom- we don’t need a business model; we’ll build it and then we’ll see. Can you imagine an Asian woman or blakc woman or even an Asian male getting away with that? This is a racial thing; but it’s broader than that. It’s a status thing. Obviously, the two intersect - but whenever you see that status differential - different rules apply. Different meaning and assumptions ascribed to what people say.
@secondstrike it’s a convenient argument to credit the industrial revolution. Most countries are barely above sustenance levels in an agricultural society- which does not allow time and money to be invested in innovation. One may wonder where the surplus capital came to allow for this investment. England controlled something like 300M people during the 1800s - perhaps 1/5th of the world population at the time. Spectacular ROI of colonization can allow countries to invest in inventions, railroads, etc.