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To: Anne Gus (Part 1)

Dear Anne Gus,

In the flurry of all the flaming you have been receiving, I hope you are able to find time to sit down and read this. I would like to I introduce you to your West Coast counterpart, Alexandra Wallace. She is an ex-UCLA student, emphasis on EX. Alexandra Wallace’s bid to infamy came in a video that later on went viral. Many video responses made on youtube became viral also. Here is one by Jimmy Wong and DavidSoComedy. (Their responses to Alexandra Wallace actually also applies to your articles.) I just hope you also find out what happened to her after that post went viral online.

In this post I hope to break down your errors and help you understand why they are more ignorant than not.

We will start with your first post titled, Asian Women Need To Stop Dating White Men.

1. Your 2nd sentence to your post is offensive.

“They are such an eyesore that I wish they would just put a big fat trigger warning on themselves, or just like wear one of those blankets that women from the Mid-East wear, jihads, or whatever, and cover up completely. “

As a self-proclaimed feminist, this sentence should not have even appeared in your post (let alone writing the entire post!) Really? This sentence solely shows the entire world or thought catalog community how thoughtless and ignorant of other cultures you are as a white woman (I will touch upon how you experience White Privilege later when I breakdown your 2nd post).

2. Back it up with Facts

“The WMAW phenomenon is itself one steeped in Patriarchal values, sexism and racism.”

If you are going to write something or anything, please, please, PLEASE back it up with facts! It is the same as writing a paper for college: you address the problem, you write your opinion, and you back it up with facts. Baseless claims will have your post going viral and being flamed similar to what Alexandra Wallace experienced a few years ago.

How is WMAW phenomenon steeped in Patriarchal values, sexism and racism? You do know you are contradicting yourself as in the previous paragraph you claimed that we “yellow women” are strong and independent. Are you also insinuating that, according to you, “normal” a white relationships is not steeped in patriarchal values, sexism and racism?

3. Millions of Asian women, really?

Ever since its breakout, it has caused white men to trick millions of Asian women into relationships in which they’re being heavily taken advantage of.

How are these white men tricking millions of Asian women into relationship where they get heavily taken advantage of? Where are the statistics? My genetics professor once said, “Numbers/Statistics don’t lie.” Bless him as much as I did not enjoy the class, that comment is correct. Show us some numbers Anne.

4. Scarlet Fever v. Yellow Fever

Unlike Scarlet fever, which, thanks to modern medicine was gotten rid of after like the First Spanish civil war, scientists back then had no clue how to cure its coeval cousin, the Yellow fever Pandemic.”

You clearly have some clue as to what Scarlet fever is… (I am going on the assumption that you know.) However I hope you do know that Yellow Fever is an actual virus that people suffer from. Here, please educate yourself with this information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Please do some research before you make baseless claims!

5. Horsey? Really?

Even now, in 2014, or the Horsey year as you guys call it,

If you meant to be mocking, you did it quite unsuccessfully as I am not impressed. It makes you sound like a bloody 5 year old.

 

6. No Cure to Yellow Fever?

“we’re no closer to finding a cure.”

In #4, I mention that you should do research before you post. From the CDC website that I linked you, “Among those who develop severe disease, 20% – 50% may die.” and “Those who recover from yellow fever generally have lasting immunity against subsequent infection.”

There, that is CDC statistics.

7. Strong & Beautiful?

“White men suddenly stop going after strong and beautiful white women like myself, and start trading us for our shorter, black haired and more yellow-hued sisters, namely, you people. ”

Sorry, from what I have read so far I can only determine that you are strongly ignorant and beautifully self-confident. I applaud you for being beautifully self-confident as you think yourself as strong and beautiful. However, you are definitely strongly ignorant. As Macy has mentioned in point #3 in her article, White Men Dating Asian Women Isn’t The Problem – Your Racism Is (Plus, Tips On How To Cure Yourself), you sound quite jealous. Must be our flawless black hair? Jealousy does not suit you. In addition, I’m sure you haven’t met many Asians as you are generalizing all of us. Yes, I might be 5 ft. 2in. but I am proud of it. However, you do know that there are Asian women out there that are close, if not over, 6ft tall?

In addition, please do not ignore all the short white women out there. Do tell all of us how tall YOU are… & back this stuff up with statistics… @_@”

8. Asian Women as Robots?

causes White men not only to date outside their own race, but also to see you Asian women as nothing but dehumanized, servile Toshiba robots

Really? Last time I checked I am as human as the next person. My blood is the same color as a person from another ethnicity. Again, you do not back your claims up with facts. Get this: “Asian women =/= dehumanized servile Toshiba robots” sorry to disappoint. This isn’t like the movies: iRobot or Terminator…

9. Pleasantness

Being pleasant is NOT a good trait, that’s a very Patriarchal way of thinking, being pleasant denotes that you’re not fierce and strong like women should be.

First off, here is the dictionary definition of pleasant in the context you are using it. From Dictionary.com: Pleasant – (of persons, manners, disposition, etc.) socially acceptable or adept; polite; amiable; agreeable.

Sorry, how is being pleasant not a good trait? According to you I can’t be fierce and strong if i’m “socially acceptable or adept, polite, amiable, agreeable”?

Are you also implying that you aren’t “socially acceptable or adept, polite, amiable, agreeable”? That just reminds me of Ron Weasley’s table manners.

10. History Portion

I am not even going to get into it… and please spell HISTORY right way…. spelling it HERstory doesn’t make you a feminist. It makes you look like you are unable to type or utilize spell check…

11. Cultured = Bruce Chan?

Being a very cultured young woman in her twenties who watches a lot of foreign film, I faced this stereotype many years ago. I mean how many female ninjas do you see in all the Bruce Chan movies ?

If you were a “very cultured young woman in her twenties who watches a lot of foreign film” you would not have made the mistake that it’s Bruce Lee and not Bruce Chan…

Again you generalize! You clearly have only watched “foreign” films made by Hollywood. Have you watched some terrible movies such as “The Grandmaster” or movies with Maggie Q in it? Yes they are still sexualized in those films. However, Hollywood film does the same exact thing to white women.

Unless you are referring to Jackie Chan movies and female fight scenes? If I recall correctly, CZ12 had a fight scene amongst two women.

Finally, Female ninjas? Ninjas actually come from the Japanese Culture. So you maybe thinking about females who know kung-fu? Well, in the previous paragraphs I already made my suggestions (to some female fighting scenes).

12. Cavemen Syndrome

It is obvious that White men, a group that is infamous for watching movies, have harnessed this stereotype and now use it to justify pouncing on unsuspecting Asian women.

Since we do not live in the era of the cavemen, men who: clump women over the head with anything, throw (women) over their shoulder and then proceed to pounce them, is highly frowned upon. It is probably the quickest way to end up being arrested and possibly in prison.

13. Exotifying, Objectifying, and Dehumanizing

They do this, of course, to feed their own twisted need to feel masculine and dominant, while exotifying, objectifying and dehumanizing you poor Asians. You hear that Asian women? They think you’re exotic, like Fanta Exotic. That’s right. White Men think you’re about as human as a carbonated drink.

I feel like you cannot just clump masculinity, dominance, exoticism, objectifying, and dehumanizing all together and not explain why you think that. Men are stereotypically thought to be masculine and dominant which is part of the reason why they’re taught that “crying is for wimps” or some tosh like that. However, exotifying, objectifying and dehumanizing? White men are not the ONLY men who exotify and objectify Asian women…

On Friday while I was out with friends and as we were leaving, a NON-WHITE waiter stopped me and proceed to apologize and ask if I was Chinese. Then later on tell me I just looked so beautiful. So NO, White men are not the only ones exotifying and objectifying women.

I hope as a Feminist you are aware that white men are not the only ones objectifying women in general, right?

Finally, please do enlighten me about how White men dehumanize Asian women I would love to know.

14. You All Look The Same!

And, like they’re not even dating you for your looks, because, like no offense, but you all look kind of similar, so they’re dating you purely because of your race.

Wow. Over-generalization. I’m sorry but you and Alexandra Wallace must be related because with your logic I can say, “don’t be offended but all White Women look the same.” I can reassure you, we do not all look the same nor are we all a carbon copies of each other. THAT would be worrisome and weird.

15. Asian Men

No offense, but they’re like kinda short and nerdy and not very hot. I mean they’re perfect for you, you’re like made for each other, but white men kind of like, belong to us.

I’m sorry, what? Short, nerdy and not very hot? *sigh* First of all, you are generalizing as I know Asian men who aren’t short… What’s wrong with being nerdy? There are nerdy white men too. I guess that’s a turn off for you? Asian men who are not very hot, hmm.. wow. You have clearly not come in contact with a lot of Asians for you to say that. I pity thee. Please come to NYC maybe then you’ll come in contact with more.

Finally, what is this about white men belonging to white girls? Sorry girl, there is no written rule about white men belonging to white girls. I’m sorry you think that way, because it just shows that you are a narrow-minded individual.

16. Mandarin?

“Help me put a stop to this Mandarin madness, show your Asian friends this article and send tweet under #stopWMAW.”

So help me! Mandarin is a dialect of Chinese. Chinese spoken in China. China is a nation in the continent of Asia. Before you jump with your messed up logic that Mandarin = Asian, Mandarin is spoken in a few countries in Asia but not all. Last time I checked, Russia still spoke Russian, Korea still spoke Korean and Japan still spoke Japanese, etc.

This post is the result of my ASIAN friend showing me this article. I shall congratulate you as you caused me to come back to this blog after a year of absence to deconstruct/rip apart your post instead of writing my thesis.

I feel like we should either tweet under #StopAnneGus or #End Ignorance, that would be more appropriate. I hope this post will help you educate yourself and realize how ignorant you truly are.

Sincerely,

Christine

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Halloween & Its Distorted Image.

What is Halloween? Well, Caitlin Doughty from The Order of The Good Death can answer that from her episode of Ask a Mortician:

From this description of Halloween, it can be concluded that Halloween has been constantly morphed into different definitions as time went on. Samhain (allegedly) being the origin of the holiday known as Halloween, went from a practice of honoring the dead to a day where we celebrate the best costumes, candy and parties. However, how did the over-sexualized costumes for women ever become part of Halloween? Why has there not been costumes that are over-sexualized for men?

Over-sexualization of Halloween costumes can be a ploy to capitalize on Halloween, a holiday known for the parties that occur. However through this capitalization, it becomes harder for women to find costumes that do not cause their boobs, ass or other parts of their body parts to be shown. This over-sexualization of women and their bodies can be seen as part of objectifying women. Why is there a need for women to be sexy?

Taken from GeekAlerts.com article of “12 Super Sexy Halloween Costumes”

In the post, Have Women Become the New Trick in ‘Trick or Treat’?, fellow blogger says: “Halloween should be an escape from female, body objectification and yet it has only enforced it by making it into a contemporary tradition.” Which is true! Traditions have changed over time as Samhain traditions varies greatly from the Halloween we celebrate. The  Halloween parade held in NYC every year is a good example. The parade is an exhibit of the hard work, time and creativity people have placed in creating their costumes. I remember one year I attended the parade and was astounded by the amazing costumes!

Winner of the NYC’s 2011 Costume Contest at The Village’s Halloween Parade

Over-sexualized Halloween costumes is just an excuse to objectify women while capitalists profit off the holiday. If we are screaming outcry because Jessica Simpson dressed her daughter in a bikini. Then why are we not screaming foul when teen girls and women are dressing up in extremely sexy costumes that accentuates certain parts of their body? Today on Jezebel.com, I came across this appalling piece of “art” also known as the pornkin. It essentially is a carve your own porno! (I am not going to continue…)

As my fellow blogger said, Halloween SHOULD be about an escape from the female objectification. How to do this? Well, pranking someone IS an option, as Halloween IS known for its pranks. Another option is to walk through a Haunted Houses being one…  Niagara Falls Haunted House seems like a great way to spend Halloween. Walking around a haunted house while testing your ability to stay calm, may be a good way to celebrate the day of the dead.

So why succumb to the social pressures to dress sexily when you do not have to? Go out there and have fun! Enjoy the costumes at the Halloween Parade (sadly due to Hurricane Sandy it was cancelled this year) or find a Haunted House to walk through! There are plenty of things to do without having to dress up sexily. If you really want a costume, then make it yourself! Over-sexualized costumes are overpriced anyway!

Fun Fact:

Did you know the word “Marauders” were known as ‘resurrectionists’ who were grave robbers? During the time where there was a major need for corpses to be used to study anatomy, marauders would rob graves for bodies. The significance? The Marauders were a group of school-aged kids from Hogwarts who constantly pulled pranks on their peers. However, they mostly pulled the more malicious pranks on (alleged) Death Eater associates. Ah, the brilliance of J.K. Rowling!

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Feminism = Shrinkage?

Yes, you read it correctly, according to Rush Limbaugh feminists will cause men’s penis’ to shrink in size. Please remember to breathe through that painful minute and 33 seconds…

Now that you survived that horrid ordeal I put you through, let us discuss this idea. There is NO correlation between a man’s penis size and feminism, unless you are from the wizarding world that is… However, according to the study, today’s “average size of a penis is roughly 10 percent smaller than it was 50 years ago,” is all due to air pollution and a few other factors.

How do you tell someone like Limbaugh that their statements makes people question their sanity and intelligence? Making “flame-worthy” statements such as that will definitely give you attention you seek, be it negative or positive. The media outlets essentially determines, or dictates, what type of information their audiences will learn about. Media often dictates what is “in” and what is not.

In a recent study done by University at Buffalo a group of researchers determined that “portrayal of women in the popular media over the last several decades has become increasingly sexualized, even “pornified.” The two conclusions that came out of the study was: 1. women AND men both became increasingly sexualized as time went on, 2. the change in the sexualization of women (not men) changed very drastically. This was all determined through studying one well-known magazine cover through the decades.

Yes, men get sexualized similarly to women. Media has painted an ideal picture of how women and men should look that can be seen everywhere we go. From billboards to television commercials to online advertisement, we see all different sort of promotions from media outlets attempting to sell a certain product. While men can look debonair and handsome with clothes on, women have increasingly become shown in less and less or in the nude. How is that fair?

It is because media has determined that “sex sells.”

Credits to: Women’s Rights News Facebook Page

Link to Photo

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Women ARE Objects.

Why are women commonly objectified by their body parts? Women are often “checked out” by both: men and women, whether or not we are conscious of our own actions. According to the article written by Stephanie Pappas, media can be blamed for why women are thought of as either a pair of legs, boobs, or a piece of ass. Within media we often see women dressed in scantily clad clothing accentuating these particular body parts. Media has played an important role in influencing this change within our society. Sarah Gervais, a psychologist at University of Nebraska said, “Women’s bodies and their body parts are used to sell all sorts of products, but we are now for everyday, ordinary women, processing them in a similar way.” Now, it is common to see women dressed in shirts with necklines that show cleavage paired with either skinny jeans or leggings. Sometimes it may even seem as if women are competing to see who can dress the least without being written up by police for public indecency. How do you not objectify someone when they are dressed “sexily” to purposely turn heads and get noticed? Although it is a proven fact that both men and women objectify women, men are often heard or seen objectifying women.

From The Chive (Link of Above Video)

Gervais said, “Everyday, ordinary women are being reduced to their sexual body parts.” Women being objectified creates lots of problems and one of them being breastfeeding. Public breastfeeding is a necessity for nursing mothers that take their child out while running errands. In David Horsey’s article about breastfeeding mothers, he believes that breastfeeding women should be given their privacy regardless of the setting the mother is nursing in. Be it a quiet library or a busy shopping mall, women shouldn’t be gawked at by others for breastfeeding their child. It may be possible that the idea of breastfeeding, especially in public is completely uncomfortable or bizarre to many people. The whole idea is ironic as scantily clad women are photographed to be used as lingerie advertisement yet it is unusual for women to nurse their child in public. David quoted a columnist, Anna Quindlen saying,

“the subtext of the public breast-feeding battle is the inability to make a distinction between what is female and what is sexual, what is indecent and what is utilitarian.”

In conclusion, today’s society it is considered normal for women to be objectified by wearing close to nothing yet it is indecent for a mother to nurse their child in public. How does that work?

David Horsey / Los Angeles Times (July 12, 2012)

From: Los Angeles Times by David Horsey

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