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When Jokes Go Too Far: The Dangerous Path of Stereotypes

By January 31, 2019 February 10th, 2019 7 Comments

By: Jingmei Zeng (@mei.z on Instagram)

 

Stereotypes have always surrounded the community of young Asian women. One image,
in particular, showed us as weak, and submissive to the world. This idea has been specially
presented in the Western culture and viewed us as a quiet, and meek mouse that did what they
were told. From the soft-spoken Marie Kondo to the delicate Angelababy, our ladylike features
were seen as an easy target for men.
Too often were we described as “submissive” and “obedient” in dating guides. These dating
guides were written on behalf of men who don’t even know who we are. They assumed that
because of our gentleness, we could take on the abuse that depended on their mood. We’re
described as different from the women in Western and European countries. The difference was
that they had a temper, and we did not.
The description of our submissiveness has led to many men taking advantage of young Asian
women. These men have been sexually forceful and even regarded rape as a sickening
achievement. We were seen as nothing but easy prey to be dominated by; a doll ready at the
hands to please men.
This poisonous stereotype needs to stop. It has caused many harmful incidents that have
scarred us for the rest of our lives. Our culture has implanted the image that we must be devoted
and dutiful servants to our significant others. But we are human too. We cannot allow men to
take advantage, and control the use of our bodies at the disposal of their pleasure. We are more
than a docile creature that cannot speak up or fight back. We are hardworking students, artists,
doctors, mothers, and we have our rights. Our body is ours and only we have the power to
control the use of our bodies. We will not allow ourselves to be violated in the hands of others.
I ask of you, my strong and beautiful sisters to fight back, and break the stereotype. Our tiger
moms did not raise us with her iron fist, to be ruined by the actions of a man. We can be soft and
fierce simultaneously. Let us not be passive, but fight for our dignity and rights.

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