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Online Dating's Icky "Yellow Fever" Fetishists
One night while waiting to order a drink at a bar, a large, muscly man pressed his hand against my back. Rationally, I know not all men see me this way. Dating apps , which are so reliant on appearance, are a primary way for me to meet people. You could attribute this lack of motivation to fatigue from the emotional hellhole that was The explosion of metoo stories has only served to further deepen my anxieties about most men and their expectations of women. When I broach the subject of yellow fever with men, they often argue that having an attraction to Asian women is similar to having a physical preference for brunettes or dark eyes. In reality, the idealization of the submissive but sexually skilled Asian woman has more to do with the othering of an entire race of people. Because white is the standard.
Originally published on Persephone and cross-posted here with their permission. I was IMing with a friend recently about a guy she has an unrequited crush on. She was absolutely smitten, but thoroughly convinced that he would have nothing to do with her.
For westerners, Asian women have come a long way from misunderstood, nerdy women to exotic beauties. I recall a conversation I had with my well-traveled relative, years ago. In a recount of his player days, he firmly predicted that I would appreciate Asian women when I turn Although I have never had a strong case of Yellow Fever myself, I recognize the unique characteristics that women of Asian descent hold for western men. In a world where traditional gender roles have evaporated, Asian women provide an alternative to western women through their submissiveness, femininity, and endearing dispositions.
A few months ago, an alarming survey suggested that "Yellow Fever" is more widespread than previously suspected. Yellow Fever is a potentially fatal disease carried by mosquitoes. It also refers to the fetishization of Asian women.