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Tue, Apr. 21st, 2009 01:19 am
Did Beatnik Grifter Play On Loathsome Hipster Negro Fetish?

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krskrft
krskrft
Tue, Apr. 21st, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Re: Anecdotal? Love, Paranoia, & “Weirdoes”

In psychology, fetish means "any object or nongenital part of the body that causes a habitual erotic response or fixation."

So one would assume that an "Asian fetish" would require arousal at the very sight of a person of Asian descent. Simply dating an Asian person would not, in itself, be evidence of such a fetish.


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krskrft
krskrft
Tue, Apr. 21st, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
Re: Anecdotal? Love, Paranoia, & “Weirdoes”

Exactly. So I think it's pretty clear where fetish begins. And it's also clear that, in this case, the term is being used a bit presumptively. It's kind of interesting, too, how often the word "fetish" is attached specifically to Asians, when talking about attraction based on race. I can't really imagine anybody saying "black fetish" or "hispanic fetish." I think in those cases, it would usually be couched in terms of "having a thing for" black or hispanic women. But "Asian fetish" is the most common way of saying the same thing in reference to Asian women. Just something else to think about.


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me.jdcasten.info
me.jdcasten.info
Tue, Apr. 21st, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: Anecdotal? Love, Paranoia, & “Weirdoes”

That’s why I put “fetish” in scare quotes—it’s not like we’re talking about shoes here.

Not that fetishes need be all that bad, or born of guilt (as possibly with some vets), but I think they would work best as springboards towards those deeper loving relationships.

An “Asian Fetish” could definitely indicate prejudice— prejudging someone, even in a positive light, before you get to really know them—based here, merely on race. But then again, who doesn’t prejudge a little, when it comes to “love at first sight,” etc?


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