Doing research on Korean customs and poses for the upcoming open class, I re-ran-across the Asian poses site:
When I first got here I was appalled to see billiards tournaments on t.v. It wasn’t the billiards which was appalling, but the barely dressed bimbos they had bending over the tables playing. Kind of reminded me of when Hugh Hefner had a network t.v. show on with playboy bunnies when I was a kid. He did nothing that could be censored or that I, as a little child, could not watch but it was totally prurient and grossly emphasized T. & A.
I haven’t seen the billiard show lately, but I do accidentally stumble across this horrible show more than I’d like. It’s kind of like America’s Top Model, only it’s to be the queen of the racing models. And though they do have some glamor shots, most of the time they are bouncing around badly trying too hard to be sexier than each other.
One other time I serendipitously ran across this book and I nearly threw up all over my keyboard. Someone on a forum for men who wanted to pick up Asian women referenced it. That cover art really pisses me off, btw…I think because that should/has nothing to do with orientalism…
And then there are articles like this one, Top Reasons Why Men Like Asian Women and I think you can see why I would have preferred to be white growing up in America. Asian women love when men are men (whatever that means) and never henpeck and they and their children are happier than white women and children. Yeah, right…
And coming here and witnessing the above elevation of the vacuous doll, I think you can see why I’m happy to go back to America. Now, to be fair, your common everyday Korean woman is not posing for a camera all the time, but it’s still disturbing that they do this stuff when a camera gets put in front of their face. And to be fair, girls are very much moving up in the workplace and having to juggle running their domestic households AND workplace equity issues every day. And further, being sassy and strong is being exulted in pop girl groups like 2NE1, but they are also guilty of pandering to these ideas of feminine “beauty,” and for every one of them there are ten other girl bands acting like nothing but boy toys. It’s not that this doesn’t happen in America too: it’s just so endemic here.
But I’m rambling now…just wanted to jot this down…I’m glad I grew up in the west, though it’s not that much better, no wait, it’s a lot better, but it’s still bad, if that makes sense…but it also sucked growing up in the west when they’re writing books like the one above and ogling you every time you step outdoors. But mostly, mostly I’m just beat down by what it is to be a woman today. It’s still so wrong.