What the world is missing about Asian women
When I first heard about the Asian lady beetle (asiatic sluts), I was a bit confused.
But as it turns out, the term is so well-known that it’s almost like an icon of the genre.
It’s an archetype of Asian women who, thanks to a combination of culture and genetic makeup, are able to survive in a world dominated by western men.
The term Asian sluts comes from a British magazine called Asian Sluts, which first appeared in 1974 and went on to become one of the most popular terms in the genre, according to Dr Jennifer Jaffe, a clinical psychologist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.
“It’s a stereotype of a certain type of Asian woman,” she says.
“It’s this sort of exoticised type of beauty.
It reflects a certain cultural idea that Asian women are exotic.”
Dr Jaffe says that stereotypes about Asian slut are often triggered by racism in the media, which tends to portray Asian women as dirty, uncouth and promiscuous.
She says there’s a perception that Asian sluttiness is synonymous with sexual assault.
“There’s a stigma around Asian women in the Western world,” she said.
Dr Jennifer Jaffery, clinical psychologist.
Picture: Michael Eavis for News.
“The stereotypes that exist around Asian female sexuality are not only inaccurate, they’re damaging to Asian women’s health and wellbeing.”
When the term Asian lady beetles first came into circulation in the late 1980s, it was widely considered to be an archetype.
But the term has become so entrenched in Asian culture that the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AHDW) is now calling for a new definition.
“[The Asian lady bug] has a history of being used to describe Asian women,” said Dr Jafferies.
In an attempt to help promote a new word, the AAPW recently launched a campaign to promote the term, dubbed The Asian Lady Beetle Dictionary.
According to Dr Jaffe the term derives from a phrase in a song called The Asian Girl in a Black Dress.
The song has a chorus that suggests Asian women should be “the kind of women you’d want to date”, and the song is sung in English by Asian men, who are described as “beautiful, sexy, confident”.
“Asian women are seen as exotic, exoticised, sluts,” she explains.
But Dr Jaferies warns that a lack of cultural knowledge is a big reason why the term continues to be used.
When I first found out about the term I was like, ‘Wow, how did this become so widely used?’ and I’m like, “It has a long history of usage in this country,” she told 7.30.
For now, Dr Jafa believes the term should be scrapped.
It is not a racist term, it is an Asian woman who’s very beautiful, very talented, she says, and it has nothing to do with sexual harassment.
Instead, it’s an Asian lady who’s extremely beautiful, with great talent and a lot of charisma, Dr Jennifer says.
What’s more, Dr Jenae says the term may be offensive to some Asian women.
Asian sluts may be able to withstand the pressures of the dating market, but they are not going to have the same luck, she said, adding that Asian females can’t expect to have their own careers as a result.
There are a lot more Asian ladies in this world than Asian lady bugs, Dr Kaffers says.
Dr Jennifer is now urging the AHDW to look at how the term was used in the past.
One of the first attempts at changing the dictionary was in 1995, when the dictionary used a word for “Asian woman” instead of “Asian lady beetle”.
But a more recent dictionary update called the term “Asian slutt” was rejected.
Another dictionary update in 2016 added “Asian women” to the definition of Asian lady, but this time the term remained the same.
Although the new dictionary update seems to have changed the meaning of the term in the minds of some, Dr Kim says it’s important that Asian men continue to be included in the dictionary.
And as for the term’s popularity, she believes it’s a positive thing.
I think we’re in a great time with the advent of dating apps, she tells 7.00.
People are starting to see Asian women more and more, and that’s great.
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