Friday, January 24, 2014

Western dominance versus Asian submission

Old stereotypes prove hard to resist
Western mass media and cultural consumer entertainment were compelled to strengthen the objectification of Asia: Asia as an all-perverted –  animalistic if you like –  place of Western sexual dominance versus Asian sexual submission.
During the age of colonialism, Western powers conquered the people of Asia and objectified their women. This is well documented in literature, film, and scholarship: Here the dominant, masculine West; there the submissive, feminine East. This is the second part from a chapter on ‘Gender’ taken from the East-West dichotomy. [...]

Image credit: The World of Suzie Wong (1960)/Paramount Pictures