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Today’s Lady News: #NotYourAsianSidekick Blows Up Twitter

  • The hashtag discussion #NotYourAsianSidekick blew up on Twitter over the weekend, and drew attention to the marginalization of Asian-American women in feminism. The hashtag was started by Suey Park, an organizer and writer. [BBC, Salon]
  • What R. Kelly teaches us about how sexual predators choose and silence their victims. [Think Progress]
  • A woman working on behalf of women’s affairs at the Indian Consulate in New York City was arrested for paying her nanny $3.13 an hour. Uh, you’re doing feminism wrong, lady. [Jezebel]
  • Chilean president Michele Bachelet has been reelected. [New York Times] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Fall’s Most Controversial New Show Is “Elementary”

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CBS’s new fall show “Elementary” has not even premiered yet, but already nerds everywhere are boycotting it. Why would people write off this modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller so soon?

There are a bunch of (not very good) reasons. Keep reading »

Something Pleasant Happened, For Once: Jeremy Lin Met With Fired ESPN Headline Writer

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An xoJane blogger defended the ESPN journalist who got fired. Read More »
On Hot Asian Dudes
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Jeremy Lin reveals our weirdness with Asian-American male sexuality. Read More »
Racists Upset
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Jeremy Lin photo

Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase “chink in the armor.” He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism. Federico said he didn’t realize “chink” was a racist slur, certainly didn’t intend to use it that way, and had used the phrase “chink in the armor” a bunch of other times when referring to non-Asian players messing up their game. If you missed the giant-ass kerfluffle in the media, you must have been in a coma.  

This Tuesday, Jeremy Lin took Frederico out to lunch to chat. ”It went incredible,” Federico told Newsday. “The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule … He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.” Keep reading »

“Linsanity” & Our Squicky Relationship With Asian-American Male Sexuality

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An xoJane blogger defended the ESPN journalist who got fired. Read More »
Topless Basketball?
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Jeremy Lin is not just the basketball player who has launched a thousand bad “Lin” puns — and prompted a refresher course on why the word “chink” is unacceptable for an ESPN headline.

His sudden emergence in pop culture has also underscored how strangely acceptable it is in America to make make racial comments about Asians, whether they are considered complimentary (like “all Asians are good at math” or “all Asian women are hot”) or insulting (like “Asian men are not sexy.”)

The thing is, if you’ve never seen an attractive, sexy Asian man, you probably ought to check either your eyes or your prejudices — like all hot men, they’ve been all around us all along.
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