Episode 108 — Running Through Marriages In Thailand
Posted 14 March 2013 - 11:01 PM
Posted 15 March 2013 - 08:55 AM
Posted 15 March 2013 - 02:46 PM
Yeah, I agree. It's not that there aren't guys marrying women in Thailand or the Philippines or wherever who do this sort of thing. It's just that the discussion becomes less interesting when you focus on the cases that are clearly racist.
Posted 15 March 2013 - 09:52 PM
I don't think it's necessarily about fetishizing the race as much as it is, "I have a bunch of money, am white and older and have no game and there is a part of the world where I don't need game and by being white and having money I can be with attractive, younger women." That's not fetishizing a race, that's just sizing up an opportunity.
edit: In other words, it's not necessarily that they are fetishizers in this scenario, but taking advantage of a part of the world in which they are the fetishizees.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:31 PM
I think you were right in responding to the power dynamic and obviously there is fetishisation of Oriental woman in the mind of white man. I couldnt make it through the whole podcast cos I didn't like your guest at all and her reasoning
Posted 16 March 2013 - 02:36 PM
Agree. In particular, her accusation of sexism really ought to have been addressed. Pretty much everyone in the world has some amount of agency, but that doesn't mean that people can't be exploited due to one-sided power dynamics. I wonder if she'd be willing to make the same argument where the dynamics are more explicit; e.g. would she defend a teacher hitting on his student because the student has agency?
Posted 07 April 2013 - 02:14 AM