Argumentative Essay On Asian Women

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Throughout history, Asian women have been made into sinister, sexual beings. A long history of Asian women being degraded and viewed as nothing but sex workers, has led to them being viewed in an extremely hypersexualized light. In recent years, many people have become more aware of this issue, and it has become topic of debate. Many believe that allowing Asian women to act out their sexuality in ways that are reflective of racialized sexuality is harmful because it allows said stereotypes to continue. Others believe that that point of view is limiting and harmful to Asian female sexuality. In this paper, I will be arguing that I am in favour of race-positive sexuality as a way for Asian women to embody their sexuality. First, I will explain …show more content…
A long history of Asian women being degraded and viewed as nothing but sex workers, has led to them being viewed in an extremely hypersexualized light. In recent years, many people have become more aware of this issue, and it has become topic of debate. Many believe that allowing Asian women to act out their sexuality in ways that are reflective of racialized sexuality is harmful because it allows said stereotypes to continue. Others believe that that point of view is limiting and harmful to Asian female sexuality. In this paper, I will be arguing that I am in favour of race-positive sexuality as a way for Asian women to embody their sexuality. First, I will explain what exactly race-positive sexuality it is. I will look at the history of Asian women and how that still impacts their sexuality today. Last, I will discuss sexual freedom, and how it applies to Asian women. Race positive sexuality is a way for both sides of the Asian female sexuality debate to remain …show more content…
The key point of race-positive sexuality is that people understand that the stereotypes have a long, complex history that play a major role in why they exist, while also understanding that it is okay for them to bring pleasure by viewing or participating (Shimizu, 2007, 25). To break it down, those who make the choice to participate in sexual activity that is reflective of racialized sexuality should not feel guilty for wanting that, but they should be aware of the history and the issues surrounding it. Race-positive sexuality allows for people to have sexual freedom, as they should, but also ensures that nobody will be harmed by what occurs. Those who study Asian women through the lens of feminism acknowledge that using racialized sex acts is not solely based on playing into sexual stereotypes, but also about sexual freedom (Shimizu, 2007, 25). Race-positive sexuality is very important in allowing Asian women to be respected but also allowing them the freedom needed to be a sexual

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