Fetish by Alisa Verner
I find this really problematic, but I can’t seem articulate why exactly it is. Can anyone provide some insight as to how this is (or isn’t) offensive?
Aside from the not-great composition (and I have issues with that color palette omg)? And the fact that it’s called “FETISH” while framing an Asian woman thus implying that Asians are a fetish object (although for all we know the fetish in question is the submission aspect let wait for someone to go all “BUT IT’S ~~ART~~”)?
At least it’s not claiming to be Asian.
i don’t think this is problematic at all… i mean i don’t like how the dominatrix is faceless, but some people like to be dominated and what is wrong with having pinups like that? it seems pretty consensual to me, and there the model isn’t wearing something ridiculous like a kimono or anything. there are images like this with not just asian women but white women as well (miss mosh did something like this - she is one of my favorite pinup models)
i read all the reactions to this and i reeeeally get annoyed when people say sexual lifestyle = political/philosophical ideologies since it is just not true!!
i don’t think it is called “fetish” because there is an asian woman in it. i think it’s called fetish because of the shoe fetish & other “alternative” fetishes that are being shown here. and i don’t think that is disgusting, i think it’s whatever turns someone on.
Phooey, just as I edited my post to address the idea that the term “fetish” refers to something specific in the shots, which isn’t coming through very well. It just looks like some regular ol’ commercial “nice-lookin’ girls doing the nasty” porn (which, hey, whatever floats your boat). Even as a pin-up shot, it’s still not very well composed, except for the first one, but even then, IF the focus is supposed to be on the shoe, then the shoe should be centered.
Instead, what we have are a fallback on the “submissive Asian woman”. Submission is not in itself racist BUT given the widespread image of “Asian women = submissive” images like these don’t really help.
It’s not problematic because there’s an Asian woman in it; it’s problematic because this is so often one of the very few kinds of images we see associated with Asian women in the white-dominated North American consciousness.