The Weird History of East Asian Sex Stereotypes

“I’m just not into Asian dudes.” “Asian women are so hot!”

You might have heard or said these things before – so is it just a matter of “preference” to judge people’s level of sexiness based on their race?

Actually, East Asian women are often desired to the point of being fetishized in Western cultures, while East Asian men are often ignored – and these patterns don’t come out of nowhere.

In this episode of MTV’s Decoded, Franchesca Ramsey shares the disturbing history of these sexual stereotypes, and how they’re still reinforced across pop culture today. Check out this info, and you’ll know why people tend to believe these stereotypes are true – and why you shouldn’t fall for it.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism


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Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Chescaleigh and Chescalocs, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times,, and The BBC. In addition to making YouTube videos, she’s the writer-at-large for and host of the MTV News webseries “Decoded”. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh.