Being a person with common sense as well as a member of the African Diaspora I know that “Asian Sex” is a myth similar to “Black Sex.”
We are talking about the two largest continents on Earth plus related islands. It is impossible, with such large land masses and populations, that the people would all have the same sexual attitudes, morals, fetishes, taboos, etc… That being said it bring to question how did these sexual stereotypes form. As far as my research can tell these stereotypes are the result European missionaries, explorers, diplomats, military personnel, etc.. fetishising, misunderstanding and/or out right biases against sexual attitudes and practices different (foreign) to their own cultures. This is coupled with these Europeans limited exposure to people from across all religious, ethnic and tribal groups on these continents. Not proven but also suggested is that some of the these initial stereotypes might be the result of fabricated stories of sexual conquest (male bragging) or romanticizing #RapeCulture.
It’s because of this history that I am pleased to hear about the series “Mercy Mistress.” Because, to my knowledge, this is the first series that allows Asian women to define their own sexuality.
Cho, actor Poppy Liu, and Yin Q, the BDSM master whose memoir serves as the inspiration for the show, stopped by BuzzFeed News’ morning show AM to DM on Monday to chat about the series with reporter Hayes Brown.
YIN Q, CREATOR/WRITER & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Yin Q is a BDSM educator, ritualist, and creator/writer of Mercy Mistress. Their writing can be found in BUST, Chance Magazine, A Womens Thing, Afro-Asia, Apogee Journal, and various other online sites that promote sex positive, pro-feminist work. Yin Q has been a sex work activist for over two decades with the strong belief that when we decriminalize and uplift the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, we assure the safety of all. Follow on IG and FB.
Margaret Cho Hopes The BDSM Web Series She’s Producing Shatters Stereotypes About Asian Women’s Sexuality
“[The] one way we as Asian women have been able to have agency and control of the narrative [is] that we have to assume these tropes like Dragon Lady, like the Lotus Blossom, like the Delicate Flower,” Cho said.