The backlash on Reddit and Instagram highlights the toxic rise of the masculine movement in Asia

Relationships are tough – especially when the public is captivated by your every move. Such is the case with gymnast Sunisa Lee, an Olympic gold medalist and freshman at Auburn University, who recently announced her new relationship status with Jaylin Smith, who is black and plays football at USC. But a picture of the couple on Instagram has been caught a lot hate messages Who is that Lee? Hmong Myhad to disable comments on the post.

Men’s Rights Asians, or “MRAsians” (a play about Men’s Rights activists), are a subculture that harasses and terrorizes anyone who threatens masculinity. their.

The backlash to interracial relationships is not new, nor is it unique to Hmong or Asia. Criticisms of Suni Lee are complex, reflecting multifaceted prejudices and at times conflicting with the concerns of the broader Asian American community. But at at least some of her critics come from a particularly virulent movement in the Asian community. And the kind of ethnic sexism they perpetuate is pervasive online as a minority of Asian men clearly feel possessive over Asian women.

Men’s Rights Asians, or “MRAsians” (a play about Men’s Rights activists), are a subculture that harasses and terrorizes anyone who threatens masculinity. their gender – mainly Asian (and non-linear) women. Actress Constance WuWriter Celeste Ng and activists Eileen Huang all spoke out about their experiences with MRAsian-led online harassment, which may include doxxing and even threats of violence.

Reddit in particular has proven to be a fertile platform for these groups, with topics like r/AZNIdentity and r/AsianMasculinity, a subreddit of TheRedPill, garnering tens of thousands of followers.

Historically, Asian men in Western cultures have had to deal with perversion media description and the stereotypes that make them permanent alien or relentless nerd. These perceptions have created prejudices affecting Asian men at work and even in their romantic lives. Their frustration is understandable. But instead of building solidarity with their female colleagues – who have to fight their own prejudices imposed by white supremacy – the MRAs reinforce false views. , weaponizes the statistics against Asian women. One such argument is the idea that because Asian women have history is objectified and revered, they have more advantages in society. In fact, Asian women have experienced almost 70 percent of all crimes against Asians reported in 2020, and Asian women report high rates of sexual and intimate partner violence.

The Atlanta spa shooter of 2021 – who killed eight people, including six Asian women – was to blame for a “Sex addict” because of his violence, promotes lust in Asian women. But MRA people equate sexual desire with power. According to this erroneous view, Asian women choosing non-Asian mates undermines Asian men’s right to self-determination, enhances their calculus, and thus enhances the supremacy of men. White skin. Taking this thought process a step further, Asian women who date outside of their communities are “racial traitors.”

Ironically, MRAsians celebrate Asian white male/female relationships. Actor Steven Yeun, known for his role as Glenn in “The Walking Dead”, is considered a inspirational sex symbol and is considered “Asia’s Great Hope“By some male Asian fans because of the character’s relationship with a white woman. (Yeun is self-aware of being flustered by the compliments, telling New York Times“It’s as thin as paper – you’re asking Asian men to be validated by their chastity, and you’re basically saying that I can only feel like a man if I’m with a woman. white woman, that’s just a terrible thing to think.”)

The backlash to Suni Lee’s relationship also highlights the high level of anti-Black People among MRAs – as well as others corner of the Asian community. MRAsian’s posts on Reddit questioned whether Motion of Black Lives Matters focused on anti-Asian hatred and incorrectly stated that Most perpetrators of hate crimes in Asia are black (Studies show that 3/4 attackers in recent anti-Asian hate crimes was white.)

The backlash against Sunni Lee’s ties also highlights the high levels of anti-Black People among MRAs – as well as in other corners of the Asian community.

We never want to give incel or misogynist groups more power than they deserve. And, of course, the MRA is just a small subculture in the Asian community (although the MRA will likely claim “any attack on them is an attack on all Asian men.” “). However, I think it is important to share how dangerous these views are and the hatred they express. MRAsians are now speaking on various online platforms, presenting their malicious views on YouTube, in podcasts, and on TikTok, giving them a place in mainstream culture.

Social media is a wonderful thing, but it can easily be weaponized. I know I’ll probably be hunted by social media avatars that don’t have a face for this piece; there will be assumptions made about my dating history and supposed love of white men, even though I’ve been with my Asian partner for over a decade. I clearly have no problem with Asian men.

What I encountered was men who felt possessive over women (or non-binary ones), and harassment these women have to endure on social media because of. Based on Slate’s Profile on MRAsians, the official guide to r/aznidentity before provided users with tips on anonymous harassment on Twitter – before edit their rules three months ago to sound more comprehensive. I want to believe that the team has changed. I guess we’ll find out.

Like most men’s rights advocates, MRAsians also see Asian feminism is defamation of Asian men. Not only do the MRAs attack Asian women dating outside of their race, they also oppose feminists who advocate for equal pay, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and rights. of sex workers. MRAsians have threatened Asian feminists, causing a chilling effect. According to a study by Johns Hopkins University At issue, this effect allows for “the political eradication of Asian-American women through the normalization of gender-based violence online.” In the long run, this harms the advancement of Asian feminism and women in general.

Ultimately, there is still no clear solution to the friction between MRAs and Asian women. There will always be men who believe they are the real victims, even when they openly harass and threaten us. We can only continue call out Asian behavior and do not allow these kinds of actions to be normalized in society. The backlash on Reddit and Instagram highlights the toxic rise of the masculine movement in Asia

Jake Nichol

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