... and keeping with the conversation I was having with myself about race, this video (who popped up in my youtube suggestions, because of course) made me think again about that gap that we keep seeing everyday in culture: why cannot men who do not conform to the notion imposed by the mainstream media of 'sexy' be sexy? I call bullshit.
There are many, many men that society (and I think that the subset of gay men is even more prone to this) basically emasculates just because they don't fulfill an European ideal of beauty that stinks of colonialism and racism. The whitewashing of desire needs to end. I, for example, am all for objectifying any man, as long as he is sexy. Of course, to be considered 'sexy' the object of our lust must be prized as such by society at large. Isn't that true? We covet what's coveted. And let's be honest, Asian men are not that coveted in gay circles. A cursory look at Tumblr or Blogger will tell you that: most men put up to be ogled are NOT Asian. Especially White, and then Latin and Black men (to a lesser extent) are more objectified at a higher scale than Asian men by a big margin.
So when it comes to desire, Asian men are not perceived the same way that white men are. According to my very impressionistic scale, for what I've seen while roaming the interwebs looking for hot 'inspiration' the pecking order is: White men, Latin men, Black men, Asian men. Latin and Black men are still markedly less 'promoted' in gay porn and considered more 'niche' than White men, but they still carry the idea of being considered somehow more of a sex object than Asian men. Is it because of the stereotype of Asian men being more passive? Of being somehow shorter/less bulkier? Of being less hung?
But if we look a little bit closer, we notice that most times this pecking order (no pun intended) is tied somehow to colonialism: men in parts of the world that have been colonized by Europeans (or have been in war with Western countries) tend to have a lower erotic value than well, White men. Don't believe me? Have you noticed that somehow men associated with countries where colonization has taken place do not place higher in the prestige of dick? Japanese men, Indian men, Korean men, Chinese men. Or men who have features that can be considered to be ethnically related to an Asian country colonized by Europeans, or somehow below European influence, rank low in the scale of desire.