Greetings!  My name is Nomin, and I’m an angry Mongolian/Chinese/American woman interning at the Feminist Press.  We’re a small publishing house dedicated to printing books by, for, and about women, feminists, and marginalized groups. 
It’s Selfie Summer over at the FP tumblr!  If you submit a selfie of you doing something feminist or just plain rad, you could win a FREE Feminist Press book, like The Riot Grrl Collection, which has been helping me channel some third-wave rage all day.
So come on over to the FP tumblr for some feminist awesomeness (did I mention the chance to win FREE BOOKS?), and check out our official website for even more awesome books and resources.

Greetings!  My name is Nomin, and I’m an angry Mongolian/Chinese/American woman interning at the Feminist Press.  We’re a small publishing house dedicated to printing books by, for, and about women, feminists, and marginalized groups. 

It’s Selfie Summer over at the FP tumblr!  If you submit a selfie of you doing something feminist or just plain rad, you could win a FREE Feminist Press book, like The Riot Grrl Collection, which has been helping me channel some third-wave rage all day.

So come on over to the FP tumblr for some feminist awesomeness (did I mention the chance to win FREE BOOKS?), and check out our official website for even more awesome books and resources.

One time I had a man come up to me and ask me: “If I were to go to your country and order something to eat, what would it be?”

It was the most roundabout way someone has ever asked “what kind of Asian are you?” that I’ve encountered so far.

I’m Thai and proud, sir.



I love the idea of Asian Face Appreciation Day, but not the reality that some faces are more accepted than others. I’ve been mistaken for Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Latina…….basically anything but Filipina. And I’m not exactly a size 5, either. And I know a lot of Filipino elders (mostly women) call me ‘balasang’ which pretty much means ‘lady’, and implies that I’m pretty, but because I have have an appealing face?  Or because I’m lighter-skinned than other Filipinas?

Fuck.  Just……fuck.

Shout out to all my AAG’s expanding on their parents’ definitions of happiness and success!  From mental health to education, there are many choices we make that our parents may not understand, but I’m proud of the way we all continue to perservere.  There are many lessons we can learn from our parents’ journies, but never think that your own isn’t important!

Shout out to all my AAG’s expanding on their parents’ definitions of happiness and success!  From mental health to education, there are many choices we make that our parents may not understand, but I’m proud of the way we all continue to perservere.  There are many lessons we can learn from our parents’ journies, but never think that your own isn’t important!

My innocent looking face with 사과머리 is ready to be founder of the anti-koreaboo spray and the new water company selling ‘bottled white male tears’

My innocent looking face with 사과머리 is ready to be founder of the anti-koreaboo spray and the new water company selling ‘bottled white male tears’

afad could possibly be my favourite day of the year, i love seeing all these beautiful faces spouting confidence and no bullshit attitudes. 

afad could possibly be my favourite day of the year, i love seeing all these beautiful faces spouting confidence and no bullshit attitudes. 

My baby brother & I at SF pride

My baby brother & I at SF pride

PROUD, PROUD FILIPINA, 19. I can’t stress enough how many times this past year alone I have been fetishized and dehumanized for being Asian. In fact one of my “friends” has long since stripped me of my name only to shout “ASIAN!” whenever he sees me, despite that I’m not the only Asian person he hangs around with in school+he very well knows my name. He’s tried to bite me. He has grabbed my hips and otherwise inappropriately touched me many times. One time it was at Subway’s. Subway’s. 
The first few weeks of college, I was introduced to this 29 year old guy who made it a point to get my number and on my first phone call with him he admitted to having had a “thing” for Filipino girls. Of course, that definitely turned me away from him. Then he was quick to point out that I was not making it easy for him to get to know me. Gee, I wonder why? I, on the other hand, have gotten to know him well; he wants to be with an Asian girl. To him, Asian women—“I don’t know. There’s just something about them.” A conversation we shared at Wendy’s (I don’t like to eat on campus, could you tell?) divulged into him putting Asian Women on this pedestal that has since made me very, very uncomfortable. He loves to put Asian decor in his 3D model designs (He, of course, isn’t Asian and had to ask me COUNTLESS times advice on his model for what would make it more Asian-looking). He has grabbed my ass and thighs multiple times and demanded sex from me on multiple occasions. Sometimes, even when we’re next to another one of my older male comrades. Needless to say; I don’t want to be his Asian sex toy. Thanks.
College has been one hell of a ride for me. I go to an art school and I’m a Game Art and Design Major. I do 2D and 3D art, I even write and do poetry. I’m supposed to be here to prepare to break into the industry; laptop and canvas ablaze! When I first entered this school I thought I would get along with everyone here. I knew there would be people making art to carry messages they believed in. And I figured I could resonate with that awareness and passion. In fact I once thought could share in my problems as a feminist with racism, sexism, and fetishization. Instead, I was the very one being fetishized and treated with racist stereotypes. A man I really liked at one point declared he strongly believed in all sorts of stereotypes. He, a white man, as well as a mixed MOC “friend” of mine, also declared that there is “NO SUCH THING AS RACISM.”
So thankyou, you ignorant, fetishizing shitbags. Yes I am mad. Yes I am fucking angry. Because as long as these people think that stereotypes and discrimination will go away so long as you turn a blind eye, there will always be a Hydra-like monster feeding systematic oppression into the world. Thank you “friends” who fight against everything I believe in. Thank you sexist fucks who only view me as a non-human toy for you to touch and re-name. Thank you for discrediting me for my personal experiences because you sorry asses are the very ones who perpetuate them, even in college. xoxo, I-Way-Way‏
PROUD, PROUD FILIPINA, 19.

I can’t stress enough how many times this past year alone I have been fetishized and dehumanized for being Asian. In fact one of my “friends” has long since stripped me of my name only to shout “ASIAN!” whenever he sees me, despite that I’m not the only Asian person he hangs around with in school+he very well knows my name. He’s tried to bite me. He has grabbed my hips and otherwise inappropriately touched me many times. One time it was at Subway’s. Subway’s. 

The first few weeks of college, I was introduced to this 29 year old guy who made it a point to get my number and on my first phone call with him he admitted to having had a “thing” for Filipino girls. Of course, that definitely turned me away from him. Then he was quick to point out that I was not making it easy for him to get to know me. Gee, I wonder why? I, on the other hand, have gotten to know him well; he wants to be with an Asian girl. To him, Asian women—“I don’t know. There’s just something about them.” A conversation we shared at Wendy’s (I don’t like to eat on campus, could you tell?) divulged into him putting Asian Women on this pedestal that has since made me very, very uncomfortable. He loves to put Asian decor in his 3D model designs (He, of course, isn’t Asian and had to ask me COUNTLESS times advice on his model for what would make it more Asian-looking). He has grabbed my ass and thighs multiple times and demanded sex from me on multiple occasions. Sometimes, even when we’re next to another one of my older male comrades. Needless to say; I don’t want to be his Asian sex toy. Thanks.

College has been one hell of a ride for me. I go to an art school and I’m a Game Art and Design Major. I do 2D and 3D art, I even write and do poetry. I’m supposed to be here to prepare to break into the industry; laptop and canvas ablaze! When I first entered this school I thought I would get along with everyone here. I knew there would be people making art to carry messages they believed in. And I figured I could resonate with that awareness and passion. In fact I once thought could share in my problems as a feminist with racism, sexism, and fetishization.

Instead, I was the very one being fetishized and treated with racist stereotypes. A man I really liked at one point declared he strongly believed in all sorts of stereotypes. He, a white man, as well as a mixed MOC “friend” of mine, also declared that there is “NO SUCH THING AS RACISM.”

So thankyou, you ignorant, fetishizing shitbags.

Yes I am mad. Yes I am fucking angry. Because as long as these people think that stereotypes and discrimination will go away so long as you turn a blind eye, there will always be a Hydra-like monster feeding systematic oppression into the world. Thank you “friends” who fight against everything I believe in. Thank you sexist fucks who only view me as a non-human toy for you to touch and re-name. Thank you for discrediting me for my personal experiences because you sorry asses are the very ones who perpetuate them, even in college.

xoxo, I-Way-Way‏

AFAD for july is officially closed!

thanks for submitting! i had 3 submissions in the inbox when i woke up this morning, so i’ll queue those, but any submissions sent after that will be scheduled for next month’s AFAD.

-jannat

This is a photo of me at my graduation from an art college in Chicago recently.  Even in a place where I had hoped people would be a little less shitty than “the rest of the world,” there was still straight up homophobia, racism, micro aggressions, fetishizations and bullshit eight days a week. Still managed to enjoy graduating without those people ruining it though :) 
Happy AFAD Everyone! 

This is a photo of me at my graduation from an art college in Chicago recently.  Even in a place where I had hoped people would be a little less shitty than “the rest of the world,” there was still straight up homophobia, racism, micro aggressions, fetishizations and bullshit eight days a week. Still managed to enjoy graduating without those people ruining it though :) 

Happy AFAD Everyone! 

Happy AFAD to all the fierce, strong, and kickass members of our Tumblr community <3
Cheers to women empowerment in all ways. No one gets to dictate what a feminist looks like or how a feminist should act. No one gets to tell me that my opinions and beliefs don’t matter. And if anyone tries, we’ll show them the door.
-Juliet

Happy AFAD to all the fierce, strong, and kickass members of our Tumblr community <3

Cheers to women empowerment in all ways. No one gets to dictate what a feminist looks like or how a feminist should act. No one gets to tell me that my opinions and beliefs don’t matter. And if anyone tries, we’ll show them the door.

-Juliet

While I was learning how to skate my friend ran behind me and yelled &#8220;SKATE FASTER THE WHITE PATRIARCHY IS BEHIND YOU AND IT WANTS YOUR RIGHTS&#8221;
Don&#8217;t ask me to give you a ride, we don&#8217;t owe you anything.

While I was learning how to skate my friend ran behind me and yelled “SKATE FASTER THE WHITE PATRIARCHY IS BEHIND YOU AND IT WANTS YOUR RIGHTS”

Don’t ask me to give you a ride, we don’t owe you anything.

pictured: rare footage of an asian person being fed up with white nonsense
(it&#8217;s not actually that rare but play along with me)
(happy afad)

pictured: rare footage of an asian person being fed up with white nonsense
(it’s not actually that rare but play along with me)
(happy afad)

"Oh, please. Do tell me more about how much you love kpop and why I should care.&#8221;

"Oh, please. Do tell me more about how much you love kpop and why I should care.”

Filipina. The topic of fetishization isn&#8217;t being addressed enough to younger people, I know a guy who would treat me as if I&#8217;m sexually submissive. He even asked me to &#8220;act more asian, speak asian, wear glasses, be submissive&#8221; to get him off. (Keep in mind I&#8217;m only in high school) &amp; of course I resented him! I was disgusted, and sadly that wasn&#8217;t only experience with being fetishized. Got issues perverted white boy?

Filipina. The topic of fetishization isn’t being addressed enough to younger people, I know a guy who would treat me as if I’m sexually submissive. He even asked me to “act more asian, speak asian, wear glasses, be submissive” to get him off. (Keep in mind I’m only in high school) & of course I resented him! I was disgusted, and sadly that wasn’t only experience with being fetishized. 
Got issues perverted white boy?