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Column: Porn industry screws Asian men

It’s no secret that Asian men are getting shafted when it comes to penis stereotypes. The commonly held belief that Asian men possess smaller-than-average penises isn’t helping the less-than-glowing sexual perception Americans have of Asian men, and only one thing can help: porn.
Asian men experience body policing, citing their penises as comparatively smaller to the white baseline, amongst other negative stereotypes. In their misguided and frequently excessive use of the listicle, BuzzFeed tried to combat the small penis, effeminate, nerdy and unathletic stereotypes Asian men experience in their superficial article, “17 Reasons Why Asian American Men (or Any Other Western Asian) Make the Best Boyfriends.”
Other things, like actually dating Asian dudes or, you know, just stopping casual racism, could help, too. According to OKCupid, cursory assessment of online profiles reveals that Asian guys experience an average negative rating by women on the site. One brave man wants to change these perceptions, and he’s taking to the streets — and to porn sets to do it (and a ton of totally willing women).
Jeremy Long is an Asian American student at UC Berkeley School of Law and has an impressive amount of education with him on his quest to bring Asian men out of the darkness and into the spank banks of the masses.
In an interview with The Daily Californian, Long spoke at length about being a unicorn in the porn industry. There are other popular Asian male stars — Keni Styles, who is also a military veteran and talented fighter, is a surprisingly big name — but even with his talent, his 675,000 views pale in comparison to Mandingo’s — a black male porn star — 7.2 million. People are into Asian porn, but it just isn’t as available to the masses as other genres, and Long wants to change that.
In his interview with The Daily Californian, Long stated why there are certain barriers to the production and consumption of producing porn in the genre.
“It’s unique because there’s no other major producers doing this genre,” he said. “There are in Japan, but that’s a completely different situation — they have censorship laws, so they can’t even show genitals. It’s not really marketed for anyone outside of Japan, so you can find it, but you have to look for it.”
The problem isn’t that there isn’t a demand — it’s a continuation of underlying racism and intense stereotyping in America. Several porn stars have stated in interviews that, even in 2015, it is frowned upon and occasionally considered detrimental for white actresses to do interracial scenes. In 2010, interracial marriages in the U.S. represented about 15 percent of all new marriages, more than double the rate in 1980, and those people are presumably (hopefully) having interracial sex.
“There’s no evil guy behind a desk being like, ‘Oh I hate Asians, fuck them,’” Long said. “It just happens based on what’s around (producers), and there aren’t many Asian guys in those circles. The threshold for demand to warrant producing Asian male porn is really low, but to get it going would require them to deviate from what they’ve been doing for years.”
And even though Asian men are available, willing and have porn-quality junk, the man — or in some cases the woman — is keeping them down. Burning Angel, a porn parody company, produced a “Walking Dead” porn parody in 2014 starring a wide cast of the series’ characters, including Korean American Glenn.
How hard is it to find any Asian dude? He doesn’t even have to be Korean, honestly. But no, they cast a skinny, white, not even vaguely Asian man in the role. And then painted him in yellow face and taped his eyes back, because that’s not offensive, right? The argument, according to Burning Angel, is that “Hey, it’s porn – it’s not offensive!”
It is offensive because it is racist and because they ruined a great character by making him look like someone who rolled around in Cheeto dust. Google it, there are safe pictures that you can view. It’s also lazy and just furthers how little effort we as a nation are putting into quality casting, inclusivity and sensitivity.
Jeremy Longs of the world unite — Asians aren’t a fetish, they aren’t effeminate and their penises are totally adequate, damn it. So please America, cum together and make small strokes in combating racism in porn.

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Nick Havey is a junior studying physiology and Spanish. Follow him on Twitter.

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