Women who have no Asian male friends or interactions are limited to societal and media portrayal of Asian men which isn't flattering.Remember, it was just January of this year when comedian Steve Harvey joked about how no one would want to date Asian men. And now with the proliferation of online dating apps and websites, it can be even more daunting.
The most prominent one I can recall was Jet Li's character in the 2000 movie, "Romeo Must Die" where he was initially to kiss the late Aaliyah but the ending was re-scripted to a hug when producers feared mainstream American audiences would find the kiss too uncomfortable.
(MTV News' webseries has a good — and educating — rundown of this history.) This is where the "tiny Asian penis" jokes on our talk shows, playgrounds and Oscar stages come from.
It’s the legacy of deliberate discrimination in our country’s history, just as the hypersexualization of black men has its damaging roots in slavery. Without even getting into the more life-threatening ramifications of sexual stereotyping, there's ample statistical and anecdotal evidence that black and Asian men take a hit in the dating pool because of perception bias.
Sure some may work out, hit the weights and look strong but they lament that women do judge a book by its cover.
In essence, they find this world of online dating extremely limiting because of the limits placed on them by America's standard of beauty.