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Not that you should ever read Bwog comments, since they are as informative and placating as SFGate comments, but here is one on the Town Hall on Barnard's recognition of sororities:

Anonymous

Two arguments:

1)
Clearly, IGC shouldn’t get money or be allowed to distribute money for members of sororities who are Barnard students and do not pay the appropriate fees.

If this means that sororities stop allowing Barnard students, so be it.
If this means Barnard starts charging students more for the fund, so be it.

2)
As a male CC student, I would only be okay with my money funding Barnard girls if I had received my quota of drunk Barnard-sorority sister sex. But I haven’t. So see above.


Anonymous
Sad, Sad, Sad Asian


Without passing judgment on the first comment, sarcasm or not, why must every guy who cannot get a girl be Asian? It was unprovoked, there was no conversation about race on the whole page, it's simply a comment that came out of nowhere.

Uh. WTF?

8 comments:

  1. Ai-Lin said...
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  2. Ai-Lin said...

    I agree. That comment was really uncalled for.  

  3. WChen said...

    Again, I see what you're saying, but I must emphasize that we should be careful in our readings of things like this. Do we assume that the person made the judgment that the first poster is Asian based solely on his inability to get a girl? Or maybe it's in the way he writes--I know it's stereotyping, but I could totally see an Asian person writing a post like this, just based on the way he makes his argument. I do agree with his argument, and I think he makes it brilliantly. That doesn't, however, change that it feels like it was written by an Asian person.

    Of course, we shouldn't be passing judgment on posters, and the fact that the second poster made it sound like it was bad to be Asian isn't an acceptable thing to do either. Again, though, I just advocate care when dealing with issues like these. We don't want to be another one of those butthurt, easily offended, "uncool", groups. You know what I'm talking about - those Barnard girls who can't take a light Barnard joke, or those religious individuals who can't take an innocent joke about their beliefs, these groups are often ridiculed by people for their rather butthurt nature. We want to do our best to avoid being one of these groups, because then we'll be more accepted by the general public.

    I don't think that we shouldn't talk about these things either. I think it's valuable to have fruitful discussion about things like the societal implications of such a comment. I just caution, however, that we don't want to respond to these posts with comments like "OMG WTF HOW COULD YOU" because that stigmatizes the entire Asian community as a group of people who are too easily offended by jokes, and take themselves too seriously.  

  4. Ai-Lin said...

    Dear WChen,

    First of all, I am so excited to see your posts on theblaaag. I want to apologize for not keeping up with the comments (the 3-month delay in replying... yikes). So, thank you for reading. Secondly, I just want to emphasize that theblaaag (and therefore the contributors, myself included) does not speak for the Asian American community. I oftentimes will rant on emotion as a recent incident might leave me emotionally raw (O yikes, what an image) and questioning the motives of my surrounding. Again, it seems that Belle might be doing the same thing here. We hope to open this space for discussion. And I completely understand your conflicting views regarding how posts are titled, but it's so important to note that we do not speak for the Asian American community. While we do advocate for AA unity, we also have to take into account that individual reflections do not reflect an entire community.

    I'm loving the, albeit short discussion. Thanks for posting!  

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