I cringe every time someone uses the word exotic. Why? Because it is so blatantly Eurocentric. When someone uses this word, that person is basically referring to *people who are not white* thus categorizing people as either white or not white. Or in other words, “normal” and…
Do we have to explain why that’s not OK or cool and how I, as a WOMAN and OF COLOR will not goddamn name myself an Exotic, let alone in alleged appreciation of boygroup consisting of Asian guys in an Asian pop music genre? Like do…
Honestly I don’t even see a problem with it. So what if your a woman and of color?
Exotic means foreign, strange, different, and can even be used as something with a strange beauty. Last I checked, beauty was a positive thing. And it stating strange beauy tbh makes me feel more fucking unique. Oh, isn’t unique a good thing too?
It’s not racist or sexist. And I feel it fits because have you all ever payed attention to this fandom? IT’S DIFFERENT. I have never seen a fandom have as many jokes as EXOtics do, have so many weird ass gifs as EXOtics do, and certainly there are some weird, weird blogs out there ran by EXOtics. The name FITS US.
What’s so offensive about it? Personally, I find nothing of it offensive, nor will I ever. I think it should stay and become an official fandom name.
It IS racist and sexist, that wasn’t up for argument, not that you made any legitimate counter points other than merely state “It ISN’T racist or sexist”. If anything, you proved my point.
The exotification of people of color, specifically women of color, has been historically used to undermine them, other them, and to justify their gendered and racialized abuse, specifically in a sexual manner. Asian women are heavily victimized by this word by a Western gaze that sees them as subservient, weird, out there, sexually exploitable and available (me love u long time! Thai sex workers!), collectible, like birds of paradise. As a Caribbean Latina, I know I’ve been exotified as the “Island Jungle bird of paradise” woman (who isn’t just like, African American, because that’s boring, she’s ISLAND BLACK! Whoa! That’s some racism-within-racism Inception racism there.) In Australia, the Aboriginal were literally considered “flora and fauna”, as in NON-HUMANS PART OF THE EXOTIC WILDS OF AUSTRALIA, up until the fucking 70’s.
These ways of viewing different groups of people of color go had in hand with justifying their dismissal and abuse, and frankly, while I love to be acknowledged for my race and my identity and respect as such, and I’m OK with people going “Hey, that’s neat, I respect and admire your culture”, I DON’T want to be othered or exotified to this negative end. I am not a damn bird of paradise, and even birds of paradise are just normal creatures where they come from. When my alleged “uniqueness” is twisted in this manner, it is NOT positive. Frankly, I’m not white enough to appreciate this problematic gaze being put on me, because while it might seem “COOL” to a person who hasn’t been racially exotified like this to experience it, it isn’t when you have been and you understand and have felt and seen their deeper implications.
And so, considering that, being that EXO is a group of Asian guys and I am a woman of color, I don’t want to put the historically problematic and backwards label “Exotic” on myself OR them, as people of color.
Also calm down, Western EXO fandom is the same as any Western Kpop fandom, there’s nothing specifically exceptional or “unique” about it. I have fun in this fandom, but that’s mostly because my friends and I make our own inside jokes and fun and know how to handle ourselves, the bulk of the fandom is just as obsessive and defensive and ignorant as any other, as you’ve proven yourself with this reblog and your URL.