ATR 10 – Nov 30, 2005

The backlash against “political correctness.” Why is it happening now and what does it really mean?

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Jen shares the latest and greatest from Mixed Media Watch. An article about Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of girl group The Pussycat Dolls, prompts us to launch a new section of the blog dedicated to tracking the number of times a mixed person is described as “exotic.” What’s wrong with the term? Jen breaks it down.

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Jen and Carmen discuss the feedback they received in response to their monthly Ask New Demographic advice column. An Asian woman married to a white man feels that her girlfriend’s (also Asian) insistence on dating only Asian guys is a subtle critique of her interracial relationship. Did we completely miss the mark with our answer?

Carmen interviews Scott Poulson-Bryant, author of a new book titled Hung : A Meditation on the Measure of Black Men in America. The title “hung” is a double entendre, referring not only to penis size but also to the fact that black men were once literally hung from trees, often for their perceived sexual prowess and the supposed risk it posed to white women. As this book demonstrates, the sexualization of black men is inextricably intertwined with the oppression of black men.

Here’s a look at the next episode:
1) Jen will rant about the obsession with classifying and categorizing mixed people.
2) Mixed Media Watch news round-up.
3) Jen and Carmen face off in a heated debate! Tune in to find out what the controversy is all about.
4) Carmen interviews Robert Jensen, author of a new book titled The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege.

Duration – 55:05
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4 thoughts on “ATR 10 – Nov 30, 2005”

  1. It seems the things that ACTUALLY matter THE most to Americans are those that they refuse to talk openly and honestly about the most.

    These include:

    1) One’s salary
    2) Penis size
    3) IQ
    4) Age (for women)

    In short, despite all the idle rhetoric about glorified humanly intangibles, our vis-a-vis valuation of both ourselves and others still boils down to some pretty mundane metrics here. And we know it too – hence are afraid to address such questions in a simple, factual, objective manner.

    The problem with dodging such issues head-on is that Nature abhors a vacuum and in the absence of reliable, available data – wild hyperbolized stereotypes abound instead.

    For instance, many Americans were initially shocked at the arrival of 7’6″ Yao Ming – believing China instead to be literally a nation of midgets. Some even actually asked if he was the result of Communist genetic engineering! Unbeknownst to them, the average difference in height may only be about an inch – and much of that due to less meat and no dairy in the Chinese diet (vs the US).

    This same analogy can be applied to various other racial stereotypes – where grains of truth too often get stretched into noodles of fiction…

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