Not What 'Any Woman Wants'

By: Anushe Noor Faheem, Guest Blogger

*This post originally appeared on Miss Heard and is reprinted with permission from the author

It was yesterday when I read an update to the Julien Blanc case that was really heartbreaking to me. It was the case that started with a video added by a so called "dating expert," Julien Blanc who taught white men that Asian girls, especially Japanese girls, would do anything to be with a white person. In the video he taught that white men could do anything to an Asian girl, even while walking by them. He even did it in the video, which was saddening! He harassed a girl just to give a free hand to white men! Yet this case was highly condemned by women around the world, as a young brave lady, Jennifer Li started the hashtag, “Take Down Julien Blanc” which trended quickly.

Jennifer stood up for the rights of women and asked the world to stand up against a person who promoted rape culture, street harassment, sexism, and racism. She not only took it to social media but also contacted different governments to cancel his programs and now she has the Australian government on her side, as Blanc’s visa wasn’t approved and he was banned from the hotels there. This was an achievement not only for Li but for every girl who has been a victim of rape, street harassment, and racism. She proved to Blanc that he was making a wrong move and he was dealing with the wrong people.

I write right now to tell the world that, it’s not that she stood for Asian girls, she stood for every girl. I support Li not because I’m from Asia, I support her because everything Blanc promotes affects girls all around the world! If we don’t stand up now, maybe someday I’ll be that girl who’s harassed just because she’s Asian. I wrote to tell the world that this stereotype- that Asian women desire to be with a white man- is wrong. It’s not about the color of your skin, what matters is what lies within.

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I write to tell the white men who believe in Blanc’s words that what he teaches is wrong. He tells you to scare to a girl! He doesn’t teach you how to love, he teaches how to be hated and feared! So all those men who follow Julien Blanc, I take this chance to request you to stop following such steps just because you search for someone to love. You can’t find love with the help of a dating expert, it’s a process that just happens eventually. You don’t need people like Blanc make someone be with you, you just need to be you, because there is someone who loves what you are. Harassing an Asian girl won’t find you love, it’ll only give you hate!

I not only write in support of Jennifer Li, but I also write in support to the men who are being misguided by people like Julien Blanc. I don’t know, how many Blancs exist in this world, but to them I’d say, there is always a Li for you!

I’ll also take this chance to ask everyone to support Jennifer Li alongside me as I use the hashtag, “I Support Jennifer Li.’ I hope that my message gets you, the men who follow Blanc, and also to girls, who are a victim, that we all are with them.

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About Anushe

anushe.jpgI’m a teenager and am eager about social issues majorly the ones of women and children rights. Currently also contributing to Global Voices as a bridge blogger (http://globalvoicesonline.org/author/anushenoor/. ). Tweets as  @AnusheNoor.  A music lover and listen to almost all genres. Hobbies include singing, reading and writing and sometimes dancing. 

 

It was yesterday when I read an update to the Julien Blanc case that was really heartbreaking to me. It was the case that started with a video added by a so called ‘dating expert’, Julien Blanc who taught white men that Asian girls, especially Japanese girls, would do anything to be with a white person. In the video he taught that white men could do anything to an Asian girl, even while walking by them. He even did it in the video, which was saddening! He harassed a girl just to give a free hand to white men! Yet this case was highly condemned by women around the world, as a young brave lady, Jennifer Li started the hashtag, “Take Down Julien Blanc” which trended quickly.

Jennifer, stood up for the rights of women and asked the world to stand up against a person who promoted rape culture, street harassment, sexism and racism. She not only took it to social media but also contacted different governments to cancel his programs and now she has the Australian government on her side, as Blanc’s visa wasn’t approved and the hotels there never allowed him to stay. This was an achievement not only for Li but for every girl who has been a victim of rape, street harassment and racism. She proved to Blanc that he was making a wrong move and he was dealing with the wrong hand.

I write right now to tell the world that, it’s not that she stood for Asian girls, she stood for every girl. I support Li not because I’m from Asia, I support her because everything Blanc promotes affects girls all around the world! If we don’t stand up now, maybe someday I’ll be that girl who’s harassed just because she’s Asian. I wrote to tell the world that this stereotype- that Asian women desire to be with a white man- is wrong. It’s not about which colour your skin is, what matters is what lies within. I write to tell the white men who believe in Blanc’s words that what he teaches is wrong. He tells you to scare to a girl! He doesn’t teach you how to love, he teaches how to be hated and feared! So all those men who follow Julien Blanc, I take this chance to request you to stop following such steps just because you search for someone to love. You can’t find love with the help of a dating expert, it’s a process that just happens eventually. You don’t need people like Blanc make someone be with you, you just need to be you, because there is someone who loves what you are. Harassing an Asian girl won’t find you love, it’ll only give you hate!

I not only write in support of Jennifer Li, but I also write in support to the men who are being misguided by people like Julien Blanc. I don’t know, how many Blancs exist in this world, but to them I’d say, there is always a Li for you!

I’ll also take this chance to ask everyone to support Jennifer Li along me as I use the hashtag, “I Support Jennifer Li.’ I hope that my message gets you, the men who follow Blanc, and also to girls, who are a victim, that we all are with them.

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/not-what-any-woman-wants-anushenoorfaheem/#sthash.NTHjoe43.dpuf

It was yesterday when I read an update to the Julien Blanc case that was really heartbreaking to me. It was the case that started with a video added by a so called ‘dating expert’, Julien Blanc who taught white men that Asian girls, especially Japanese girls, would do anything to be with a white person. In the video he taught that white men could do anything to an Asian girl, even while walking by them. He even did it in the video, which was saddening! He harassed a girl just to give a free hand to white men! Yet this case was highly condemned by women around the world, as a young brave lady, Jennifer Li started the hashtag, “Take Down Julien Blanc” which trended quickly.

Jennifer, stood up for the rights of women and asked the world to stand up against a person who promoted rape culture, street harassment, sexism and racism. She not only took it to social media but also contacted different governments to cancel his programs and now she has the Australian government on her side, as Blanc’s visa wasn’t approved and the hotels there never allowed him to stay. This was an achievement not only for Li but for every girl who has been a victim of rape, street harassment and racism. She proved to Blanc that he was making a wrong move and he was dealing with the wrong hand.

I write right now to tell the world that, it’s not that she stood for Asian girls, she stood for every girl. I support Li not because I’m from Asia, I support her because everything Blanc promotes affects girls all around the world! If we don’t stand up now, maybe someday I’ll be that girl who’s harassed just because she’s Asian. I wrote to tell the world that this stereotype- that Asian women desire to be with a white man- is wrong. It’s not about which colour your skin is, what matters is what lies within. I write to tell the white men who believe in Blanc’s words that what he teaches is wrong. He tells you to scare to a girl! He doesn’t teach you how to love, he teaches how to be hated and feared! So all those men who follow Julien Blanc, I take this chance to request you to stop following such steps just because you search for someone to love. You can’t find love with the help of a dating expert, it’s a process that just happens eventually. You don’t need people like Blanc make someone be with you, you just need to be you, because there is someone who loves what you are. Harassing an Asian girl won’t find you love, it’ll only give you hate!

I not only write in support of Jennifer Li, but I also write in support to the men who are being misguided by people like Julien Blanc. I don’t know, how many Blancs exist in this world, but to them I’d say, there is always a Li for you!

I’ll also take this chance to ask everyone to support Jennifer Li along me as I use the hashtag, “I Support Jennifer Li.’ I hope that my message gets you, the men who follow Blanc, and also to girls, who are a victim, that we all are with them.

- See more at: http://missheardmagazine.com/not-what-any-woman-wants-anushenoorfaheem/#sthash.NTHjoe43.dpuf

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