I have a thing for …
This is a line we hear so often from people who date interracially and date exclusively within a certain race. Take me for example: White dude exclusively dating Asian women then someone asks me why I go: "I have a thing for Asian women". Does that statement mean I have a fetish for Asian women? Does it mean I objectify Asian women?
In a recent song Girls" by Chester French, an indie pop band, the song starts off with a declaration "This ain't no fetish, ain’t objectifying no one" and then goes to say in the chorus: "I've got a thing for Black Girls". However, one ReBecca Theodore-Vachon feels that those two statements are contradictory. She feels saying you 'have a thing for' "is indeed objectification" because "you strip" that particular race of women of their "individuality and expect [them] to fulfill certain sexual fetishes based on tired stereotypes" of their female sexuality.
Much as the video is about gay interracial dating – a White woman declaring she has a thing for Black girls ReBecca continues to say: "… any white guy who proclaims he has a 'thing for black girls' isn’t looking for any real or serious emotional connection, i.e. don’t expect to meet his parents anytime soon."
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What do you make of that statement? Do you think someone who claims to have a thing for women (or men) of a particular is just dating interracially solely to satisfy some 'fetish' and doesn't really care about their individuality or being in a serious relationship?
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