Ethan, a 20-year-old college student, posed as a 16-year-old girl named Esther using Snapchat’s popular new “gender swap ” filter, and ended up catching Robert Davies, 40, in trying to solicit “Esther” for a hookup, according to NBC Bay Area. Davies, a San Mateo, CA, police officer, was arrested for contacting a minor to commit a felony, per the San Jose Police Department. Unwittingly, Ethan also gave us the Asian representation we never knew we needed.
Because Ethan/Esther is Asian, there is another layer to the story. Asian people have long been infantilized and told that we appear more youthful than we are, which plays a role in the fetishization of Asian women, who are often stereotyped as submissive and exotic. (Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Asian women rank high in desirability on dating sites.) These stereotypes can lead to harm: Asian fetishization has long fueled a flow of Westerners into Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia and Thailand for the purpose of sex tourism, in which child trafficking and sexual abuse are rampant. And, there has been a long history of sexual colonization of women in East …read more