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On Tuesday night, a year-old man named Robert Aaron Long allegedly went on a deadly rampage at three Atlanta spas, killing eight people, including six Asian women. This idea is ludicrous to many who have observed the surge in racist violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic: in the past year, there have been 3, reported incidents of anti-Asian violence, roughly of which took place during alone, according to the group Stop AAPI Hate. Women make up the vast majority of those attacked. And some argue that it is equally absurd to exclude discussion of anti-sex-work sentiment from the conversation about these most recent attacks on the Asian community. Advocates say this reveals the way racism, sexism and anti-sex-work sentiment work together to produce anti-Asian violence: no matter what, they say, his crime was ultimately one against sex workers. The conflation of massage parlors and sex workers without any nuance is very specific to anti-Asian racism against Asian women.
Sex among Asian men and women: the Global Better Sex Survey in Asia
Methods: To qualify, respondents must have had sexual intercourse at least once in the past 12 months. Women must have had heterosexual intercourse. Data were weighted by population size between countries. The majority were married or in a relationship. Men and women reported having sexual intercourse 5.
I was too busy thinking about what I know of the immigrant Asian women who often work in those types of businesses — how harsh their work conditions often are, how lonely and difficult it can be for them to adapt to a new country. I pictured the many Asian nail technicians, massage therapists and other service workers I had encountered over the years — chatty, warm, friendly women who were happy to talk to you about their hometowns or give you relationship advice if you asked them. I thought of the friends I had whose mothers had owned nail or hair salons. The empathy I felt for them, the rage I felt on their behalf — none of that was predicated on their profession. Once that admission became public — and even before — many people were talking about sex workers, albeit some in respectful ways.