More South Asian babes please


by Rumbold
29th April, 2008 at 11:31 am    

Or so says Ariane Sherine over at Comment is Free:

“It’s official: Asian women are less sexy than Gordon Brown in a fishmongers’ bin, with bits of dried haddock clinging to forehead. At least, that’s according to FHM’s highly-scientific annual 100 Famous Women Who Are Willing To Take Their Clothes Off For Lads’ Mags poll, which this week included no Asian women whatsoever for the 894th time…

Asian women make up a significant proportion of the UK’s population, but only one is considered a sex symbol, while the rest are largely seen as unavailable, sexless and unautonomous. No, a slot in a sexist lads’ mag poll isn’t going to change this, and I’d never advocate trying to snare one, but it would at least be a sign that Asian women weren’t sexually invisible. On a practical level, if there were more young Asian women on UK television, and if young female British Asian talents like Nerina Pallot and Kia Abdullah were as celebrated as they could be, maybe we’d begin to see British Asian women in a more positive, integrated and “non-oppressed” way.”

An example of the type of lady Miss Sherine was thinking about:

Sunny adds: Ariane Sherine’s blog is here, by the way.


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  1. ZinZin — on 29th April, 2008 at 11:43 am  

    Is this your infamous Richard Desmond impersonation?

  2. Rumbold — on 29th April, 2008 at 11:49 am  

    Heh Zin Zin. It provided an excuse to put up a picture of Priyanka Chopra.

  3. Leon — on 29th April, 2008 at 11:52 am  

    Asian women are less sexy

    Clearly whoever put that together is mad. Asian women are the best looking there is! :D

  4. Sid — on 29th April, 2008 at 12:09 pm  

    more gratuitious pictures of Priyanka Chopra please.

  5. Nav — on 29th April, 2008 at 12:11 pm  

    I wholeheartedly give my backing to this initiative in the erm, hope that erm, Asian women become less “invisible”…

    Just put some more pictures of hot girls up!

  6. sonia — on 29th April, 2008 at 12:30 pm  

    as if being rated ‘sex symbol’ by a magazine is something to aspire to?

    Is that the way people measure being sexy? We really are living in media madness if people think that. and that’s the problem : people do, believe that reality is Heat magazine. or something.

    Media reality is now equal to our reality?

  7. sonia — on 29th April, 2008 at 12:32 pm  

    I’d say real life is much more the thing. and people love brown skin here, “asian women” if you want to lump us in like that, are very much appreciated aesthetically.

  8. Ravi Naik — on 29th April, 2008 at 12:36 pm  

    “as if being rated ’sex symbol’ by a magazine is something to aspire to?

    yep.

  9. Rohin — on 29th April, 2008 at 12:48 pm  

    Come on, you can find better pictures of Priyanka Chopra than that! Admittedly few are SFW.

    So Ariane (who, and I can say this whilst sticking to the point, is quite foxy herself) thinks the fact that less Asian women are into glamour modelling (a la lads mags’ favourites Abi Titmuss or Keeley Hazell) or international megastars (a la FHM poll favourites Kiera Knightley, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry etc) has nothing to do with it?

    However, I do feel she has a point in that Brits don’t think of Asian women as inherently hot. That’s neither bad nor good.

    Maxim recently ran a piece on the hottest Bollywood babes and whilst their choices were pretty obvious (and largely guided by their Indian office, hence putting fucking Aishwariya Rai at the top…zzz) it was still a pretty exotified affair. AskMen also put Aishwariya high in a global beauty poll.

    That is how the British public used to regard Asian women in general, exotic and mysterious. Now that most people interact with Asian women, that stereotype has been replaced with one based to a greater extent in the truth, that Asian women are less sexually available.

    Many British Asian families are insufferable prudes and would disapprove of their daughters posing for lads’ mags. I am an insufferable prude and I enjoy Asians being thought of as conservative. My Mum thinks I’ve settled down too early and used to tell me to sow my wild oats with lots of girls.

    In life, you can never win.

  10. Dalbir — on 29th April, 2008 at 1:17 pm  

    So, Asian women’s failure to “get them out for the lads” makes them unsexy now?

    This piece is hilarious – it seems to imply that women must cavort in their undies in lads mags to be “positive, integrated and non-oppressed”.

    Asian women are some of the most beautiful around.

  11. Leon — on 29th April, 2008 at 1:21 pm  

    Asian women are some of the most beautiful around.

    Not ‘some’, are the most.

  12. Anas — on 29th April, 2008 at 1:25 pm  

    Guess what Rumbold, there’s actually a magazine out there called Asian babes.

  13. mellowman — on 29th April, 2008 at 2:17 pm  

    Not sure Nerina Pallot is particularly representative of Asian women, she is half Indian and from the little I’ve seen doesn’t appear to identify much with Asians (I could be totally wrong).
    However the main point here is that whilst most of the hotties who make up an FHM poll winners line up are more about exposing their bits, they are not all, and established actresses and stuff could be in there, but then they just dont have the profile, and the problem is more widely about the racism that still stifles Asian exposure in mainstream media.
    Thats my bit.

  14. sonia — on 29th April, 2008 at 3:09 pm  

    there’s no problem with magazines celebrating beautiful men or women. its the implication that you are “invisible” if you aren’t. which is laughable, but unfortunately celebrity obsession is rife, people need to feel happy in their reality of being appreciated by the real people around, as opposed to a mediatized fantasy.

  15. sonia — on 29th April, 2008 at 3:14 pm  

    and what about “asian men”? is this site sexist or something?

  16. sonia — on 29th April, 2008 at 3:16 pm  

    “its the implication that you are “invisible” if you aren’t.” in a magazine i mean.

  17. Sunny — on 29th April, 2008 at 3:43 pm  

    For the sake of equality sonia – Rohin is quite foxy himself!

    it seems to imply that women must cavort in their undies in lads mags to be “positive, integrated and non-oppressed”.

    It doesn’t actually. Her points are that:
    1) Asian women are less represented in the media (though there are obvious reasons for this)
    2) This may give some Asian women complexes.

    I thought it was a great article… though unfairly focused on North Indian women. Shriya is the hottest woman on the planet. And she’s South Indian!

  18. Anas — on 29th April, 2008 at 3:58 pm  

    South Indian women have the best legs.

  19. Sid — on 29th April, 2008 at 4:00 pm  

    South asian men are very lucky to have south asian women, given what a bunch of hounds they are.

  20. AsifB — on 29th April, 2008 at 4:08 pm  

    In the spirit of enquiry,I’ve done some research.

    The “Famous Women Who Are Willing To Take Their Clothes Off For Lads’ Mags” title appears to be one of Ariane’s little jokes. Its the FHM 100 sexiest women in the world poll or some suc (i got distracted)

    Which makes sense because otherwise Kirstie Alsop, that Tory loving estate agent /Mary Poppinsesque dominatrix telly personality wouldn’t be mentioned in this article.

    So technically the having to take your clothes off versus modesty debate which all the would be Asian dads on this site have begun is redundant. (Not that inane celebrity worhship whether hollyoaks, hollywood or Bolly is necessarily healthy but freedom first and all that.)

    Interesting also to see how quickly requests for more pictures piled up on this site – in over the first 90 comments in the Guardian only two alluded to asking Ariane if she wasn’t upset for not being asked.(she certainly seems photogenic enough.)

  21. Kismet Hardy — on 29th April, 2008 at 4:45 pm  

    I work for Asiana, a magazine specialising in British Asian beauty, and we regularly do sexy, glamorous shoots with incredibly beautiful Asian celebrities, both from Britain and Bollywood, most of whom no one outside the Asian circle have heard of, and it’s quite unreasonable to expect the soapy titwank fantasist readers of FHM to have a clue about.

    They want plastic women in demeaning poses sending out a basic message: I’m up for it, me.

    There are plenty of hot, independent Asian women who are, indeed, up for it, but it’s quite reasonable that few dream of making their mark by being known as spunk totty for geeks that rely on glorified jazz mags to pump their shallow sex lives

  22. sonia — on 29th April, 2008 at 4:54 pm  

    hail return of kismet hardy: very smart and insightful comment Kismet and you’ve won yourself top man of this thread..

  23. sonia — on 29th April, 2008 at 4:55 pm  

    “For the sake of equality sonia – Rohin is quite foxy himself!”

    yes he is :-) i always did say Sunny you ought to have a rogues’ gallery so people could see but no!

  24. Dalbir — on 29th April, 2008 at 5:18 pm  

    ——–
    On a practical level, if there were more young Asian women on UK television, and if young female British Asian talents like Nerina Pallot and Kia Abdullah were as celebrated as they could be, maybe we’d begin to see British Asian women in a more positive, integrated and “non-oppressed” way.”
    ———

    Are Asian women seen as not integrated and oppressed? I must be seeing a non representative bunch then?

  25. Sunny — on 29th April, 2008 at 5:44 pm  

    They want plastic women in demeaning poses

    For the sake of argument Kismet, whats the difference between an FHM pose and an Asiana pose, other than the level of clothing? ;)

  26. Sunny — on 29th April, 2008 at 5:45 pm  

    Sunny you ought to have a rogues’ gallery

    I have enough haters as it is, I don’t want to give them more photoshop opportunities!

  27. bananabrain — on 29th April, 2008 at 5:45 pm  

    *claps loudly for kismet hardy*

    my problem back in my younger days is that i couldn’t find the “hot, independent asian women who were up for it” – which, effectively, meant that from my PoV they were indeed both invisible and unavailable, although it was me that was sexless as a result!

    b’shalom

    bananabrain

  28. Ms_Xtreme — on 29th April, 2008 at 6:11 pm  

    What is she smoking? In case people haven’t looked around, we’ve got – Ash Rai and Sheepa Poppadum representing us in the “sexy” category yea.

    And excuse me, why do we have to be in some stupid men’s mag to be considered “sexy?”

  29. Leon — on 29th April, 2008 at 6:52 pm  

    and what about “asian men”? is this site sexist or something?

    What’s stopping you writing something about it?

  30. A Councillor writes — on 29th April, 2008 at 8:02 pm  

    Well, if you’ll permit the observations of an over-tired raddled old poove. Some South Asian men are very, very hot and some are very, very not and it’s only amongst South Asian women that I occasionally get an very tiny flicker of “OK, perhaps I’m not 100% gay”.

    But let’s face it, isn’t it a better thing that babes and hunks don’t model for jazz mags and lads mags.

  31. Shuijing — on 29th April, 2008 at 8:07 pm  

    Well I’m glad there’s not as may ‘asian women’ in Lad’s mags.

    Wouldn’t you rather be sexually invisible than have thousands upon thousands of flabby, obsessive, dogface, hairy, miscillaneous men slobbering and jerking themselves off over your picture?

    …yeah. I don’t get that whole ‘oh let’s celebrate our WOMEN’ thing. You don’t CELEBRATE women anyway. And especially not by taking revealing photos and focusing on sexuality. That’s not celebrating WOMEN. That’s celebrating pathetic jerk-offs that like seeing women as suxual objects.

    It makes me sick. X_X

  32. Don — on 29th April, 2008 at 8:28 pm  

    AsifB,

    Fair point. Just had a look at the list and it is far from ‘plastic women in demeaning poses’. Some of them just seem to be talented, likeable women who happen to be pretty. Billie Piper? Emma Watson? Not earth-shattering geniuses or heart stopping beauties perhaps, but not vacuous bimboes either. Just that people have heard of them and when asked (I assume) who is the most fanciable female celeb they go for a familiar name. Although how Britney Speares got in at 31 remains a mystery.

    Still, I’m pretty sure that if one designed a questionnaire on ‘Am I a total loser?’ one of the questions would be, ‘Have you ever voted in an FHM poll?’

  33. Rumbold — on 29th April, 2008 at 8:46 pm  

    Rohin:

    I plumped for one of the pictures that was suitable for work. It was fun looking for it though. Heh.

    Anas:

    “Guess what Rumbold, there’s actually a magazine out there called Asian babes.”

    Are you a subscriber Anas?

    Sonia:

    “And what about “asian men”? is this site sexist or something?”

    I could have put up pictures of SRK, Shahid Kapoor, John Abraham or (if you like your men to be the sort who run over homeless people), Salman Khan. But then I thought I would just have a picture of Miss Chopra instead. One of the perks of writing the post methinks. Heh.

  34. Rumbold — on 29th April, 2008 at 9:06 pm  

    Continuing in the same vein, I suggest that everyone scrolls to the right, just above the archives (Arab lounge.com).

    Sunny:

    Sorry about not putting up a picture of Kajol. And well done for fixing the ‘Recently Popular’ section.

  35. fugstar — on 29th April, 2008 at 10:01 pm  

    no, whats needed is..

    more haya amongst men and women please.

  36. Kaalia — on 29th April, 2008 at 10:26 pm  

    white and black people all over the place wherever they maybe all acknowledge the beauty of south asian women.

    the fhm thing is just institutional blind and loath to admit and acknowledge the presence of asianic hotness on the street, in the office, shopfloor, media, film, college etc!
    so at end of day stupid article and not worth discussing.

  37. Area 51 — on 29th April, 2008 at 11:50 pm  

    more haya amongst men and women please

    oh please no

  38. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 1:16 am  

    “Guess what Rumbold, there’s actually a magazine out there called Asian babes.”

    Are you a subscriber Anas?

    You want to swap back issues?

  39. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 1:16 am  

    That is not a euphemism btw.

  40. dave bones — on 30th April, 2008 at 8:25 am  

    “Asian” is too broad anyway as Thai women don’t look like Gujarati women who don’t look like Punjabi women etc. Asian women are very sexy if slightly hairier. Do you get shot here for saying that?

  41. Rumbold — on 30th April, 2008 at 1:47 pm  

    Ha ha Anas.

  42. sonia — on 30th April, 2008 at 3:53 pm  

    dont worry dave you won’t get shot,as you say asian is too broad really! chinese women certainly aren’t hairy for example..

  43. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:06 pm  

    So you’re not generalising over approximately half a billion people there, Sonia.

  44. dave bones — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:57 pm  

    yup. got shot my my own generalization there..

  45. bikhair — on 30th April, 2008 at 11:42 pm  

    Yes Asian women are hot like so many other women. Apparently you cant be considered sexy unless you appeal to young white men. If you dont come up on the 10 most fine list, then you arent sexy. Asians dont do themselves any favor by falling for the trap. If they white man doesnt find me hot therefore I am not hot. These mags have a tiny British demographic and a non existent global demographic. Should their taste be give that much weight?

  46. bikhair — on 30th April, 2008 at 11:47 pm  

    What is worse is that when these Asian babes do appear in these mags they look suspiciously…

    I am not here to talk about how Asian women are supposed to look. When I say Asian I am talking South Asian. The region is massive and there are lots of variety however when it comes to who is fine amongst this massive pool of hotness the variety is non existent.

    Me thinks Asians need a Black Is Beautiful movement. It did wonders for the pysche of many black Americans for a time. Are there any Asian Black Panters or a Black Power Movement?

  47. Barbara Meinhoff — on 1st May, 2008 at 9:14 pm  

    From current affairs for a progressive generation to Snooplife in the space of a single blog post.

  48. Toby — on 3rd May, 2008 at 5:01 pm  

    Okay, but there are really hot South Asian women, http://www.AmberKhan.com
    that’s just one… in the states, asian women are already considered sex symbols, even though they’re not on television… tv isn’t the authority on sexy or anything else, it’s time we start making up our minds about things instead of listening to a corporate media controlled box.

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