I’m a bigger asian slut than you.

I didn’t become a feminist blogger to spread my message, folks, I became a feminist blogger so I could change google forever.

A friend of mine found out over the weekend (really, none of us want to know how or why) that if you do a google image search for “asian sluts” guess who’s face pops up in the second row of search results? Yours truly. And better yet, I’m wearing a t-shirt that says, “I am not your fetish.” The best part? Google is indexing this picture under “asian sluts” because the image is related to a presentation I did at SXSW on the objectification of asian women on the internet. At least that’s the best and most acceptable (to myself) answer I can come up with.

I win at the internet. It’s NSFW, but you can see for yourself. And naturally, my new tagline for life is now, “fighting patriarchy, one sexist google search at a time.”

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    I’m so sorry! :-(

    God, whatever algorithm they are using for search parameters is terribly flawed. But I will tell you this story. About three years ago, I posted, rather indignantly, about a particularly inappropriate message on panties designed to be worn by tweens. As I recall, the underwear was being sold by Walmart.

    Naturally, based on how it was listed or classified by Google, I still get hits on my personal blog from people who are looking to find pictures of tween girls in panties. *headdesk*

  • unequivocal

    Normally I’m pretty quick to roll my eyes and defend Google when someone accuses them of deliberately skewing search results (not that I’m saying that’s what you were doing), since Google’s results are indicative of how the internet is linking and discussing things.

    This time though, I’m at a loss. The image is, as far as I can tell, originally located at http://feministing.com/2009/06/16/what_we_missed_4/ and there doesn’t seem to be any (valid) reason why it should be linked to “Asian” and “sluts” (though the word slut does get used once in the comments).

    Maybe someone with a stronger understanding of how Google ranks image searches can chime in; I’m genuinely curious about how this search result came about.

    • http://feministing.com/members/samhita/ Samhita

      Omg, you are right! Mysterious and creeeeepy.

  • http://feministing.com/members/deafbrowntrash/ deafbrowntrash

    Congrats, Samhita. i love your “fuck you” attitude to these sexist, racist assholes who want to objectify Asian women as sluts and toys.

    You rock!

  • ktncro

    FYI: it’s definitely NSFW now…

  • http://feministing.com/members/mlemac28/ Emily

    I’ll admit, I love the idea of somebody googling “asian sluts” when looking for porn to watch and getting hit with a picture of a pissed off Samhita with that shirt. The only way it would be better is if she was giving the finger. It might strike some shame into people.

  • http://feministing.com/members/theclementine/ Clementine

    If it makes you feel any better, the Little Mermaid is on the third row of the same google search…

  • gothicguera

    Dear Samhtita
    After having a pretty crappy morning, I read your article and it made my day. When I grow up, I want to be you. I can think of those asshole who want to objectify Asian women and click on your image and read about what disgusting humans they are.

  • fyoumudflaps

    Ha that is awesome. Unfortunately I clicked on the link of your search and was greeted with a bunch of porn. I was excited to find your cool pic :(

  • http://feministing.com/members/nerdette/ Rea M.

    You only came up if Safe Search is on Moderate and above, but not if it is off.

  • http://feministing.com/members/zeenacheda/ Dan C

    Just FYI, your pic only shows in the 2nd row if your Google SafeSearch filter is set to ‘Moderate’, which is the default. If it’s set to ‘Off’, your image doesn’t seems to appear within the first couple hundred image results. (There are only so many naked asian women I can look at in one sitting.)

    Meanwhile, if the SafeSearch is set to ‘Strict’, you don’t seem to show up either.

    Apparently, Google’s algorithms find you only moderately appropriate.

  • http://feministing.com/members/fuzzyface/ FuzzyFace

    Thanks probably to this article, your picture is now the #1 result for “asian sluts”