Words like “exotic” as applied to women with non-white skin have weight and power because they are reminders that non-white women are being held against the white beauty standard and being found different (and therefore wanting).
source: Fairy tales for privileged kids: “the anti-white racist”- Days Like crazy Pavement
Or different as in a nice adventure from normal/reality from which the man will eventually return ‘home’ from.
I hate the word “Exotic” as a compliment from men. HATE IT.
Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?Kanye West (via myhertsgard)
Brown parents be like: wow she’s a phD student, won the nobel peace prize and cured cancer but its a shame she’s not married.
Exotic means there, not here. Them, not us. You, but definitely not me. Exotic is a word defined by the speaker’s perspective, which assumes dominance and normalcy over the person being called exotic.
It’s a micro-aggression. It’s a backhanded compliment. And it’s simply inaccurate.