The current FHM runs a story on an Asian actress; and angles the story with Asian women as a sexual fetish.
Story Headline: Eastern Delicacy
Front Cover Blurb -- Asian hottie Bai Ling
Story Intro (paraphrased) Most men would admit to a fetish for exotic women
Would this article and blurb be acceptable in a mainstream (officially) non-porn magazine if the headline read Black Delicacy or White Delicacy or any of South Africa's racial groups?
Would the cover blurb be acceptable is Asian was replaced with any of these racial groups?
IF FHM's argument is that they're talking about a geographical grouping--I say don't patronise your readers. You KNOW you're appealing to a pretty ugly side of male sexual desire.
It's no secret that the mag is targeted at heterosexual male readers--and is certainly not for Mother Grundies--but the intro angle on this article is just blatantly racist. It's bad enough--but acceptable up to a point -- that the magazine objectifies women -- but to fetishize ethnic women? To legitimise this ugly side of porn? In THIS country? How would it be taken if a magazine targeted at black male readers ran a story entitled Hot White Women?
Women, white black whatever have enough to deal with--without commercial magazine producers losing the plot and legitimising racial sexualisation --
c'mon people - -FHM may not be about being PC-and i'm happy to admit being a regular page-flipper -- but this really crosses the line...