Professor writes article defending ‘Asian romantic preference’—and no one is here for it

Yikes.

Jul 18, 2019, 4:57 pm

Internet Culture

Siobhan Ball 

Siobhan Ball

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The internet is full of creepy fetishists of one kind or another but taking to an academic journal to defend said fetish is a new one. Stephen Kershnar, a distinguished professor of philosophy at SUNY Fredonia, has published In Defense of Asian Romantic Preference in The International Journal of Applied Philosophy. 

People were horrified to discover that Kershner is not only a real academic but also has tenure.

Now in the interests of transparency, we should mention here that we don’t know if Kershnar shares that preference himself. As a philosopher, he’s written a number of similar and even more disturbing articles, including For Torture: a Right-Based Defense and Adult-Child Sex: a Philosophical Defense, and they may all be mere thought exercises designed to display his professional skills. 

However, if that is the case, choosing these topics to illustrate his abilities is still a bad move, and the internet cannot stop howling about it.

Some users are trying to look on the bright side.

Though others were more cynical about it.

https://twitter.com/phantasmaglo/status/1151421296611221504

With other academics commenting on the dire state of the discipline these days.

https://twitter.com/rachelvmckinnon/status/1151615856306032640

https://twitter.com/alen_irl/status/1151159521357774854

And one brave soul contacting the journal to demand an explanation.

https://twitter.com/TristanMWolfe/status/1151307049386631169

There’s some keen speculation on the man’s personal life.

 

And quite a lot of women taking exception to the idea that any woman would fight over either him or his hypothetical Asian fetishist.

Twitter user Yen Rong-Wong is torn over whether she should engage academically or just write it off as irrelevant depravity.

All in all, the professor is being thoroughly dragged all over Twitter.

https://twitter.com/dionnetology/status/1151655059442159616

The Daily Dot reached out to Kershnar for a comment, and we’ll update this article if we receive a response.

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2019, 4:57 pm