I just dipped into the hurt!Sam Tumblr community to check out my Hell trauma theory regarding the torture scenes in the trailer, and one of the first things I saw was a slowed-down gif of the bra-wearing Asian lady in the trailer. The gif was tagged ‘racialized misogyny cw’.
As you might expect, I have a few things to say about this. None of them are nice.
First of all, depicting a woman, whether of Asian descent or not, in her underwear, is in no way misogynistic, whether it’s a sexual context or not. To say that that’s misogyny is akin to saying that depicting shirtless men is misandry. It’s ridiculous. What, you want to scrub all semi-nude females off TV screens? And that’s acceptable?
‘But it’s objectification,’ I hear Tumblr-dwelling tweens squeal. Okay, guys, let me tell you something. You got that gif from less than a second of trailer footage. You have no idea of the context. It wasn’t a lingering shot, from what I gathered; simply a woman. In a bra. Who was pretty and Asian. I wonder if they’d be okay with it if she was obese, Hawaiian and had no nose. Would that still be objectification, this perfectly factual shot?
In any case, I’m not necessarily anti-objectification, as long as it’s equal on the male and female sides. Have you seen how much Sam and Dean are objectified in this show? It’s one of the things I love about SPN, that subversive element. Also- Sam was being tortured in the trailer, shirtless and covered in blood. That’s been giffed about twelve times more than Hot Asian Lady (who, by the way, has now been branded according to her race because of all the people making a fuss about her Asian-ness, which I hadn’t even noticed before going on Tumblr and seeing that.) If the Hot Asian Lady shot was objectifying, then the Sam shots certainly were- which means that SPN is objectifying both genders and races equally, which negates the idea of a) racism, and b) misogyny.