When strong images of Asian-American men are practically invisible in mass media and their penises are supposedly invisible as well, this systematically erases Asian-American men from—well—being recognized as “real” men.

So I have an issue with the idea that anyone represents a “real” man or woman, period.

When we categorize someone as a “real” man, we are really just preoccupied with penises, vaginas, and social rules.

On Tuesday's SI Now, Olympic gold medalist Apolo Ohno and NBC Sports Radio's Amani Toomer participate in 'SI Know Trivia' where they answer sports-based trivia questions with the hopes of winning a prize for their twitter fan teammate.

But after the third time skimming through the piece, I realized this “positive” piece about Asian-American men was pretty damn problematic.

Why does Buzzfeed even need to convince us that Asian-American men are sexy? Our current perspective on Asian-American men must be pretty screwed up if we need to be assured that Asian-American men are—ya know—average.

Ah, right, because we (as a society) have somehow been misinformed about Asian-American men through persistent myths and caricatures in the media and in our daily lives. By the way, most of Buzzfeed’s 17 reasons tell us that Asian-American men are just like other typical men in the US who cook, care about family, and are loyal to their partner. So why is it so hard out there for Asian-American men? Alright, let’s get this bit about penis size out of the way.

In all situations, we assume that white people are the norm.

Simply put, white body parts are not policed in the same way, but rather are held as the standard to which other bodies are compared. When we make the assumption that all Asian-American men have small penises, we are doing the same thing. It’s about color and the meanings we have assigned to color.

I couldn’t find any research that was remotely reliable.