Anonymous asked: My younger cousin has just entered her weeb phase. So far she hasn't used it to generalise or stereotype Japan and Japanese people, but she has started peppering sentences with Japanese. She's usually sensible so I'd normally trust her to grow out of it, but she turns 18 soon. We're both Filipino so this is kind of common, almost like a sub-culture. Should I intervene?
18 is kind of old for that? You could definitely have a talk with her about fetishization, warn her to be very wary of white-dominated weeaboo culture and how it degrades SE Asians, and encourage her to find her own path to a positive identity.