What isn’t cultural appropration:
• Trying/eating/making a culture’s food
• Listening to that culture’s music
• Watching that culture’s movies
• Reading that culture’s books
• Appreciating that culture’s art
• Wearing that culture’s clothing IF in a setting where that culture is prevalent and IF people are okay with it and/or it is necessary to fit in and not stand out weirdly (i.e. If you visit Pakistan, you can wear a shalwar kameez so you don’t stand out as an American tourist. Or if you visit a specific temple or religious setting, you may need to/want to adhere to specific dress forms. Or if you’re invited to a wedding and they allow/invite you to wear their cultural dress to participate in the festivities).
• Using that culture’s dance/physical traditions in specific settings (i.e. taking belly-dancing classes, or going to an Indian wedding and trying to dance with them).
What is cultural appropriation:
• Wearing specific items of clothing that may (and probably do) have deeper meaning as a costume. Like on Halloween.
• Wearing specific items of clothing to be trendy or fashionable.
• Trying to imitate their natural beauty standards and possible makeup/markings (i.e dreadlocks and bindis and mehndi/henna).
• Taking their rituals, old-as-hell traditions, and dances and turning them into cheap, tacky everyday garbage for you to have “fun” with (i.e. smoking sheesha. Y’all turned it into this janky nonsense that looks so trashy and stupid).
• Taking spiritual/religious ideas and traditions and subscribing to them to be trendy or unique
• Trying to act like you’re an expert in their food, music, or art, and that you can do it BETTER than them
• Basically trying to WEAR that culture’s skin, clothing, & beauty traditions as a costume/trend and turn old traditions into cheap garbage
And WHY is this wrong? Because, in our society, white people or non-POC can get away with wearing another culture’s clothes and identities and it will be “cute”, “indie”, “bohemian”, “trendy”, and “exotic.” BUT when a POC who actually belongs to that culture wears their own culture’s clothing, styles of beauty, or does things that are specific to their culture, they’re looked down upon, made fun of, sneered at, told to “Go home, get out of this country, we don’t do that here,” and laughed at. The few times I wore a shalwar kameez in public—and I’m Pakistani—people gave me weird looks, like I had a disease. And yet if a white person (or, heck, even a different POC, because POC don’t have the right to appropriate other cultures either) wears a shalwar kameez, people will call her exotic and cute. Seriously? Do you see a problem? I do. Want some proof? When Selena Gomez and Katy Perry use other cultures as costumes in their music videos and stuff, they were thought to be creative and fun. But when an Indian American woman with brown skin won Miss America, there was a huge racist backlash and people said, “We don’t look like that here, we don’t need a curry muncher here, get out of this country.” So I guess Indian culture is only okay if Selena Gomez is stealing it, right? But not if an actual Indian woman is displaying it? Another example: white people with dreadlocks are seen as “soft grunge” and “hippie”, but black people with dreadlocks are looked down upon and seen as dirty and lazy for having them, even though they know how to take care of their dreadlocks way better.
Respect the fact that we are different. You don’t need to be culturally BLIND because that is just as ignorant. Trying to ignore cultures means you’re trying to erase peoples’ identities. You can appreciate/like/admire other cultures without trying to steal them, use them, cheapen them, and wear them as costumes. You weren’t born into it, so know your limits. And YES. There will ALWAYS be those people who say, “But my Chinese friends don’t care if ____!” and “I’m Mexican and I don’t care if people ____,” but they do not speak for all people of that culture and just because THEY don’t mind doesn’t mean other people don’t. Plenty of POC get harassed/taunted/degraded/fetishized over their own cultures WHILE people not of that culture are called “free-spirited”, “bohemian”, “quirky” and “trendy” for imitating the SAME culture—so yes, the people who oppose cultural appropriation do it based on actual microaggressions and bigotry they may have faced and it is NOT your job to try and convince then that they don’t have a right to their own culture or that the oppression against them should mean nothing.
Think about this. There are some women okay with sexism. Some POC okay with racist jokes. Some Jewish people don’t care about anti-Semitic jokes. And your friend might be one of these people. But suddenly that makes it okay for you to behave foolishly, immaturely, and ignorantly?
Wise up. It’s 2014. There is no excuse to be ignorant.
And if you ever need to explain to someone what cultural appropriation is, show them this post (credit me if you post it elsewhere). It’s a good starter and I think it encompasses the basics of what cultural appropriation is and isn’t.
Holy Shit. No.
No, no, no, and no.
Literally NONE OF THIS IS CULTURAL APPROPRIATION.
Cultural Appropriation is an anthropological term used to refer to the adoption and adaption of parts of one culture into another. Appropriation can go one way or both ways. Cultures can share evenly or unevenly. So lets clear all of this up right here and now:
Adopting and adapting parts of one culture into another. Countries or cities that are frequent traders (in their own borders) with foreign cultures typically appropriate more, while countries that remain secluded typically appropriate less. Examples of Cultural Appropriationinclude:
• China adopted Buddhism from India and India adopted Rice from China.
• Japan adopted Buddhism from China and Curry from India. No one got anything from Japan.
• America Adopted it’s food from pretty much everyone.
• Italy took the Tomato from America and ran with it, and America got their pasta.
• The English alphabet was shamelessly ripped from the Greek, as was Latin, Italian, French, German, Russian, etc…etc…
• Japan straight up stole China’s alphabet.
Pretty basic here, the act of exploiting a people for their culture. Typically involves lots of deaths and the held fast belief that the culture being exploited is actually being helped some how. One lovely little example would be:
• The shrunken head fad of the early 1900’s; American and English (because of course) gentle types decided that genuine South American shrunken heads made by and out of actual South American tribes men were bitchin’ and started collecting the curiosities, paying nativis a pretty penny for dried out faces. This caused a demand for dried faces and so, thanks to the wonders of supply and demand, natives started to make more to supply the ever increasing demand. In the end entire tribes were hunted to extinction and their face meat and sold to whitey.
Is not actually a thing. Seriously. Look it up. You’ve wonderfully confused the Cultural Exchange Program with Cultural Appropriation.
You’re Just a Shitty Person:
Shitty people rarely think before acting thus they do shitty things mostly by accident. If you pointed this out to a normal person they’d immediately apologize and try not to make the same dumb mistake again. A Shitty Person either knows and doesn’t care, or didn’t know, got all defensive, and now their one goal in life is to prove you wrong, by continuing said behavior. Examples include:
• Drunken party goers wearing a feathered chieftain hat
• Black Face
• Dressing up as any stereotype for halloween.
• NOT APOLOGIZING
Just a little something I’d like to add: I’m quite frankly disturbed by the number of people who think only Native Americans should do Native American style art. These beliefs sound terrifyingly like the Cultural Exploitation example I gave above. The fact that some Native Americans espouse these ideas is chilling.
which fucking fedora wearing friendzoned nerd made this thing
yeah but notice that the seal’s intent is to eat those fish and the shark offers a mutually beneficial relationship for them
in which a dudebro unintentionally makes a really accurate analogy for the reason that they’re single forever
That’s a whale shark. They’re docile and in no way threatening to people or those fish depicted. Seals, by contrast, will attack people, possibly out of a frustrated sense of entitlement combined with poor socialization skills.
Well that backfired spectacularly.
This is in every way perfect irony. It’s beautiful.
reblogging for dem comments :D
This was glorious.
I need a cigarette after reading that.
Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!
1. Kill alpha male types
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I was planning on doing something a little more artsy, but I got carried away with all my fun new brushes…
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Because it’s not fun if I have to run over and slap you in the face with it!
That’s like explaining the joke! D:
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The best part is, this post actually does something, it offers support, unlike one of those useless “reblog if you care” posts.
Exactly. Which is why I’ll reblog this one.