I FINALLY UNDERSTAND.
WHY DON’T THY JUST SHOW US THIS CHART IN GEOGRAPHY???
DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG O HAVE USED GB AND ENGLAND AND THE UK INTERCHANGEABLY??????????????????????????????
A LONG ASS TIME. NONE OF MY TEACHERS EVER CORRECTED ME.
dude wtf this is worse than us not using the metric system
I need to print this.
The Queen breaking into laughter as She passes Her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, standing outside the Buckingham Palace, 2005
she’s so cute
anytime the queen goes past any of her family she just pisses herself laughing, i love it
HEHEHEHE PHILLIP I’M A STAMP AND YOU’RE NOT
Just haven’t been able to shake off earlier. I just never knew my father could be that big of a douche.
So I ended up missing a turn, wound up in a neighborhood and having to make an unprotected left on a hill where it’s hard to see either way. Now I get stressed out having Dad in my car anyway because of his road rage and when I didn’t hear him tell me to go because of my hat he then screamed it at me to which I then screamed at him. I’ve never talked back to let alone scream at my parents and drop the F bomb…
Recently I’ve been seeing a trend lately that’s left me feeling aggravated in a way that’s been hard for me to lay a finger on how to word. More and more lately people are crying “cultural appropriation” and it’s left me with a sour feeling. In an effort to understand my own response I’ve been…
That article ignores the realities of colonial/imperial racial power dynamics and reduces and simplifies what is a complex anthropological concepts. It strips away all the nuance and complexity and is based in purely anecdotal evidence with nothing of substance to back it up.
Ok, so to get into what appropriation actually is: Cultural appropriation is the misrepresentation and/or decontextualization of traditions from marginalized cultures by individuals in relatively privileged groups. It’s a concept from the social sciences, particularly anthropology, is researched quite extensively and specifically describes the involvement of a harmful/exploitative colonialist/imperialist/racist power imbalance. It reinforces stereotypes, Eurocentric beauty standards, racist colonial/imperial power dynamics, and in many cases can be a form of visual/symbolic dehumanization and is a step in committing genocide against a group of people. It applies to everything from mundane every day traditions to sacred and spiritual ones.
Cultural appropriation was a concept created as a direct response to racism, colonialism and white supremacy and it is honestly kind of ridiculous to claim that it can lead to racism when it directly addresses one of many ways racism is reinforced and maintained. It has nothing to do with genetics, only the power imbalances between the groups having their traditions decontextualized and/or misrepresented and those doing the decontextualization/misrepresentation. This imbalance can happen between groups of the same race, for example Irish and English people.
You are correct in saying that the bindi is not solely an Indian tradition, it is a tradition shared by all of South Asia and even parts of Indonesia. However, that third-eye enlightenment stuff is not accurate. Here and here are two posts on it’s true meaning from actual South Asian people.
It’s also important to know about two other anthropological concepts: cultural diffusion and cultural patrimony. Cultural diffusion is the various ways language, religious and cultural practices spread and influence over long periods of time, due to trade, immigration, etc, the original meaning/context is usually maintained or it is slightly modified. This also applies to technologies and would definitely describe the process by which eyeliner has spread throughout the world. Cultural patrimony is the concept that a culture’s people collectively own their cultural traditions. It’s protected by a bunch of local, national and international laws in addition to intellectual property/copyright laws.
Additionally, I notice that you, and a lot of other people who make criticisms of the concept of appropriation end up making statements like “Why isn’t this blending of cultures simply a beautiful thing?” The reality is that cultural appropriation cannot be correctly described as cultural sharing, blending or mixing. All of those things (sharing, blending, mixing, etc) actually involve both parties from each culture willingly sharing with one another. Two traditional musicians from different cultures collaborating on composing a piece of music, teaching a close friend how to make a traditional dish from your culture, bringing someone close to you to your culture’s holiday celebration: all of these things describe actual examples of cultural exchange, and are wonderful beautiful things. In contrast, appropriation does not have that same level playing field. It’s one person taking and the culture the tradition comes from and the people that make it up having no say or involvement whatsoever in the process. Don’t make an equivalence between these two drastically different things.
I have compiled a list of reliable, academic sources, many written by people in the marginalized groups directly affected by appropriation if you want to learn more. Also feel free to ask me any questions.
casual reminder that fetuses can’t be oppressed, but people with uteruses who don’t have access to safe, affordable abortions sure as hell can.
I’ve never understood the fact people will protect a fetus and its’ “rights”, but not someone who’s already alive.
It’s basically saying to them There’s No Hope For You.