oh hey fyca, i really dug yr semiotics explanation. oh jeez askers i feel uncomfortable about the question of whether it's "okay" to wear/do/eat/say something. i feel that the subtext is "how can i get away with as much as possible and have it still be 'okay.'" it made me think about how with sexual consent, there's like a big difference between asking, "would you like ___?/what do you want?," and "can i do ___ to you now, is it my turn yet? blah blah blah." like why would "okay" be the goal?
aw thanks anon! also the point you make is wonderful! white people! stop trying to get away with the casual racisms by asking randos on the internet if X or Y is ok! use yr brainz and cut that shit out!
I wasn't sure if the last ask was directed towards me or not, but I am going to assume it was due to the pinoy mention? Anyways, the part I was specifying was kind of the middle part that had to do with imperialism and such, since you guys seem to really know your stuff and I am not really as acquainted with cultural studies as I would like to be.
I will make sure to revise the term "minority culture" as I do not mean to be patronizing, just trying to indicate that the culture is not the mainstream. Also I was trying to communicate that education can help halt appropriation in the mainstream, not that cultures can't sustain themselves or anything. Where there is pride, there is cultural life.
Your response was greatly helpful in solidifying my thoughts, and thank you for the reading suggestions, I will definitely check them out. Thanks for taking the time to read! (Considering that response was directed my way.)
yeah, so language is important! the previous answer directed you to d&g (which is indeed v. sexy) re:”minority” cultures; i just wanted to add some things really quick. for one, nonwhite folks are really quickly coming up on white folks in terms of demographics in the united states (so probably within your lifetime “minority” won’t even make sense in a literal way to refer to people of color). also, part of the way racism works in a “mainstream” (i would say dominant, colonizing, or white supremacist) culture is to try and make racist language palatable through coded words like “minority.” when in fact the issue is not the smaller number of raced bodies so much as the social and literal sanctions on those bodies because of the way they’ve been racialized!
a fun game to play is FIND THE RACIALLY CODED LANGUAGE. here are some hints: “ethnic,” “urban,” “inner-city,” “bussing.” CAN YOU THINK OF MORE? IN WHAT DISCURSIVE SITUATIONS IS SUCH LANGUAGE USED? WHAT ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS LANGUAGE POPULAR UNDERSTANDINGS OF RACE AND RACISM? DISCUSS.
Maybe this was already asked/answered, but why are there no pictures of any races besides caucasians on here? You could easily say that there are other races who act "white". I feel offended as a white person by the posts on this Tumblr. You are no less racist than the people you post on here. Have you ever considered that perhaps people dress up in Native American headdresses and such because they are genuinely interested in that culture and respect it?
1. this blog does not exist to make white people feel more comfortable with their racism! (which is indeed what you are expressing in this question!
2. “other races who act ‘white’” generally do so in the context of a white supremacist/colonizing culture, as the result of ideological/social/literal violences that compel them to do so in order to survive (trying to “look white” with expensive business casual clothes and without “ethnic” accouterments for a job interview is an example of this). this is not cultural appropriation! comparing strategies for surviving in white supremacist cultures to the “appropriation” of white culture is specious at best!
3. WE’RE THE RACISTS HERE? FOR FUCKING REAL?
4. a note for all y’all whiteys, from the one white curator of this blog: i want to point out that i don’t (and you shouldn’t) conceive of myself (or yourself) as free of racism or white privilege! because that is not the point! the point instead is to take racism and cultural violence seriously, be accountable to the extent to which you are complicit in these cultures of violence (on this blog, we focus on ways of adorning/presenting oneself but there are COUNTLESS OTHER WAYS to be involved in this violence), and try to minimize the damage you do. some ways to do that include calling out racist bullshit when you see it and stepping the fuck back and listening to people of color.
5. we had not considered the argument that white folks are “genuinely interested” in headdresses, etc. because they “respect” the colonized cultures from which they come because it doesn’t make any goddamn sense. and also is almost never true. if whitey “respected” the culture from which he was ganking a culturally and historically significant artifact, he would not, in fact, gank it. so yr argument is full of holes! that sucks!
NOTE: we recently had some totally weird rando be all like, I have an enrollment card saying i’m indian, and i’m not offended, what gives. so to clarify:
FUCK ENROLLMENT CARDS and fuck blood quantum. if you identify as half native then fuck yeah, you’re half native and that’s awesome and the other half is cool too, but y’all, the United States has a FUCKED UP race ideology, and still maintains a colonial and genocidal relation to the native people of North America. CDIBs might serve some purpose, and tribal enrollment can definitely help bring some cohesion to native communities (sometimes paired with completely fucked rules for inclusion) and a degree of relief from systematic oppression in the form of government services and entitlements, but they are also a sign of the continuation of that oppression.
IN ANY CASE THANKS FOR YOUR HALF-NATIVE / INDIAN SEAL, HIGH FIVE.
Just wondered if you knew about this:
1. we think throttling people is thumbs up.
2. yeah, isolationism is complicated but also there’s a current cultural imperative to overshare to become more easily accessible to the processes of cultural commoditication and hegemonic assimilation.
3. ‘minority cultures’ is a pretty condescending term. or maybe it’s patronizing? anyway, it’s HIGH THEORY TIME. if you want to take the time (we’d recommend a minimum of seven hours, with bathroom and snack breaks, some good hard drink, and perhaps some live-blogging) to read more about the notion of the minority, we recommend Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia Vol. 2. (no! you don’t need to read the first book to like the sequel! you can if you want to, though! the first one was a big hit, it’s called Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia!) you can find it online! but also paper copies are awesome, if you can get your hands on one, for:
a. flipping very quickly through the pages b. that sexy feeling of holding a hefty book c. looking philoso-fly reading d&g while riding public transit. you probably shouldn’t be reading d&g while riding a bike, unless you’re riding one of those cool multiple-people bikes those are cool. also woah we just invented that word, philoso-fly! it’s a little over the top, but also cool! d. theoretical and physical weapon against enemies both mortal and casual.
anyway, take a look at the part called “7000 B.C.: Apparatus of Capture”, under “Proposition XIII. The State and its forms”. yes the book has wonky titles! it also has appropriately wonky pictures. these are only two of the cool things about it.
anyway, d&g go on about how minoritarian cultures are not so much about # but about sociopolitical and epistemological positionality! you can also read philip j. deloria’s books to see some goodexamples how cultures are doing fine taking care of themselves, thank you very much!
3. yay pinoys!
4. we don’t think white folks doing race drag help preserve a culture, and we don’t have a problem with folks reblogging pictures of folks going about their culture, unless those pictures were taken without consent, so your whole post is kind of not applicable to our blog? ending things with an upward tilt as if we were asking a question?
My love for you would increase 5,000,000 fold if you made a semiotics Tumblr, and I didn't even think it was possible to love you more. That sounds incredibly lame and sappy, but it's just the truth.
so so so much love to all you kids who try to be on your shit. so so much. also love to all the nerds who think semiotics is cool. srsly, seeing all the posi messages and reblogs and shit is real meaningful and whatevz no we’re not crying, a gif just poked us in the eye.
we are all lame and sappy and pissed off about cultural appropriation.
So, let me ask this.
Say i did get a mohawk, or get dreads, or say i have a dream catcher, etc. If i know the history, meaning and symbolism of the haircut/item, is it completely okay to have a dream catcher, to have dreads, to have a mohawk? Considering that i'm white. Even though i personally think it should be completely fine if your educated on the subject, i was wondering your thoughts on this, and also stretched ears, considering so many kids [not just white kids either] are doing this for the lawlz and fun.
I'm curious and trying to figure this out. there is no way that one can live their life without utilizing some aspect of someone else's culture, it is inherent in interacting with others.
I know that cultural appropriation is bad, it is racist, it is oppressive and offensive. I know this and I absolutely do not want to offend or marginalize people further. My question is: is there a difference between utilizing someone else's culture in a positive (i.e. invited, understanding, etc) way and in an oppressive way (i.e. "I'm white and I don't have much culture of my own so I'm gonna take this here pretty headdress/sombrero/etc and wear it all the time!")?
It's difficult to figure out, sometimes. There are a lot of differing views and I suppose I'm just curious as to your opinions, including your followers. If any followers wanna throw an answer into my ask box, actually, I'd really appreciate it.
we’d agree that these lines can be hard to draw! no one (not even us omg) does it “right” all the time! i don’t quite know what you mean by “utilizing culture” but like, shit: use yr thinking cap! it is clear that you are capable of doing so!
Whats your opinion on hip-hop appropriation? Hip-hop is rooted in Jamaican political resistance as well as Black ad Puerto-Rican political resistance in the states. It is predominantly known as a Black art form.
So is it appropriation when people who are not Black, Jamaican, or Puerto Rican us the art form? Is it only appropriation when its not done in the spirit of marginalized people's political resistance?
In general, is it appropriation to use an art form that was key to someone else's struggle in order to further the cause of your struggle?
these are all very good points and we should all think about this. this may also be a good time to point out that illmatic and in the aeroplane over the sea are like, the same length. the same length!
Wait, do you not like Sherman Alexie? I think he's a great writer.
the other day i felt like talking about white people for no reason so i described sherman alexie as something like “the jonathan safran foer to n. scott momaday’s david foster wallace, except he’s a good writer.” in retrospect, momaday is more like steinbeck. in my defense, i’d recently been talking about dfw, the author, not the metroplex.
fuck yeah sherman alexie! except sometimes he’s kind of a jerk and i don’t really care for his poetry? i don’t know, i feel like he’s pretty divisive. and here’s a picture of him looking dreamy:
QUESTION: I'M AN OFF-WHITE PERSON* WHO RECOGNIZES THAT THE U.S. IS A SETTLER STATE/COLONY. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP THE REVOLUTION? SHOULD I LEAVE THE COUNTRY? /OFF-WHITE GUILT & ASK-A-BROWN-PERSON TIME.
hm. your services might be put to better use helping everyone find their seats and check in their luggage when colonizers start repatriating. “yes ma’am, i’m sure the south can rise again in luxembourg, or wherever the hell it is you’re going.” “no sir, europe is most likely not going to be a caliphate when you arrive.”
other times that are ask-a-brown-person time:
"excuse me brown, could you tell me the approximate temperature today? i am white and so cannot even go outside without contracting a disease.”
"excuse me brown, could you tell me X, because your other fellow brown refused to answer X. therefore i am still unsure about X."
what about those of us who like your blog and have trouble reading or understanding posts made in all caps? it can be hard for people with dyslexia or any number of other hardships.
oy, does caps / lowercase make a difference for people with dyslexia? just saw the fresh hell reblog.
obvi there’s a ton of accessibility issues we’d like to address, including difficulties with text, legibility, visibility, and even hey, why are all our posts in english?
you guys, thnx for pointing out shit like this. we love all caps cuz of the aggro, so from now on fuck yeah cultural appropriation is in virtual all caps. (do italics and/or bold make it difficult to read?)
Ah, sorry, disregard my last ask. It's stupid, I know I'll never wear a sari anyway. I'd feel way too awkward and culture-stealing and gross. I'll just stick to drooling over pretty pictures of saris online.
1. SARIS ARE GORG. BUT YOU CAN’T JUST WEAR ANYTHING THAT’S GORG. CASE IN POINT: CONSTRUCTIVIST FASHION. JUST DOESN’T WORK.
2. SARIS ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO PUT ON. WE SECRETLY SUSPECT ONLY INDIANS CAN PROPERLY KEEP ALL THE FOLDS PROPERLY TUCKED IN. THE INTERNET TELLS ME YOU’RE JEWISH, WHICH ISN’T EVEN INDO-EUROPEAN! THAT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE IN COMMON: NOT BEING INDO-EUROPEAN. MAYBE A LITTLE (BECAUSE SOMETIMES INDO-EUROPEANS ARE KIND OF SEXY? OH, ANCESTORS!). BUT IN ANY CASE, NOT ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY WEARING A DAMN SARI.
3. MY ENGLISH MIGHT BE CONFUSING ME, BUT I DON’T THINK SARIS ARE COSTUMES IN THE SENSE OF A COSTUME PARTY?
4. IT WOULD BE VERY GROSS. INSTEAD, HOW ABOUT YOU HOARD PICTURES OF SARIS YOU FIND IN MAGAZINES AND ON THE INTERNET? YOU CAN PAPER YOUR ROOM WITH THEM OR PUT THEM IN ALBUMS WHICH YOU CAN KEEP HIDDEN IN YOUR CLOSET. THIS WILL NOT CREEP OUT YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AT ALL.
I have nothing to ask, but something to say. Why are you so hateful? You act like you want peace but you scream at everything. I am Native American too and have my legal Native American Card showing that I'm 1/32 Choctaw, so I'm not speaking from a white man's view here. You degrade everything on here and it's sad. I see you hate everything with a headdress in it and I honestly see no problem with these photos,they are beautiful and stunning to me. Please turn off caps-lock and learn to spell.
1. WHIPPING OUT YR BQ = DOUCHE MOVE. SRSLY? YES, THE WHITE MAN GAVE YOU A PRETTY CARD. GOOD FOR YOU. BLOOD QUANTUM SUCKS, ENROLLMENT CARDS SUCK, AND YOU SUCK FOR THINKING THAT HAVING A CARD MAKES YOU BETTER THAN ANYONE. GOD KNOWS I LOVE MY LIGHT-SKINNED INDIANS BUT IF YOU AND YOUR FANCY CDIB WANT TO THROW DOWN I’LL THROW DOWN.
2. WHO SAYS WE WANT PEACE?
3. WE LOVE HEADDRESSES? WE LOVE WAR BONNETS? WE LOVE INDIANS WEARING THEIR REGALIA? WHERE ARE YOU GETTING THIS HATE EVERYTHING BUSINESS? OBVI YOU’RE COMPLETELY MISSING THE POINT.
4. ‘STUNNING’? GLAD YOU HAVE NO AESTHETIC SENSE, BRA. ANYWAY, THIS IS A BLOG. WHERE WE HATE ON THINGS. OK? HATING ON EVERYTHING IS THE POINT OF THIS BLOG.
hey I'm totally asking this in a serious, not snarky way, but what about dreamcatchers? Is it like most other cultural appropriation-type business where if you got it from someone who was native, or bought it from a native craftsperson it's okay, and if you got it from urban outfitters/forever 21/wherever else stupid dumbfuck place you're messed up? I was just wondering what your opinion was cause i had never heard anything about them.
SO NONE OF US HERE AT FUCK YEAH CULTURAL APPROPRIATION! COME FROM A DREAMCATCHER-MAKING CULTURE. DEF HAVE HEARD SOME FOLKS ANGRY ABOUT WHITE FOLKS USING DREAMCATCHERS, BUT THE HISTORY OF THIS PARTICULAR ARTIFACT IS PRETTY WILD. ORIGINALLY OJIBWE, THE DREAMCATCHER HAS BECOME A SIGN OF PAN-INDIAN IDENTITY, AMONG OTHER THINGS. FOLKS HAVE VARIED AND SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FEELINGS ON THEM, AS THEY CAN BE ANYTHING FROM A CHERISHED CHILDHOOD OBJECT TO A SOURCE OF REVENUE.
A REAL SERIOUS THING THAT’S BROUGHT UP THOUGH, WHEN WE SEE SO MANY FOLKS ASK US ‘WHAT ABOUT X THING?’, IS HOW SEGREGATED THE UNITED STATES IS, AND HOW MARGINALIZED NATIVE VOICES ARE. WHAT IF THE HISTORY OF COLONIALISM WAS TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS BEYOND THE ‘WHITES CAME, INDIANS DIED, FEATHERS, TURKEY, RAIN DANCE, HOORAY’ MODEL? WHAT IF, WHEN QUESTIONS LIKE THIS ONE CAME UP, YOU DIDN’T FEEL THE NEED TO GO TO SOME TOTES RANDO INTERNET RACE TROLLS WITH YOUR CONCERNS, BUT FELT EMPOWERED TO DO SOME RESEARCH, AND TO REALLY ENGAGE WITH THAT WILD AND CRAZY NOTION OF GETTING TO KNOW REALLY EXISTING NATIVE PEOPLE AND THEIR TOTALLY INTERESTING THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ON DREAMCATCHERS?
ALSO IF YOU WANT TO BE MORE CONTENTIOUS, GET TWO INDIANS IN A ROOM AND ASK THEM SOMETHING ABOUT LIKE, WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT SHERMAN ALEXIE.
Hey there, so I was reading this from an earlier post: http://fuckyeahculturalappropriation.tumblr.com/post/1663733383/i-am-a-bit-confused-about-the-cultural-appropriation
I think it would be helpful if you linked to a few resources (e.g. sites, books, articles) that gave an unbiased explanation of cultural appropriation/studies, since many websites and sources (e.g. teachers) are or may be biased. If you meant cultural studies in school, I can confidently disclose that none of the schools in my district offer anything remotely adequate for learning about cultures and cultural appropriations.
WE ARE PAINFULLY AWARE OF THE GENERAL LACK OF AVAILABILITY OF GOOD RESOURCES ON CULTURAL STUDIES, CRITICAL THEORY, ANTHROPOLOGY, CRITICAL RACE THEORY, AND SO ON, TO FOLKS.
WE FEEL ABOUT THIS SITUATION IN A SIMILAR WAY TO HOW WE FEEL ABOUT CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. WE WILL TRY TO DO SOMETHING TO HELP REMEDY THIS, BECAUSE SASS AND SARCASM TAKE YOU FAR, BUT SO DOES KNOWLEDGE AND SERIOUS THOUGHT, YOU GUYS.
I love flapper- and burlesque-inspired fashion, both of which often incorporate feathered headbands and headdresses (ones that look really totally different from Native American ones, though). Would you consider that cultural appropriation?
POINT 1. FLAPPER FASHION AND BURLESQUE ARE PRETTY AWESOME.
POINT 2. I’M INCLINED TO SAY THAT AS A RULE OF THUMB, COLONISTS IN NORTH AMERICA SHOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO EVER TOUCH ANY FEATHER, EVER. EVEN BY ACCIDENT.
so the girl photo in this photo
said this in her description of her post
SO HERE’S A WILD IDEA: PREFACING YOUR DUMB WITH “DON’T GET YOUR PANTIES UP IN A BUNCH” IS ABOUT AS EFFECTIVE AS HAVING GAY SEX AND ENDING IT WITH “NO HOMO.”
I'm afraid this is another ask about dreadlocks; please feel free to smack me down if I say anything bigoted. I am white and I have intensely curly light hair that's extremely difficult to control; brushing it any time but before a wash causes it to turn into a longterm ball of fine, itchy fluff (the wash just calms the fluffiness down), so I leave it unbrushed between washes and often have to comb out the starts of dreads. Would giving up that battle be culturally appropriative? I am very sorry for asking this question, but would like to know the answer even though I no longer plan to allow my hair to go into dreadlocks, since intent doesn't really matter when compared to impact and the impact would be that a white person is wearing a hairstyle that is historically associated with black resistance to racism. And that's wrong, really.
"As a half-Native woman, I feel disrespected by people who want to buy my culture and take cute pictures in items that represent things for my culture."
- But doesn't your culture sell itself at roadside booths on all of the reservations in America? Doesn't my culture (Jewish) do the same in my own homeland of Israel, usually in the form of objects that hold religious significance for me that they may be ignorant to? Cultural appropriation is not necessarily a bad thing. It generates a lot of revenue for people who may have no other economic outlet except that created by outsider interest in their art and aesthetic sensibilities. The intrigue of the "other" is hard to escape from.
I personally find Native American arts and crafts, as well as ceremonial objects to be both aesthetically intriguing and inspiring. To suggest that as a white person I have no right to indulge in an aesthetic that I find compelling, and that, as a designer, I should not have the right to use Native colors, forms, etc. as a source of inspiration is silly. I am fully aware of the Native American genocide as much as I am aware of the holocaust, but when I see Lindsay Lohan parading around drunk, wearing a Kabbalah bracelet, I don't get offended, I kind of just laugh it off. It doesn't make her an antisemite just because she doesn't truly understand the history and importance of Jewish mysticism, and it doesn't make me a racist if I bought a dreamcatcher on the Crow Reservation last year and used in a photoshoot with one of my friends because it is a beautiful object with perfect mathematical proportions that has connotations with earthiness and authenticity, something young people search for endlessly.
YES YOU SEEM TO US TO BE AN ENTITLED, SELF-IMPORTANT RACIST.
Why do you type all of your posts in caps? Your blog is cool, but the capslock is pretty annoying.
PURELY FOR THE ANNOYANCE VALUE. THERE’S MUCH MUCH MUCH TO BE SAID FOR CALM, MEASURED EXPLANATIONS OF THE FINER POINTS OF CULTURAL APPROPRIATION. BUT IT’S ALSO NICE TO JUST CALL PEOPLE DUMBASSES AND REFUSE TO EXPLAIN.
THERE’S THIS THING THAT HAPPENS, WHERE PEOPLE (READ: WHITE PEOPLE) WHO’RE CALLED OUT FOR BEING RACIST SHITS GET ALL OFFENDED AND DEMAND THAT YOU EITHER APOLOGIZE TO THEM, ADMIT THAT YOU JUST HAVE A ‘CHIP ON YR SHOULDER’ (DR. LAURA?!) OR EXPLAIN EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID, HOW IT’S WRONG, AND HOW THEY CAN MAKE SURE THEY APPEAR TO BE PERFECTLY NON-RACIST TO THEIR COLORED FRIENDS (?) IN THE FUTURE. SOMETIMES, BUT MOSTLY MOST OF THE TIMES, FUCK THAT.
HENCE THE CAPS. IT’S ANNOYING AS HELL, NO? AND IT KIND OF MAKES YOU NOT WANT TO TAKE WHAT WE SAY SERIOUSLY. IMAGINE THE CAPSLOCK SIGNIFIES ALL THE RACIST, COLONIAL SHIT COLORED FOLKS GET. ‘DON’T TALK SO LOUD, DON’T BE SO OBJECTIONABLE, DON’T BE SO ANNOYING. MAYBE THEM WHITES WILL LISTEN.’
I don't think that having a mohawk or dreads is inappropriate. First off, many cultures, not just rasta blacks or Mohawk Native Americans, have had dreads and mohawks. To say that dreads are a hairstyle that belongs to/was created by black rastafarians in the early 20th century is inaccurate. Yes, the hairstyle is associated with many black liberation movements, but was also worn by Celts and Roman soldiers.
Appropriating sacred objects or taking elements of certain styles to play around or mock the culture is wrong on many levels, but getting dreads or microbraids because your "white-person" hair is frizzy and you think those hairstyles would make it more manageable isn't something I see a problem with. Getting dreads because you're into the Industrial music subculture and wear them as part of that look isn't something I see as wrong either. Why? Because dreads themselves aren't sacred because they're part of many cultures. Wearing a fake cap with rasta colors and cotton dreads sewn onto it is wrong because it explicitly makes a joke/costume of Rastafarian dreadlocks. A Native American headdress is sacred and should never be worn just to be "hip" or "fashionable", and never as just a costume. Mohawks are okay to wear because, again, they aren't belonging to one particular culture either (do your research), and to say that one culture owns a hairstyle when MANY cultures have worn it and claimed it seems a little ethnocentric to me. Some things that really do belong to one culture/religion are different (like the very specifically Native American headdress, rosaries, images of various deities), but a culturally ambiguous hairstyle worn in a non-mocking, non-costumey way is something I really don't see anything wrong with.
OK KID YOU SAID RESEARCH SO GET READY TO BE EATEN ALIVE.
1. OF COURSE DREADS WERE NOT CREATED BY BLACK RASTAFARIANS IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY. IT’S ALSO NOT JUST FOUND AMONG CELTS AND ROMANS, BUT AROUND THE WORLD.
2. NO ONE SAID THERE IS SOMETHING UNIVERSALLY WRONG WITH WHITEYS + DREADS. WE’VE EXPLAINED THIS BEFORE SO STFU AND DO YOUR RESEARCH.
So what if someone or even ~hipsters~ are wearing around/owning something like headdresses, et c. that isn't a part of the culture they were born in to, is there a difference between them wearing a headress or painting themselves to look *cute and doing it or having something of a different culture because they are interested in it and the culture? I'm sincerely curious to what is degrading to one's culture and what is 'safe.' But as a sidenote, i think that responding to asks or pictures with things like 'hope you die' and smartass sarcasm is equally or if not more offensive than the cultural appropriation because you shouldn't be so rude and back, just informative.
NO. IT’S MOT MORE OFFENSIVE.
SARCASM IN ALL CAPS =/= CULTURAL GENOCIDE.
IN OTHER NEWS, AS MENTIONED ELSEWHERE, LOOK FOR A NEW TUMBLR JUST FOR SEMIOTICS, CULTURAL THEORY, ET AL. TO DROP SOME SOCIAL SCIENCE ON YOU.
Hello! I'm writing to say I've been reading for a couple weeks and I really, really loved your post on the semiotics of cultural artifacts and why it is appropriative to sport them when the wearer/owner doesn't actively participate in the culture itself. I even printed out a copy to have on hand in my school binder, because this issue comes up ALL THE TIME in my academic classes (aesthetics and art history, respectively) and there's a deep divide between the students who understand the nuances of appropriative interactions between cultures and the students who are like, "But I love my Tiki torch! Why can't I keep it?" So, thank you!
On a logistical note I instinctively went to hit the "reblog" button on the post in question but didn't see one! Would it be all right with you if I reblogged the text, with full attribution and source links?
Thanks for your blog, I enjoy it immensely.
yo, if you want to do an old copy+paste with a link somewhere in the body, that’d be A-OK. also, big announcement:
one of the folks (ME?!) and possibly more from FUCK YEAH CULTURAL APPROPRIATION! might be starting a new project here on tumblr just for semiotics, cultural theory, ET CETERA!
Hi. I've been combatting cultural appropriation for a few years now and going the best to educate my friends an the community around me and it is soo refreshing to fin this blog. I do however have one question and one critique. Q. How do you all feel about music and cultural appropriation? Hip-hop and white kids, indian music and neo-hippies, gregorian chanting and atheists? C. Enough head dresses, we get it. There are many more examples that should be brought to light like zorgons (whites with dreads), prayer flags, drum circles, suburb thugs and the like.
Love your site. keep fighting the good fight
BEST SITE. A+. LMFAO ALL THE WHINING IN YOUR ASK BOX.
what i don't get is what is so hard about going "oh wow this is offensive, i guess i should lay off of it." i mean i guess that would require admitting something you are doing is wrong, as well as not playing that stupid game of "WELL /YOU/ DO /THIS/" or "/THIS/ IS OKAY TO MY ___ FRIEND" about it. too much work i guess???