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Anonymous said: would it be cultural appropriation to wear a kilt???

mimicryisnotmastery:

swagmage420:

sendesirs:

swagmage420:

sendesirs:

swagmage420:

dunno but why would u?

tbh I don’t understand cultural appropriation in the slightest, and it sounds a lot like Tumblr’s new social justice fad.
I don’t it’d fly in the real world at all.
But, I’m open to learning, so if someone wants to share their views, I’d invite it.

there’s a lot of information and incredibly valid reasons out there why it’s a bad thing I can straight up tell you that if somebody appropriated and defaced my culture I wouldn’t let them get away with it. I can tell you it’s definitely not a fad at all. A lot of things/traditions/practices/clothing have heavy cultural significance and to take anything like that and just wear it for fun is disrespectful and a line people shouldn’t but regularly cross. Excusing cultural appropriation allows for the mockery of any cultures being appropriated so I’d like rather nobody gave it a go at all, stick to your own shit.

See? I can’t believe that. I think that… that just paints such an ugly picture of the world. Why would I not want to explore every inch of what humanity has created throughout our time here? I want to taste every flavour, experience every adventure, see every sight, and do so with respect.

I don’t even know what my culture is anymore. Everything has become so fluid. I think the reason that… this is just so foreign to me, is that I was raised in such a multi-cultural place and country. In Canada, I grew up eating Dutch and Ukranian food, speaking French and Japanese (my neighbours), watching American Television, listening to Chinese music, playing sports of other nationalities. Tell me, what’s wrong with that?

Was it cultural appropriation when I did Ramadan for the first time? I was living with a Muslim host family in Quebec, and Ramadan began while I lived with them. I asked them politely if I could try it, that I had read up a lot on it the night before, and I thought it was a beautiful holiday. While I lived with her, I couldn’t help but notice how stunning my host mother was with her head dress on, when she was praying. Their knowledge and wisdom  from their culture given to me is something I hold dear to me. And every year, I have celebrated Ramadan, or at least what I’m capable of pulling off.

I can’t. I’m sorry, this idea is just so foreign to me.

I’m a boy who was raised dancing with natives, speaking with the Japanese, eating with the Italians.
Are you telling me that all these experiences were cultural appropriation? That, every single human being doesn’t have the right to choose their own culture, their own identity. That because of my race, skin colour, and ethnicity, I must confine myself to my ‘defined’ culture?

Well I got news for you. I wasn’t raised to have a ‘specific’ culture, and most people here aren’t.

So if it’s cultural appropriation to find beauty in other cultures, to celebrate them respectfully, then so be it, label me how you wish.

But I refuse to confine myself, and others to any one set of beliefs, ideas, and lifestyles because you feel that they don’t ‘belong’.

Now, perhaps I’m viewing it all wrong. I’m struggling to understand something that offends so many people. If you can say something to help me understand, then please, do it.

can somebody read this for me like what the hell I didn’t ask for this kids story lmao, I’m real tired and sloppy rn somebody take over

I don’t even know what my culture is anymore.”

In light of this statement, you need to take a step back and re-envision this from the perspective of someone who has a culture that they value and that they don’t want to see taken and misused and disrespected by people who have no understand of what cultural value your practices, adornments, etc. have. 

If you can’t understand why people would be offended by having their culture ‘appreciated’ by people who don’t even know what culture signifies and means, then you should really refrain from offering input. Culture is not made for consumption, it’s a way that people within a group can easily identify and relate to one another through a likeness of practices, ideas and various elements. When outsiders put their hands all over it, they remove the value they don’t even know is there and commodify it for their vapid cultureless lives.

You cannot borrow people’s culture because you feel like you don’t have your own. Other people’s cultures aren’t to satisfy your craving for something meaningful in life if you’re not going to respect the people who create and contribute to that culture.

"Now, perhaps I’m viewing it all wrong. I’m struggling to understand something that offends so many people. If you can say something to help me understand, then please, do it."

I’ll say it with hashtags: #shitwhitepeoplesay #whitepplhavenoculture #thatswhyyoudontunderstand #stayinyourlane2k14

'unthinking eurocentrism' by ella shohat and robert stam has been around since 1994 and has a p good explanation of cultural appropriation so you can shut up about it being a 'new' fad

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zzbbtt:

i dont think i’ll ever stop reblogging this shit

If I never reblog this, assume I’m dead.

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WILL AUTO-REBLOG FOREVER.

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MOTHERFUCKER- Mary Sue is a fanfic phenomenon. You want your OC in your original work to be overpowered as fuck- then GOD BLESS.

You want to shoehorn your overpowered OC into a pre-existing framework that disrupts the dynamic of the story, and takes away from the individual accomplishments and interpersonal relationships of that story in order to feel superior- then Not So Much.

Batman is not a Mary Sue in the DC universe. Throw Batman into Harry Potter- then we have a Mary Sue.

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pretty sure if you threw batman into harry potter you’d have sirius black

also batman is not a mary sue //in batman comics// but in the justice league he absolutely is?  he’s written as an unstoppable super-mind who regularly rescues living gods and it’s ridiculous, but while people routinely critique the writing on those stories, nobody ever calls him a mary sue because batman is a dude (well, tbh bc he’s //batman// but still, if it was jimmy olsen they wouldn’t call him a mary sue even though HE TOTALLY IS)

the mary sue thing started so male fanfic readers could tear down female fanfic writers so even if it was ever a legitimate complaint - and given that gate-keeping structure explicitly shaping it’s origins, i don’t buy that - it’s got a bunch of awful nonsense bound up in it

thisthis, and, ironically, this

and this

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So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.

God, what a Mary Sue.

I just described Batman.

ji-bril:

tinysquids:

toxicwinner:

me

I fucking quit

They on their grind.

Wow, that is some Emperor’s New Clothes shit,

ji-bril:

tinysquids:

toxicwinner:

me

I fucking quit

They on their grind.

Wow, that is some Emperor’s New Clothes shit,

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wewerenotthefirst:

dude, what if a prince is cursed to be a dragon but instead of being upset by it, they’re like ‘hell yeah i’m a dragon’ and they spend weeks finding the perfect decrepit castle to haunt and try to convince their fiancé to be a princess in the tower ‘just for like a week’ and everyone is like ‘we can break the fucking curse’ and the prince is like ‘but i’m a dragon.’

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Anonymous said: Sorry to send you a ask, but I didn't want to diverge the thread you were having? It's just...ppl realize Britain decided to play drug dealer and partly set in motion all the shit that went down in 19/20th century China? And they reach democracy only after finished with invading and colonizing countries? No way am I defending China either, but I know my HK relatives are so snobbish over the mainland. They treat mainlanders like the way Americans treat immigrants. (1/2)

tariqk:

jhameia:

(2/2) My mom uses rhetoric similar to ‘white savior feminism/racism’ when talking about mainland women. HK hires foreign domestic helpers and treats them like servants with disdain and suspicion. It’s a little like the colonial mindset? HK kinda see the west shining with freedom and democracy without actually knowing much about imperialism or what it took the West to rise to their current level of power.

Well the thread started with  a discussion of HK so it’s not really a divergence; in fact, lots of the “better off” countries where there wasn’t an ideological conflict with the colonizers over independence oh the surface look like they’re doing well and in fact have some of the damn nastiest traces of colonialism, like the white savior mindset you’re talking about. In Malaysia and Singapore foreign domestic workers are taken on and exploited in so many ways. 

It doesn’t help that in the glorified education system that we got, we’re not really taught about imperialism and colonization and how the West took over. Or we do but it’s twisted in such a way that we cannot connect it to current global race politics today, because history is history, it’s all in the past! It’s very frustrating how people see and don’t see history and its effects today.

Malaysians, like Singaporeans, Hong Kongers and other ex-colonial nations that had a “gentle” transition from colonial administration to independence1, have this major issue with the fact that our decolonizing work is incomplete, and in many ways despite our “independence” (in one form or another), is subservient to colonial ideals, prejudices and structures.

I mean, I have friends on my TL who are deeply affected by the current protests, and the Chinese response is deeply troubling, but yeah, you know what? We’ve seen attitudes like this from Hong Kongers before and some of that racism and unthinking internalized colonialism really need to be deconstructed, while you can be generally supportive for the needs of Hong Kongers to rule themselves in a way they see fit.


  1. Which means that instead of the affected communities taking over ruling the nation from the colonial masters, what happened instead was that a select elite of indoctrinated “statesmen” were hand-picked by the colonial administration, gentle eased into ruling the country, and generally held on to power long enough to create a political class that mirrors the attitudes of the colonialists “in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect”, not really independent at all, but subservient in many ways to the global hierarchy of race and hegemonic capitalism. And yeah, the alternative was to go the route that Vietnam, Indonesia and Burma went, which… you know what? I can’t recommend that route either, so we’re kind of stuck with reforming a system stacked against us. 

yeah, that too

Anonymous said: Sorry to send you a ask, but I didn't want to diverge the thread you were having? It's just...ppl realize Britain decided to play drug dealer and partly set in motion all the shit that went down in 19/20th century China? And they reach democracy only after finished with invading and colonizing countries? No way am I defending China either, but I know my HK relatives are so snobbish over the mainland. They treat mainlanders like the way Americans treat immigrants. (1/2)

(2/2) My mom uses rhetoric similar to ‘white savior feminism/racism’ when talking about mainland women. HK hires foreign domestic helpers and treats them like servants with disdain and suspicion. It’s a little like the colonial mindset? HK kinda see the west shining with freedom and democracy without actually knowing much about imperialism or what it took the West to rise to their current level of power.

Well the thread started with  a discussion of HK so it’s not really a divergence; in fact, lots of the “better off” countries where there wasn’t an ideological conflict with the colonizers over independence oh the surface look like they’re doing well and in fact have some of the damn nastiest traces of colonialism, like the white savior mindset you’re talking about. In Malaysia and Singapore foreign domestic workers are taken on and exploited in so many ways. 

It doesn’t help that in the glorified education system that we got, we’re not really taught about imperialism and colonization and how the West took over. Or we do but it’s twisted in such a way that we cannot connect it to current global race politics today, because history is history, it’s all in the past! It’s very frustrating how people see and don’t see history and its effects today.

lavienoire:

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jhameia:

lavienoire:

only-mildly-fangirling:

lavienoire:

jhameia:

lavienoire:

allerasphinx:

catching up on articles…and posts about hong kong…

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

really?

To be honest. This is why people should get informed on every shit that is happening before reblogging.

I mean, the privilege and bullshit of some locals is big.

I’m not going to tell people how they should feel about their own country. But as everyone can see, people are more ready to kiss white asses, be oppressive towards their own and claim they are being progressive.

Yea, the same sentiment occurs in Malaysia ALL THE TIME. “It’s so great the British colonized us because then we got an education system and a democratic administrative legislature infrastructure and they were so nice to us we didn’t even have to fight violently for independence like all those other (now poorer than us) nations!”

^^^^^^ And talk about poorer ethnic minorities.

um, sorry to butt in, but I am malaysian and we really do have that sentiment. Is that really a bad thing?

Yes, we Malaysians are taught that it is a good thing, all the while acting as thought before British colonialism we were so awful, so much worse off. This lends to the insecurity of Malay heritage (check out tariqk's about that; he talks about this quite a bit). 

We “do well” as an independent nation according to whose standards? Often standards set by former colonizers. But do we really? When GE13 happened and there were all those shenanigans surrounding ballot boxes going missing, what did we do? Flood the Queen of England and President Obama’s Facebook pages begging to be taken back as a colony, begging for US intervention! Like sniveling little cowards incapable of confronting our own problems, the problems of corruption and cronyism and class privilege driven in thru racial division. We never matured as an independent colony separate from the colonial masters; we are what Franz Fanon would call “an immature bourgeoisie”—because we don’t really have an ideological conflict with the colonizer’s terms and conditions for existing that would really have us decolonize. We’re not really that independent; we judge ourselves too much by global standards. 

And that is why we continue to lionize British imperialism as if it did us the biggest favour when what it did was strip us of dignity and left us with the racist racial mess we’ve got (see Syed Alatas’ The Myth of the Lazy Native), and instate a classist capitalist economy that mirrors their own and keeps us busy on the hamster wheel they made.

So, yes, it really is a bad thing, but it’s a hard lesson to learn and most people don’t want to acknowledge it because that would force us to re-consider that maybe we’re part of the whole problem, and how awful is that.

Oh, when you put it like that I completely agree. Malaysia really does compare itself to modern/western civilization, and sets back its own culture as tourist appeal. 

I honestly don’t know anything outside of what school teaches us, but just from a personal comparison of living in Bangladesh (reputably one of the worst places to live) and Malaysia, Malaysia has gone leaps and bounds in standards of living. 

Bangladesh was also a colony like Malaysia, but it’s gone downhill. I know there’s a lot of history between it’s independence and now but I really want to point out that Bangladesh tried its best not to model itself on British standards (“tried”, we’ve still got their education system) and currently, politicians are pretty stubborn about doing things their own ways and frankly, they’ve managed to make a running mess of their own country. 

So yeah, Hong Kong and Malaysia embraced Western civilization and it really does make us look desperate, but for the general population I’d say it does more good than bad

Uhm. This is… weird. I think you could make some argument about what does/doesn’t make a country richer/poorer and there are many, many complex factors, and a long history of things instead of the “embraced/didn’t embrace western civilization.” I mean, i don’t even know where to begin.

The fact that some countries do better cause they “assimilated” a political/economical/social system that is dominant in our world’s economies… is not casualty. And see it this way, the fact that people upraised and opposed to colonization and it cost them their lives quality, isn’t because “the western model is better” is because for some places there is little to do globally without “adapting” to the western model even when the same model pillage you and used you to get powerful. Also, the cultural/racial/ethnic conflicts don’t affect everyone the same way, it’s way too simplistic to believe that, when the usually things like corruption, bad government, etc., don’t come and go because “we have/don’t have the western model”. I guess we could say globally… the western type politics is dominant. And you said it, when they don’t “adapt,” they suffer. You could turn that discourse around, but I will still find it way too simplistic and very biased.

Also. That some people have nice live quality doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t exist.

But anyway, the problem with parties that are conservative and corrupt and fail a lot of the time had to do with power-hungy leaders in impoverished places that take “decolonizing” discourses to maintain power. Some don’t even, some take the pretty colonial discourses and pillage their own exploited countries. There are many, many examples.

Uhm, tangential, but let me say it, we adapted pretty fine to the western model. And the fact that my south american country is the poorest of the region has many, many factors instead of a single “this look more like they would do.”

Not to mention, actually the Malaysian govt, esp the “Umnoputras” spends a LOT of time demonizing Western culture without reflecting on how they have internalized colonial ideas about their own culture. Cronyism and corruption is STILL an issue even with our “better standards of living” which we achieved by privatizing a lot of basic services and submitting to neoliberal models, which sound good on paper and on the short term because it relieves the govt of expenses, but it does mean that our worth as citizens is very much measured by how much spending we can do, WITHOUT basic safety nets. 

MIDDLE-class life in Malaysia is good, but tell that to the poorer districts and rural areas which struggle to get govt attention; tell that to refugees coming to our shores; tell that to migrant workers who are kept in hostels and dorms and work in exploitative factory conditions. The gap between rich and poor has widened since my childhood days. Our hospital emergency services are kind of terrible—I’ve heard so many horror stories of administrative fuckups trying to verify ICs and whatnot before sending over an ambulance often leaving people to die before they get the go-ahead. (Sure you can get cheap medical care in certain hospitals but be prepared to put your life on hold for a while.) (Private hospitals are good but damn, I was in one for one night and they charged my parents RM5000!) There’re a lot of beautification projects all over Malaysia that make it look like we have it so good but in fact they are incredibly disability-unfriendly and they are poorly maintained after a while. 

When we make judgement calls of what is good and bad, somehow it always comes out to “all that indignity of being colonized and made to feel like we are inferior while our local industries were destroyed by Western monopolies is worth the modern inconveniences we currently have” as if these conveniences are the only worthwhile benchmarks of happiness and dignity. 

I am not saying that these modern conveniences are fucking awful let’s get rid of them, but I very much dislike it when they are praised uncritically without thought of the psychological costs we are paying to keep up with the West.

Do we have a name for the trope where…

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eshusplayground:

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…the heroine “incidentally” is blonde-haired and blue-eyed and pale-skinned (whitest of the white) while a female antagonist or villain “just happens” to have dark hair (sometimes curly), dark eyes, and other features stereotypically affiliated with Jewish women, Roma women, Latinas, and other non-white (or conditionally white) women?

I couldn’t find or think of a trope that solely encompasses this specific set-up, however it does fall under the umbrella of a LOT of other tropes, a few examples of which are Evil Eyebrows, Sinister Shnoz, Good Hair/Evil Hair (which leads into Messy Hair, which leads into a variation of The Ophelia for women), and Villainous Cheekbones, but you can really narrow it down to a manifestation of Beauty Equals Goodness combined with Color-Coded for Your Convenience. Like I said, it falls under a LOT of other appearance-specific tropes that are supposed to inform the consumer of media how to code for good and evil on sight, and I think all of those “satellite” tropes reinforce, and in many, many ways prop up the Beauty Equals Goodness and Color-Coded combination. There really should be a specific name for it, though, because it occurs far too often to be an incidental or accidental combination of tropes. Perhaps “Color-Coded Beauty Equals Goodness”?

It’s weird, right? Because it combines a lot of shit, but few tropes name both the elevation of whiteness and the simultaneous devaluation of racial Others (insofar as they are others in a white supremacist media).

When I was looking at different tropes to try and see if there was a specific one for this, I was surprised by the lack of mention in the definitions of most of the tropes of the long, long history of use to codify race in media. Like it’s been a thing to use large noses to codify “Jewishness” in media, but the Sinister Shnoz trope didn’t mention that at all as far as I saw. And there is truly a huge lack of tropes that show the systematic elevation/devaluation in whiteness vs Others in white-centered media. The fact that there’s a trope for almost every aspect of a heroic character who will, more than likely, be white, but no specific trope for the blatant racism of codifying characters is ridiculous. 

The way all the tropes are described? It’s THERE. The racist coding IS there. But no one wants to come right out and SAY IT. Because then you know it’ll bring out the “why do we have to make it about race” worms out the woodwork and who wants to deal with all that bugaboo.

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Disney’s Queen Elsa Frozen - Inspired Makeup Tutorial & Disney’s Princess Anna Frozen - Inspired Makeup Tutorial by Ellend Muzzakky

ARE WE NOT GOING TO DISCUSS HOW SHE  FOLDED HER HIJABS TO LOOK LIKE THE HAIR OF THE CHARACTER, THAT IS SUCH A LOVELY AND GREAT IDEA. OHMYGOD

UGH SHE IS SO CUTE AND ADORABLE AND THE THING WITH THE HIJABS IS SUPER COOL BECAUSE IT LOOKS ACCURATE TO THE CHARACTERS AND CAN LEGIT INSPIRE MUSLIM COSPLAYERS.

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