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