1. 14:15 21st Apr 2014

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    Reblogged from helian-thus

    A Handy Guide to What Is and Isn’t Cultural Appropriation


    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. 

  2. 14:15

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    Reblogged from tinyglowingscreens











    ESL (English as a Second Language)

    Sign Language



    General Language Sites

    Follow thelanguagecommunity.tumblr.com for even more websites!

  3. dont-drop-that-dutdutdutdut:

    So guys, at my school we have a senior, Hannah Wagernackle, and she has Down’s syndrome. Despite that, she is very popular, and on our cheerleading team. A few weeks ago, she asked James Maslow, from Big Time Rush, to prom through a video. The video has over 20,000 hits, and on Friday morning, he sent a response. Sadly, he could not make it to our prom because he would be shooting for Dancing with the Stars. Instead, he flew her and her mom and sister out to LA for an extended weekend with him. He took them to Disneyland, and she is coming with him to shoot DWTS on Monday and they are going to have their own special prom dance. I cannot believe this happened to one of us. Please share this story, Hannah’s story, to show that not all celebrities are douches to their fans.

  4. 14:14

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    Reblogged from curvas-peligrosas

    1. are you gay?
    3. gay people: hella
    4. pan/bi/poly people: ish?
    5. are you straight:
    6. straight people: YES????? WHAT ELSE WOULD I BE???? DO I LOOK GAY???? IS IT MY SHIRT????
    7. gay people: nah
    8. pan/bi/poly people: ish?

  5. 14:13

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    Reblogged from callipygousbusiness


    when you think your cramps are finished but then


  6. 14:13

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    Reblogged from callipygousbusiness

    But remember, there are two ways to dehumanize someone: by dismissing them, and by idolizing them.
    — David Wong  (via boneshard)

    (Source: gassions)

  7. 14:12

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    Reblogged from primestigma


    you should check out #AcademicAbleism on twitter, if you haven’t already. 

  8. 23:12 20th Apr 2014

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    Reblogged from tinyglowingscreens






    Art and text by Madeline Gonzalez.

    Can this be made into a children’s book so I can buy it for my future children?

    I second this^^


    (Source: )

  9. 22:38

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    Reblogged from dxblin

    There’s a paradox in thinking that you’re better than other girls, when your whole reason for feeling that way is because you think your gender is so inherently inferior that you want to dis-identify with being a girl altogether.

    More Than Words: Tomboys R Us

    THIS whenever some girl brags about being “one of the boys” or says something like “I’m not like other girls, I LOVE [stereotypically masculine thing].”

    (via giraffodill)

  10. 22:37

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    Reblogged from tinyglowingscreens




    first kiss: queer women

    this is infinitely cuter than that strangers kiss for a clothing label ad or homophobes hug gay people video

    this is the cutest shit ever :)

    "now what do we do? Go home and get married?" x)