Reblogged from jesusduggar
a lot of ppl seem confused on what cultural appropriation is so lemme break it down
IT IS NOT: enjoying food from another culture, enjoying music from another culture, learning about another culture, or learning another language
IT IS: using another culture as a costume, wearing religious articles as accessories when you are not a follower of that religion, using a race as a mascot, disrespecting religious or cultural practices.
What is objectively defined as “disrespecting religious or cultural practices” and how does that fall under “appropriation”? Taking birth control disrespects some religious practices, so that’s appropriation under this approach. Not wearing a hijab disrespects some religious practices, so again, appropriation. Sure, my comment might be “tryhard” or maybe I’m just “missing the point” but it’s an unrealistic and logically unsound declaration: anything could be defined as cultural appropriation, and when anything counts as being something, something doesn’t really mean anything.
Some argue that religion is not inseparable from culture. Ok, fine, sure. But there is no membership card for certain religions that, with a credit-card like swipe, gives you permission to do certain things. It’s on you if you assign significance to a non-Christian girl wearing a pair of cross earrings from Forever 21 other than that she has a shitty taste in fashion.
Maybe a lot of ppl seem confused because of the hundreds of posts like this one all claiming to have the correct perspective on what cultural appropriation actually is. And when that’s happening, it’s not unfair for people to not buy what you’re selling.
Or maybe this entire “cultural appropriation” thing is bullshit. When it gets to the point that you’re demonstrably more concerned about white girls wearing feather hats than any of the terrible conditions that real Native Americans have to live under… that’s when you know ideology has taken over common sense.
I posted something once about how Ireland was subject to “cultural appropriation” using all of the criteria supplied to me, and it was rejected (rather violentlyin some of the private messages) as a racist, horrific suggestion.
So, I guess, there you are.
For the record, I’m all in favour of disrespecting religious beliefs, for obvious reasons. It would be hypocritical of me to slam Islam and Christianity while treating tribal religions any differently. I’m not going to do that. You can choose to take that as a personal insult, or you can get your head out of your ass.
Also for the record, I am very against sports teams calling themselves the Cleveland Indians, for the reasons supplied by the “cultural appropriation” people. So I agree with them on that.
We just need to get rid of the idea of “cultural appropriation”. It just doesn’t work if you want a diverse society.