This is the banana of luck, Reblog it and tomorrow you’ll get good news.
as a general rule. if what we’re calling ‘cultural appropriation’ sounds like nazi ideology (i.e. ‘white people should only do white people things and black people should only do black people things’) with progressive language, we are performing a very very poor application of what ‘cultural appropriation’ means. this is troublingly popular in the blogosphere right now and i think we all need to be more critical of what it is we may be saying or implying, even unintentionally.
There is nothing wrong with everyone enjoying each other’s cultures so long as those cultures have been shared.
Eating Chinese food, watching Bollywood movies, going to see Cambodian dancers, or learning to speak Korean so you can watch every K drama in existence is totally fine. The invitation to participate in those things came from within those cultures. The Mexican family that owns the place where I get fajitas wants me to eat fajitas. Their whole business model kind of depends on it, actually.
If you see something from another culture you think you might want to participate in, but you don’t know if that would be disrespectful or appropriative, you can just…ask. Like. A Jewish friend explained what a mezuzah was to me, recently. (It’s the little scroll-thing near their front doors that they touch when they come into their house. It basically means “this is a Jewish household.”)
“Oh, cool,” I said. “Can I touch it? Or is it only for Jewish people?”
“You can touch it or you can not touch it,” she said. “I don’t care.”
“Cool, I’m gonna touch it, then.”
It’s not hard.
You want to twerk, twerk. I’ve never heard a black person say they didn’t think anybody else should be allowed to twerk. Just that they want us to acknowledge that they invented that shit, not Miley fucking Cyrus.
It really boils down to three simple things:
- Consent. Is the culture open to sharing this thing? (& don’t cheat by finding one person who consents while most of the culture disagrees.)
- Context. If a culture is open to sharing a thing but it is a thing of great religious significance, take the time to learn what is a respectful way to treat the thing. Probably don’t use it as random decoration or sexualize it unless that’s what it’s for.
- Credit. Give credit and if possible, buy from the original creators so the money goes where the credit should be.
This is really useful to me personally because I’ve definitely caught myself losing sight of what cultural appropriation actually is, and why it matters, so thank you, and everybody else pay attention too
why do so many animated hugs look like the coldest, most uncomfortable embraces ever?
two people in a cartoon: *hug*
Meanwhile, Stuido Ghibli:
now THATS a hug!!! look at the movement!! look at the the arms and the closeness!!!!!
Can we make this a Studio Ghibli hugs appreciation post?
Like this one! The joy!! The pure happiness and delight!!!
yes yes yes
Thank goodness someone broke this shit down cause these stupid arguments make my blood boil.
this is sooo disingenuous. who the fuck compares having a ps5 or a FUCKING CUP OF COFFEE to paying thousands of dollars for college and think they’re saying something smart? WHO?!?!
also like??? usually these kids have had a phone or an apple watch or even a gaming station for a while from their parents?? my dad has told me time and time again that if my phone breaks his insurance will cover it but you know, insurance doesn’t cover fucking thousands and thousands of dollars of college tuition.
and the netflix subscription is my mum’s and the coffee is free because my friend works at starbucks and doesn’t like coffee so she lets me have her free drinks
and the computer monitor is something i could save up for and the gaming station is second-hand from a friend so
that estimation is the highest it could really possibly be
and the idea that you’re not allowed to have basic necessities (because yes, a working mobile phone and a computer are necessities in this day and age) or basic entertainment, you’re not allowed to treat yourself to a starbucks coffee or a nice watch? the fact that college should be the ONLY THING YOU POSSIBLY SHOULD BE PAYING FOR EVER??? what the fuck??????
and also the frankly hilarious fact that most of us probably wouldn’t get the absolute latest apple iphone anyway, or get any of these things brand fucking new if we could find good second-hand items….
fun fact nonbinary ppl with boobs, nonbinary ppl who like their boobs, and nonbinary ppl who want boobs are cool and valid and just as nonbinary as ppl w flat chests and deserve to have a good time all the time
please reblog this its important
Non binary does not equal vaguely masculine
take your PLASTIC TRASH funko pops and shove them wherever your disingenuous ass put the real neil gaiman. you can't convince me you didn't steal his body, whoever you are. i'm sure he's having fun in the fae realm but ffs we don't need the oceans choked with fucking funkos. have a really fantastic day
I’m just happy that there’s finally some actual authorised merchandise for people to buy. (If you had had to apologise for the last three years to the quantities of sad people who wanted something from Good Omens, anything, but couldn’t get it because it didn’t exist, you would be too.)
I hope that the success of Funko Pops might inspire other people to make licensed things that people would want to buy and that aren’t made out of plastic. And yes, pelagic plastic is a real problem.
“For 60 years, doctors and researchers have known two things that could have improved, or even saved, millions of lives. The first is that diets do not work. … The second big lesson the medical establishment has learned and rejected over and over again is that weight and health are not perfect synonyms.“
“Studies have found that anywhere from one-third to three-quarters of people classified as obese are metabolically healthy. … Meanwhile, about a quarter of non-overweight people are what epidemiologists call “the lean unhealthy.” … Habits, no matter your size, are what really matter.“
“Doctors are supposed to be trusted authorities, a patient’s primary gateway to healing. But for fat people, they are a source of unique and persistent trauma.“
“According to several studies, thin doctors are more confident in their recommendations, expect their patients to lose more weight and are more likely to think dieting is easy.”
“Then there are the glaring cultural differences. … wealthy, skinny doctors will often try to bond with their low-income patients by telling them, “I know what it’s like not to have time to cook.” Their patients, who might be single mothers with three kids and two jobs, immediately think “No, you don’t,”“
““She didn’t even ask me what I was already doing for exercise,” he says. “At the time, I was training for serious winter mountaineering trips, hiking every weekend and going to the gym four times a week. Instead of a conversation, I got a sound bite. It felt like shaming me was the entire purpose.”“