Reblogged from bornabitch-allthedaysandnights
On the subject of what many Sjw consider cultural appropriation to be, here’s something for you.
Do you like Chinese food? Not anymore, it’s cultural appropriation.
How about Italian food? Too bad. Cultural appropriation.
Indian food? How dare you?
Mexican food? Stop right now.
Cultural appropriation is a anthropological concept. It’s studied, researched and discussed in academic journals. Tumblr’s probably the first place you’ve come across it though, so I can understand your confusion. It’s also clear that you’re confusing cultural appropriation with what is actually cultural diffusion.
No one who is against cultural appropriation is against participating or involving in other cultures. The problem with appropriation is that it is the misrepresentation, misuse, and/or decontextualization of traditions from already marginalized/oppressed groups. It’s a concept from the social sciences, particularly anthropology and specifically describes a harmful/exploitative colonialist power dynamic. It reinforces stereotypes, Eurocentric beauty standards, racist colonial/imperial power dynamics, and in many cases can be a form of visual/symbolic dehumanization.
If you want to participate and involve yourself in other cultures, you have to do it on their terms, and not feel entitled to their cultural practices. It’s not that hard to respect another culture by acknowledging and respecting their boundaries.
That’s actually really nicely put together, and thank you for typing all of that out. It makes me really sorry to inform you that it was entirely satire. I apologize.