The Caterpillar and Alice looked up at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed the girl with a voice languid, sleepy.
"Who are you," asked the Caterpillar.
It was not an encouraging way to start a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, "I - I do not know very well, Lady, at present - at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I have changed many times since then.
It’s not a stupid question, and I appreciate you asking so respectfully.
First, let’s look at the Wikipedia definition, b/c it’s actually pretty good.
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It can include the introduction of forms of dress or personal adornment, music and art, religion,language, or social behavior.
These elements, once removed from their indigenous cultural contexts, can take on meanings that are significantly divergent from, or less nuanced than, those they originally held.
Appropriation practice involves the ‘appropriation’ of ideas, symbols, artifacts, image, sound, objects, forms or styles from other cultures, from art history, from popular culture or other aspects of human made visual or non visual culture.
Basically, it is when a person robs/steals elements from a culture that is not their own for purposes of being “fashionable”, “trendy”, “bohemian”, etc.
So for example: when a white person has dreadlocks. Or when a non-Native American wears a war bonnet or Native headdress. Or when a non-Hindu person wears a bindi.
So yes, these things are considered highly offensive. Because you are taking something that is sacred from another culture and using it for your own purposes.
It’s not just offensive, it’s really downright racist most of the time.
So, when Miley Cyrus twerks, when Selena Gomez wears a war bonnet, when Gwen Stefani wears a bindi - these are examples of cultural appropriation.
Things that are NOT appropriation would include like, enjoying the food from another culture. Or reading the books of another culture. And when in doubt, ask yourself, is this something that is sacred, or is this something that was intended to be shared with me?
Like, okay, I have a pair of leather moccasins made by a local shop owner who is Choctaw and makes them to sell in her store. It’s okay for me to wear those as a non-Native American b/c they were made to be purchased by the general population by a member of that culture. Also, moccasins are not a sacred cultural element. Those were intended to be shared with others.
And like I said, the same goes for something like food. If a Chinese person or Mexican person owns a restaurant that serves their own cultural cuisine to the general public, then it’s okay. That’s an example of cultural exchange, versus an example of cultural appropriation. See the difference?
So, basically, yes, it’s offensive when white people wear dreadlocks. They hold a cultural significance that is not extended to white people.
Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
"We have a good, solid Bible quote for our youth ministry, but we need a secular quote too. Some charismatic, influential person whom nobody would expect us to use, so we feel hip and relevant. I know! HOW ABOUT HITLER?"
Yesterday, I was out with a fellow librarian, picking up some Legos to give away as prizes in today’s Lego building competition. We were looking around to see what we could find in the price range that would appeal to all genders. That’s when I came across these:
NeSpoon is a street artist from Warsaw, Poland. Her artistic focus is on the intricate patterns of lace, and breaking its granny stereotype by using it to beautify gritty urban spaces. NeSpoon calls her artistic approach the “jewellery of the public space”:
Jewellery makes people look pretty, my public jewellery has the same goal, make public places look better.
NeSpoon often uses the usual spray paint and stencils of enlarged lace patterns to produce her works on the street via
why am I such a sucker for intergeneric hybrids? In a way they seem so wrong, like frankenplants, created through some forced and unholy union. But the progeny of such crosses are so unique and beautiful. Isn’t it amazing what sort of colors and shapes can pop up when the different genuses in family Crassulaceae get their genes crossed.
"Stop the Devaluation of Feminized Jobs" - Lillian Cuda.
This piece is a commissioned t-shirt and sticker design for MisogynistShaming. I’m excited to see the final garment. If you’re interested in a commissioned piece, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org