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.

EverydayFeminism explains cultural appropriation vs. cultural exchange really well in this article.

So I hope that answers your question in depth, and once again, I do appreciate the question, and the respectful way in which you asked it.

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Never thought astronomy could be so cute.

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"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?"

Why would anyone think that was a good idea!?

This… was near where I used to live… -____-;


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[Watch the entire video of tomska's Sex Talk here]

Male resistance to rape culture: UR DOIN IT RIGHT

 Tomska is a great person

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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

artist find at Lustik

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hybrids (by flora-file)

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.

xGraptoveria, xGraptosedum, xPachyveria, xSedeveria, 

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"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

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