Rev Kate Bottley reacting to the first gay couple to marry legally in the UK

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the ballad of the salad

Is this Coachella?

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when you try to click an image on tumblr to see a bigger version but you get redirected to someones blog


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So fucking powerful.

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Cats Taking Selfies

Previously: Cats Stuck in Things 

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canada looks really broken


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We are slowly trying to distance ourselves from the US…piece by piece.

be free


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this picture is a lot funnier if you imagine this seal’s mouth is the black line between its whiskers instead of the one under them


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On Reverse Cultural Appropriation

I’ve removed myself from a lot of the cultural appropriation debates because as a person of colour, it is fucking exhausting trying to have your feelings and pain constantly invalidated by white folks.

However, I’ve been hearing way too much “well, Black people wear business suits. That’s cultural appropriation.” Or, “well, people of colour speak English.” Or, “in India, they are trying to appropriate Western culture! They have a MacDonalds.” 

Seriously, you CANNOT make these comparisons and here’s why:

I just wanted to say that things are not black and white, and things such as cultural appropriation cannot happen horizontally when power is not distributed horizontally. When we see, for example, “black people wearing business suits” vs let’s say, hipsters wearing headresses, there is a different context and a different meaning that is being produced. We need to look back at history, to context, to culture, to ideology, and to power to really understand what these things are communicating. 

Why, for example, are people of colour speaking English and wearing “western clothes?”, you may ask. In many cases, COLONIZED countries were forced to adopt the culture of the colonizer while their own culture was violently removed. Residential schools, for example, forced indigenous children to speak English, adopt christianity, and were forced to wear European clothes and adopt a European culture. Therefore, it is important to understand the history of colonialism and to understand that what you see as a parallel act of “cultural appropriation,” is really the product of colonialism. To equate those things is to deny the historical and continued violence produced by colonialism, and it is also a huge reflection of privilege. 

Forced assimilation does not equal the appropriation and the commodification of another person’s culture. Furthermore, forced assimilation does not have to be as black and white as putting people into residential schools, but it can also be an epistemic and ideologically forced assimilation such as “business suits* = a necessary uniform to gain access into the white collar workforce,” therefore, in turn, what this also produces is the idea that the “native dress” of someone else’s culture is devalued and “uncivilized.” Therefore, in order for a person of colour to have a white collar job, they must then wear a business suit.  We have the social and cultural understanding that “business suits = employment,” but we never interrogate where that comes from and what that means.

Let me just say this,

White supremacy works so that white privilege goes unnoticed. 

Hipsters wearing headresses is cultural appropriation because it is a commodification of indigenous culture. It takes something from someone else’s culture without any context or respect and turns it into something marketable and profitable. It reiterates the very techniques of colonialism by objectifying someone else’s culture and turning that culture into something available for consumption. It has the effect of making indigenous culture as something belonging to white people by turning indigenous-looking clothes into fashion accessories. It also helps to perpetuate essentializing stereotypes of what indigenous culture is by removing indigenous clothing from its historical specificity and context. 

I think that people get so defensive about being called out on those things like this because it threatens their sense of entitlement. Colonialism is about feeling entitled to every space (regardless if it is yours). It works the same with culture.

It is important to think about how privileged it is to dress “Native” or “Asian” or “African” in order to look fashionable, when folks who are Indigenous, Asian, or African were murdered because they looked and dressed different, because they were “other” than white, and because their cultures were deemed as “uncivilized” (which, was often a claim used to legitmize their colonisation). You have the agency to “try on” those cultures, whereas other groups of people were forced to adopt another culture (while still being discriminated against because regardless of how they speak or what they wear, they still aren’t the right skin colour). How is that equal? How is this the same?

So seriously, check your privilege before making stupid arguments such as “well, Indigenous people speak English…” It’s not productive to feel guilty, but it’s not productive to pretend that those power dynamics don’t exist either. 

*I’m just using this as an example because someone else made that comparison.

If I had a dime for how many times I’ve had “stop speaking English” dropped into my Ask box by an anon, I’d be a rich woman.  This was spectacular. It can never be said enough.  Thanks to “Meow” for bringing this to my attention!

PS: A recent anon hatemail I received - apparently I’m a threat to “everyone who cherishes diversity” according to all of the people they know. If that’s their definition of diversity, you better bet I’m a threat.

Stop speaking English! It’s a European thing! Stop wearing jeans! It’s another European thing! Stop listening to jazz or rock and roll! That belongs to the African Americans. Globalization has allowed all cultures to share their wealth. Although cultures can be belittled by the media, they can also be celebrated. You see someone wanting to buy a headdress as offensive to your culture, but could it be that they are proud to show that they support your culture? Next time you post something, declaring how racist all of the white people of the world are, consider what their true intentions are. If you ignore the value many place one diversity, you ignore everything toward which civil rights leaders have worked. You are not the only one whose culture is being used to sell commodities, so please don’t act like it. The people with whom I have shared this and I agree that it is offensive to everyone who cherishes diversity, so please realize the value of your words.

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While you were building your “culture” white people were building actual liveable cities sans street defecation and honour killings, and if you want to take advantage of that, I think you can stomach a few people adopting the aspects of your culture (the same culture that is important enough to…

Well, I’d like to humbly explain why I think another way. Of course, we are each entitled to our own opinion, but I’d just like to share this with you. First of all, using the term “white culture” is problematic because you are using a racial term and I think it’d be better to say “European culture”. Second, emigration is not the people’s personal fault. It is easy to say that if you were born in a developed country, but living under oppressive governments (or other situations that would make you want to abandon a country) is hard and it’s only logical that people flee. It doesn’t make you any less tied to your culture at all. Also, some countries are the way there are today because they were colonies of invasion of large empires which simply exploited them and tried to erase their culture. (Of course, I’m sure they introduced some good things too). Finally, your last line seems to suggest globalization is negative and that the contact of cultures inevitably leads to one dominating the other. Should they close in on themselves and ward off external influence? I think not. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the overall idea of this popular debate going on, but I am quite sure of these few points. Have a nice day :)

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And the winner of most cultural appropriative at Coachella goes to… Vanessa Hudgens

Second Place: Kylie & Kendall Jenner

Honorable Mention: Selena Gomez

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