Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd
my snakes healed (1st session). stencil made by akumayouthdfl, inked by laurent maina at divine canvas tattoo in london. shading to come soon!
I think I’m going to make that previous post into a post that can be reblogged. Again, this is just one person’s opinion about cultural appropriation! Don’t take my words as absolute truth. Ask different people what they think and read different stories.
What is cultural appropriation?
The phrase means literally, “one culture taking parts from another culture”, for example, the idea of pizza spreading from Italian immigrants to become a food that people call “American”. But, it’s not as simple as that.
One reason cultural appropriation can be bad, is that sometimes, it has the power to make people stereotype the original culture, or, make them see a version of it that is mostly invented by people who are not from that culture, and, not actually true. It can cause people to see the other culture as “strange” and “exotic”, because, they only see the other culture through the eyes of the people from their own culture. This usually happens when a very powerful culture takes things from a less powerful culture, and stereotypes them or creates their own idea about them, that erases people’s idea of the original culture.
Another reason it can be bad, is that rituals and history that have a strong meaning to the original culture, can be treated by outsiders as “just for fun”. Then, the ritual or history is treated in a way that is disrespectful and offensive, to someone who has it as a very deep part of their culture.
How to avoid cultural appropriation?
Cultural appropriation damages cultures when a dominant culture takes things from another culture without understanding them, or uses them in ways that are not how they were originally, and replaces the dominant culture’s idea of what the other culture is like. To avoid this:
- Make sure that when you study other cultures, you are careful to study from original sources, from people in that culture. Don’t study by using writing about that culture that is written by outsiders. Often, it is biased and racist.
- Make sure that when you study other cultures, you take time to learn a lot of details about the culture and why things are done the way that they are. Don’t learn one thing or a few things, and decide that you “know about the culture”. Cultures are very big and complicated. If you think a small study can tell you everything there is to know about that culture, you are treating that culture like a shallow thing. If you realise that even different areas of the United States, have their own cultures, languages, dialects, food, and inside those areas, different ethnic groups also have their own cultures (that might or might not be the same as the ones in the country that group first comes from)… then, you realise, a whole country can’t be understood by learning a few cultural rituals.
- Remember that the things you learn about other cultures from TV, school, etc. are usually the stereotypes. When you start to learn about a culture seriously, ignore the things that you “think you know”, and learn directly from that culture.
- If you want to do something from another culture, learn about what it means in that culture, and find out if there might be any reason why it would be disrespectful for you to do it. It’s not automatically disrespectful for to do something from another culture, but, it’s important to learn whether there is an issue.
- Just because you learn about a culture, don’t act like an expert on it. Always listen to people from that culture if they say that you have it wrong.
- Don’t treat parts of other people’s cultures as “exotic” or “so mysterious!” Remember, they are normal to those people. Don’t make them seem like strange beings.
- Don’t assume that just because someone is from a culture that you are studying, they want to hear all about how fascinating it is to you. Imagine that someone comes up to you and says, “oh, you’re American! I love hamburgers, too! Have you ever been in a movie?” It’s really embarrassing and feels weird and insulting, right? You think, “America is more complicated than that… and, just because I’m American, doesn’t mean I like stereotyped American things”, right? People from other cultures feel like that too. Treat them like every other person.
- Again: this is the important thing! Remember that cultures are more complicated than you think they are! North American food is not just “hamburgers”… and, food of other cultures is not just “sushi” or “curry” or “rice”. Try to avoid saying things like “I like Japanese food”. Do you know how many different things that is? Instead, say the types of food you like, like, “I like onigiri and curry udon”. (So do I （´・ω・｀）)
In the end, treat other cultures like you would want people to treat yours. You don’t have to think “I never can do anything involved with this culture”, but be very careful thinking you know about a culture because you learned a few things. Be respectful and humble, and always willing to learn. Don’t jump in with your ideas, listen more than you speak. Always let the person from that culture speak first.
And if someone says, “those clothes/that word/that kind of food has an important meaning, you can’t just use it for fun”… then, listen and respect that.
This way, you can enjoy learning and moving beyond just the ideas in your own culture, without causing harm! I hope this helps （´・ω・｀）
New Fan Picture of Kristen & friends out in LA (x)
her friend has a god hates bags tote. HAAAA SO AMAZING
quietlyc0nfident asked: I forgot how fucking rad your blog is. :) I hope you are having a magical day.
<3 Thanks soo much, lovely. You are awesome!
Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
People being angry about ~dem gays~ on Target’s Facebook.
I just want to give my two cents on this and tell you a story.
A couple weeks ago, I was hired at Target. I have a job at Target. Not a big deal right?
It is a big deal because i’m a transman.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it’s hard for me, my brothers, and sisters to get a job. There are legal restraints regarding the job and if you don’t pass, it’s hard to be taken seriously at a job interview.
Right on the application, it asks what your preferred name is. It also asks if there is anything that target should know. I put the fact that I am a transman, expecting not to get a call because usually when you put that down, people will throw out the application. I got TWO interviews.
At the interview, they asked me about it. I told them I am on hormones and they told me that they didn’t care. Not in the sense that they don’t emotionally care, but that it didn’t matter. I was male and that’s all that mattered. They also told me that they give sex same couples benefits in states that do not recognize them as a married couple.
At my job orientation, I was not misgendered once. Even my supervisors who weren’t sure of my gender avoided pronoun use, which I found only happens when you’ve had pronoun training. They gave me a name tag with my preferred name and didn’t ask questions. I felt safe and respected, which is huge for a trans* person.
TLDR: Target is amazing not just for the LGB, but also the T. Shop there for the rest of your life.
Target has had its share of problems, but their willingness to hire LGBT folks has always impressed me. I live in an area with a large LGBT community - all four of the letters well-represented. And the staff at my local Target reflects that. It’s so nice and sadly unexpected to see large companies stepping up like that.
people are SooOooooOOOOOO DUMB
So today Angelina Jolie had double mastectomy, which is the removal of one’s breasts, to prevent Breast cancer. So instead of praising Angelina on her bravery, men on Twitter decided to ridicule her, even calling her stupid for removing her breasts. For those of you on Tumblr that are attacking Feminists about being delusional about sexism against women and misogyny here’s your fucking proof that sexism and misogyny exists.
OH MY FUCKING GOD!
IF YOU EVER WONDER WHY I HATE PEOPLE JUST TAKE A FUCKING LOOK AT THIS
this is how much I could stomach before I unfriended the OP. sometimes I forget that outside my closest circles of friends there are people like this who actually still exist and think this kind of shit is okay
*btw, the comment that ends in a ‘see more’ read in full:
“I’ve been sexually harassed in the street hundreds of times and sexually assaulted, so yep, I have personally been downtrodden by attitudes that exist because of the historical treatment of women. if the English nobility were still calling you a cunt and threatening to rape you just because you walked past them in a skirt then yeah, I’d say it would still be important to strive for equality”
fucking disgusting… kudos to you.