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A white girl wore a bindi at Coachella. And, then my social media feeds went berserk. Hashtagging the term “cultural appropriation” follows the outrage and seems to justify it at the same time. Except that it doesn’t.

Cultural appropriation is the adoption of a specific part of one culture by another cultural group. As I (an Indian) sit here, eating my sushi dinner (Japanese) and drinking tea (Chinese), wearing denim jeans (American), and overhearing Brahm’s Lullaby (German) from the baby’s room, I can’t help but think what’s the big deal?

The big deal with cultural appropriation is when the new adoption is void of the significance that it was supposed to have — it strips the religious, historical and cultural context of something and makes it mass-marketable. That’s pretty offensive. The truth is, I wouldn’t be on this side of the debate if we were talking about Native American headdresses, or tattoos of Polynesian tribal iconography, Chinese characters or Celtic bands.

Why shouldn’t the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I’ve listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won’t be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi. Of my informal survey of 50 Hindu women, not one could accurately explain it’s history, religious or spiritual significance. I had to Google it myself, and I’ve been wearing one since before I could walk.

We can’t accuse non-Hindus of turning the bindi into a fashion accessory with little religious meaning because, well, we’ve already done that. We did it long before Vanessa Hudgens in Coachella 2014, long before Selena Gomez at the MTV Awards in 2013, and even before Gwen Stefani in the mid-90s.

Indian statesman Rajan Zed justifies the opposing view as he explains, “[The bindi] is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol… It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory…” If us Indians had preserved the sanctity and holiness of the bindi, Zed’s argument for cultural appropriation would have been airtight. But, the reality is, we haven’t.

The 5,000 year old tradition of adorning my forehead with kumkum just doesn’t seem to align with the current bindi collection in my dresser — the 10-pack, crystal-encrusted, multi-colored stick-on bindis that have been designed to perfectly compliment my outfit. I didn’t happen to pick up these modern-day bindis at a hyper-hipster spot near my new home in California. No. This lot was brought from the motherland itself.

And, that’s just it. Culture evolves. Indians appreciated the beauty of a bindi and brought it into the world of fashion several decades ago. The single red dot that once was, transformed into a multitude of colors and shapes embellished with all the glitz and glamor that is inherent in Bollywood. I don’t recall an uproar when Indian actress Madhuri Dixit’s bindi was no longer a traditional one. Hindus accepted the evolution of this cultural symbol then. And, as the bindi makes it’s way to the foreheads of non-South Asians, we should accept — even celebrate — the continued evolution of this cultural symbol. Not only has it managed to transcend religion and class in a sea of one-billion brown faces, it will now adorn the faces of many more races. And that’s nothing short of amazing.

So, you won’t find this Hindu posting a flaming tweet accusing a white girl of #culturalappropriation. I will say that I’m glad you find this aspect of my culture beautiful. I do too.

i did the thing.

katiekatkkm:

I can’t decide if Taylor or Nikki’s reaction is better

studip:

real talk the first place id hit up during the purge is the pet store u gonna see me on the street with 50 puppies on leashes


"I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance."
Vincent van Gogh

"I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance."

Vincent van Gogh

giantspacefetus:

aries- doge

taurus- tfw no gf

gemini- farming memes

cancer- spiders georg

leo- shrek, onions

virgo- i came out to have a good time and im honestly feeling so attacked right now

libra- peach time

scorpio- rick rolling

sagittarius- bee movie

capricorn- john green, metaphors

aquarius- birds riding skateboards

pisces- photoshopping kim’s head from the kim kardashian game onto actual photos of kim kardashian

noirely:

rock-lee:

soul-rebel-impel:

sad thing is, you can’t beat this man in a fight so you can’t say shit about his fit

why would you say shit in the first place? this man is on another level

he’s slayin’ all you basics tbh

ubersociallyinept:

I don’t wanna date real boys I just wanna have an orgy with the akatsuki

raphnarock:

stirpicus:

cyclonemetal:

in which Totoro boops Mana Ashida on the head.

Japanese child actress Mana was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.

OMG HE’S TOTORO
NEVER NOT REBLOG GUILLERMO DEL TOTORO

raphnarock:

stirpicus:

cyclonemetal:

in which Totoro boops Mana Ashida on the head.

Japanese child actress Mana was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.

OMG HE’S TOTORO

NEVER NOT REBLOG GUILLERMO DEL TOTORO

221bbarricade:

zanetehaiden:

snow-anne:

king-for-a-vagina:

benedicttcumberbatchh:

carryonmy-assbutt:

sassygayklavierspieler:

fandombarf:

alexander2539:

fandombarf:

There’s a dollar in my g string

THAT IS YOUR D STRING. G IS ALL THE WAY ON MY LEFT.

EXCUSE ME you uncultured swine. That IS my G string. LEFT TO RIGHT IT’S: C G D A ON A CELLO. And if you notice the dollar is wonderfully tucked in my G STRING.DO NOT DOUBT MY SIX YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.

FUCKING VIOLINISTS

THEY’RE NOT CALLED VIOLINISTS THEY’RE CALLED CELLISTS

IT,WAS THE VIOLINIST THAT THOUGHT IT WAS THE WRONG STRING JESUS CHRIST

This is just one massive train wreck

String players can be a bit high-strung.

y’all need to cellout

We all need to calm down before this gets violin-t

221bbarricade:

zanetehaiden:

snow-anne:

king-for-a-vagina:

benedicttcumberbatchh:

carryonmy-assbutt:

sassygayklavierspieler:

fandombarf:

alexander2539:

fandombarf:

There’s a dollar in my g string

THAT IS YOUR D STRING. G IS ALL THE WAY ON MY LEFT.

EXCUSE ME you uncultured swine. That IS my G string. LEFT TO RIGHT IT’S: C G D A ON A CELLO. And if you notice the dollar is wonderfully tucked in my G STRING.
DO NOT DOUBT MY SIX YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.

FUCKING VIOLINISTS

THEY’RE NOT CALLED VIOLINISTS THEY’RE CALLED CELLISTS

IT,WAS THE VIOLINIST THAT THOUGHT IT WAS THE WRONG STRING JESUS CHRIST

This is just one massive train wreck

String players can be a bit high-strung.

y’all need to cellout

We all need to calm down before this gets violin-t

solluxthetrollux:

codeinewarrior:

say those three words and i’m yours

image

BIG.

MEATY.

CLAWS.

fivepleaseguideme:

Right, so I came across this on Facebook and I am absolutely infuriated. It currently holds 145 likes on the Creme de la Meme page, or whatever the fuck it’s called, some shite. They made funny t-shirts but is obviously run by an ignorant nerd.
The ignorance of people and also my own fucking gender is absolutely atrocious. For the image, it’s true that the rich guy wasn’t asked to be robbed, and he still should not be blamed for being robbed. Additionally, the original image… it’s the human body. It’s objectifying women’s bodies to compare it to something like wealth. The guy with the “I hate niggers” sign… that WILL trigger a response because it offends people directly. It’s a sad state of affairs if the human body will affect people as badly as racism.The fact people decided that clothes were always preventative measures against getting raped and would make it less likely to happen was ridiculous. People are raped regardless of what they wear. The percentile of people being raped while wearing something potentially revealing is possibly higher, but that should not be the case.'It is impossible to teach men not to rape' Well for one it’s not just men, women rape too. Secondly just because it’s apparently impossible, does that mean blame really lies with the victims? And that we should give up on educating those individuals?I was called a feminazi by some douche from Texas… I acknowledge that there was once a time where I would have probably said the same. Then I did my research and really discovered how crap the reputation of women is and how bad slut-shaming can be.Someone also said that the method of protest was inappropiate? It’s, again, the human body. I think their point is made quite well. If someone is really offended by boobs, it’s a bit silly. Plus, if a guy had his chest out, or his arse, or GOD SAVE US his balls, I doubt it would trigger the same reaction. The female body is a serious topic that should be covered or else rape. The male body is seen somewhat as a joke, which again, either response is pretty crappy.She also said something about how what clothes a girl wore didn’t affect a police report… for one, I didn’t even mention the police. My argument was a lot of society will ask "What were you wearing when you were raped? Oh, no wonder" Nothing to do with police. Although anyone who lies about rape, if they are sound of mind, are pure scum of the Earth.The attitude which came across was that’s how it is, so deal with it. The reason these women are PROTESTING is to attempt to change these attitudes. Stop blaming rape on what people are wearing. Covering up will not help you. Education about gender equality and punishment to those responsible of harm is the only way forward. It is the fallacy of the gender and needs to change. Women should not be seen as meat. Do your research, women, and discover what you’re up against because of the body you were born into.

fivepleaseguideme:

Right, so I came across this on Facebook and I am absolutely infuriated. It currently holds 145 likes on the Creme de la Meme page, or whatever the fuck it’s called, some shite. They made funny t-shirts but is obviously run by an ignorant nerd.

The ignorance of people and also my own fucking gender is absolutely atrocious. For the image, it’s true that the rich guy wasn’t asked to be robbed, and he still should not be blamed for being robbed. Additionally, the original image… it’s the human body. It’s objectifying women’s bodies to compare it to something like wealth. The guy with the “I hate niggers” sign… that WILL trigger a response because it offends people directly. It’s a sad state of affairs if the human body will affect people as badly as racism.

The fact people decided that clothes were always preventative measures against getting raped and would make it less likely to happen was ridiculous. People are raped regardless of what they wear. The percentile of people being raped while wearing something potentially revealing is possibly higher, but that should not be the case.

'It is impossible to teach men not to rape' Well for one it’s not just men, women rape too. Secondly just because it’s apparently impossible, does that mean blame really lies with the victims? And that we should give up on educating those individuals?

I was called a feminazi by some douche from Texas… I acknowledge that there was once a time where I would have probably said the same. Then I did my research and really discovered how crap the reputation of women is and how bad slut-shaming can be.

Someone also said that the method of protest was inappropiate? It’s, again, the human body. I think their point is made quite well. If someone is really offended by boobs, it’s a bit silly. Plus, if a guy had his chest out, or his arse, or GOD SAVE US his balls, I doubt it would trigger the same reaction. The female body is a serious topic that should be covered or else rape. The male body is seen somewhat as a joke, which again, either response is pretty crappy.

She also said something about how what clothes a girl wore didn’t affect a police report… for one, I didn’t even mention the police. My argument was a lot of society will ask "What were you wearing when you were raped? Oh, no wonder" Nothing to do with police. Although anyone who lies about rape, if they are sound of mind, are pure scum of the Earth.

The attitude which came across was that’s how it is, so deal with it. The reason these women are PROTESTING is to attempt to change these attitudes. Stop blaming rape on what people are wearing. Covering up will not help you. Education about gender equality and punishment to those responsible of harm is the only way forward. It is the fallacy of the gender and needs to change. Women should not be seen as meat. Do your research, women, and discover what you’re up against because of the body you were born into.

vaporwave-official:

Mom, Dad, I have decided to become an existential concept.

aimchatroom:

BRUH HIT THE KUSH AND NOW HE BYAKUGONE

aimchatroom:

BRUH HIT THE KUSH AND NOW HE BYAKUGONE