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The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation

The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation
Cultural appropriation is a term that isn’t often heard in daily conversation, which means it’s inevitably misunderstood by those who feel attacked by feminists, sociologically-informed bloggers, and others who use the term. Many a white person sporting dreadlocks or a bindi online has taken cultural appropriation to mean the policing of what white people can or can’t wear and enjoy. Having considered their fashion choices a form of personal expression, some may feel unfairly targeted for simply dressing and acting in a way that feels comfortable for them. The same can be said for those who find criticisms of the Harlem Shake meme and whatever it is Miley Cyrus did last month to be an obnoxious form of hipsterdom – just because something has origins in black culture, they say, doesn’t mean white artists can’t emulate and enjoy it. And then there are people who believe that everything is cultural appropriation – from the passing around of gun powder to the worldwide popularity of tea.

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Appropriation vs. Appreciation When it comes to wearing or designing fashion based on other cultures, it’s hard to know if you’re being tacky, cool, or offensive. The dangers of cultural appropriation go beyond offending people, appropriation continues patterns of disempowering groups that are already marginalized. Looks shouldn’t be THAT important. Ideally, we can feel cute while empowering people with what we wear. Well, before you put on that bindi, kimono, “street wear” or adorn yourself with cornrows, a headdress or turban, here are some easy questions to ask yourself:

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Appropriate Cultural Appropriation For some of us, the attractions of another's culture can hardly be overrated. Within the context of speculative fiction's reputation as "escapist" literature, getting away from one's own traditions and background may seem like a good idea. Surely to find that much-prized "sensawunda" sought by genre afficionados, we must leave behind what British fantasist Lord Dunsany called "the fields we know?" But what if the realms beyond these fields are populated? The Transformational Festival Calendar — Festival Fire Welcome to our main Transformational Festival Calendar, showing events in the North & Central American region. We’ve had to divide the calendar because the movement is growing so rapidly. See our other calendars for more events – International, Flow Arts, Burning Man Regionals and more. Transformational refers to cultural transformation or the re-invention of humanity on earth. These events are not your ordinary music concerts.

Ever Been Told to 'Check Your Privilege?' Here's What That Really Means The first time I was told to “check my privilege,” I’ll be honest, I was angry. I was defensive. And most of all, I was offended. It’s not like my life had ever been particularly easy. Growing up with bipolar disorder and being queer, I often felt like I was fighting an uphill battle. So for someone to suggest that I was privileged?

aliettedb: Cultural appropriation [Warning: this is me in ranty, pissed-off mood. I apologise for picking targets and basically offloading my anger on them, but I honestly feel I can't make you understand what I mean without pointing at specific bits. Many thanks to Rochita Loenen-Ruiz for reading this before it went live] Apropos of nothing and just for the record: when people complain about cultural appropriation, they’re not all [1] saying that outsiders shouldn’t write cultures foreign to them.

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