stallionmyheart said:

Your previous post about Taylor Swift being racist was quite stupid to begin with. If you look carefully, even white girls were twerking. And if you see the Livechat then you would have known what was the whole point of the video. People seriously need to stop this thing. And by people I mean people like you. Even the haters and the anti fans are defending her because any person (who is not dense and not being intentionally) can see the true message instead of creating a hustle. Thank you.

Ayesha Siddiqi, “Can the White Girl Twerk?” :

"The thrill of appropriation lies in accessing the perceived authenticity of black sexuality, the success of appropriation lies in abandoning its natural form. Transfer to a white body elevates the action. It’s no longer primitive because while nonwhite culture is assumed to be rooted in instinct, white culture is one of intent. Elaborate nail art, like the kind Miley wears now, appears stylish on a white girl but described as “ghetto” on a black girl because on the white girl, it’s an aesthetic choice whereas black girls just don’t know any better. White people clamoring to up their cred by appropriating nonwhite culture do so hoping to be rewarded for choices that are falsely seen as inherent in people of color. It’s this savvy that Miley wants us to be convinced of."

If cultural appropriation was the way tumblr describes it,

Americans wouldn’t be allowed to

eat Chinese food,

learn Spanish,

watch anime,

eat pizza,

have a religion other than Christian,

talk to people from other countries,

or use words with Latin roots.

If that’s your idea of an integrated community, then you aren’t doing anything positive for the state of the country.

It’s now very common to hear people say, “I’m rather offended by that”, as if that gives them certain rights. It’s no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. “I’m offended by that.” Well, so fucking what?
—  Stephen Fry

All joking aside, Taylor Swift knows she’s white. She’s not like Azalea, who’s trying to be black so hard it hurts.

What Swift and company are doing though is almost worse. The through line in most of these videos isn’t wholeheartedly the imitation of black culture, it’s the use of black people as props.

—  Opinion contributor Chris Osterndorf, "Why white pop stars can’t shake off cultural appropriation"

anonymous said:

I recall you making a post once about everyone's sexualities! It's important for webcomics to have a lot of representation and that's something I love about Monster Pop!! But I can't find the post, would you mind linking me to it or restating this information on all the characters please?

ahaha i don’t remember where that post is… but yeah sure:

  • george identifies as pansexual
  • franny identifies as straight
  • percy identifies as straight with occasional bi- or pan-curious tendencies
  • marina identifies as super lesbian to the max (but enjoys fanfiction and erotic literature of many different types of sexualities)
  • ben identifies as straight
  • sasha thinks he is probably straight but is kind of confused by all that stuff so

anonymous said:

I like how you whine about Taylor Swift but not Nicki Minaj. Who do you think is really perpetuating any negative stereotypes about black women? The fun loving video poking fun at her self and engaging in dancing of various types OR Nicki Minaj dancing half naked with other women of color the entire video and then crawling over to drake like a piece of meat. Right, makes sense. God you annoying social justice warriors piss me off to no end.

Are you serious? Anon are you seriously bringing up Nicki Minaj in this conversation about appropriating the black identity WHEN SHE’S A BLACK PERSON?

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Let’s not forget the fact that she encourages self-esteem in her black female audience, uses trans conscious language, and is involved in a handful of charities.

Nicki Minaj wasn’t even in the discussion in the first goddamn place. You brought her up on your own, which means you went out of your way to compare Taylor Swift to a black woman artist, of all the artists you could compare her to. And in a very racially biased fashion, I might add.

You might as well have sent me an anonymous message saying “HI I GLORIFY WHITE FEMALE SINGERS AND CALL THEM CUTE AND QUIRKY WHILE VILIFYING BLACK WOMEN AND CALLING THEM HOES AND PIECES OF MEAT EVEN THOUGH THEY BOTH SHOW OFF SKIN”

Watch on justchrisevansthings.tumblr.com

I don’t really get the whole argument with white people wearing dread locks being cultural appropriation.

First it was cultural appropriation until someone informed people that white people had dread lock styles. Then it was white cultures can’t actually have dreads and what was practiced in white cultures was actually something else. I forget names.

Anyways, if white people can’t actually have dreadlocks, but can matt their hair as practice by other white cultures then it’s not really the style, but the name put on the style. Instead of shaming white people for having dread locks shouldn’t people be informing white people that isn’t what it’s called when white people have matt hair? So it’s not really a problem with white people appropriating a hairstyle that derived from slavery, but the name of the style they can’t have. See what I am getting at?

I probably didn’t explain that the best, but can anyone see what I am getting at? If white people can’t actually have the type because their hair doesn’t dread anyways what is the problem other than referring to the style as the wrong name? Shouldn’t they be informed of the proper name instead?

anonymous said:

I'm writing a fantasy novel and the setting is sort of steampunk/victorian (in a different world) but I'm drawing inspiration from various Asian cultures, such as medieval Chinese government, Japanese linguistic features and various Asian races. I'm not sure if this is bad because it sounds like I'm using a European base and decorating it with Asian aesthetics? Is there a way to do this without being appropriative?

Asian Culture-influenced Settings

When you say Victorian, do you mean in roughly that time period (~late 1800s/early 1900s)? Are you planning to have European influence in those countries? Either way, if you don’t want to be appropriative, you may want to research eras in those countries and see how things are run (Qing Dynasty for China, for example), and also consume works by people in those cultures that take place there. (Tai Chi Zero and Tai Chi Hero are steampunk movies that take place in China, created by Chinese.)

Is the world comprised of different countries, or are you going to be throwing them together in a mishmash? That’s another thing to think about, since while our cultures may be similar in some areas, they’re definitely not the same.

—mod Jess

Okay so I’ve been seeing a crap tonne of cultural appropriation posts recently, and felt like I should put my opinion ( a Pakistani born and raised in England) out there. I think things have gone way overboard. There are some parts of cultures that have very deep meanings and significance within that culture, these things are to be kept to that culture, and not used as gimmicks by other cultures as part of a trend, for example bindis being worn by non Hindus as it has religious significance for Hindus. However to go as far to say that other cultures shouldn’t eat another cultures food, wear their type of clothes or speaking their language is just plain ridiculous. Their is nothing wrong with exploring other cultures and finding something you like in that culture, the only problem is when you take something of deep rooted importance and/or religious significance and turn it into a trendy gimmick. So yeah just to clear that up, thanks .

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