there are so many people on this site who would flip their shit because i decided to get henna in India because i am being “racist”, “destroying” Indian culture or what not. well, i don’t give a fuck.
i was walking around a tourist bazaar in Delhi, which usually has some white/foreign shoppers (except it was May and hot as fuck), when i saw a woman offering henna. having always thought designs as beautiful, i decided to get some done right away. and surprise, no one was offended. not the woman who did the henna, nor my boyfriend’s mom, or anyone else i met.
however, apparently some vocal Indian Americans have decided that they can be the spokespeople for the entire culture. in contrast to people who actually live in India and experience Indian culture on a daily basis, they’ve decided that getting henna as a non-Indian is sooooo vile and hateful for some reason. but how can you make such statements when you haven’t even spent time in the country you’re supposed to represent?
my boyfriend who is actually a middle class person from India tells me that other middle class Indians don’t even know what appropriation is. middle class Indians don’t obsess about white people or white racism because white people simply aren’t a large presence in the country. they don’t care about culture being used in the “wrong” way (especially as henna is often sold for decoration like removable tattoos are commonly) and they don’t care about non-Indian people wearing henna. (i’m sure there are some actual Indian citizens who disagree, but i’m thinking these people are pretty upper class. given the propensity of people to lie about their class background on tumblr you can never be sure)
i’m Han Chinese, and i guess that culture doesn’t have any equivalent of henna. either way, i don’t really care when people decide to take interest in Chinese things and incorporate them into their lives. but as someone born and raised in the US, my perspective has very little to do with people who’ve grown up in the countries, especially about race.
as for the woman who did my henna, i’m sure she was just happy to nab a few extra rupees off of a clueless foreign tourist
ps my boyfriend wants everyone to know he has a “big” penis