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i think it's okay to appreciate someone elses culture, and if it's given to you as a gift from someone of that particular culture then you should get approval from that person before wearing it. it's not really your place (not you as an individual but anyone wearing a bindi outside of that culture) to decide when it's okay to wear one, and although some people have said it's okay, a lot of people still wear it as a religious symbol and will find it offensive on someone using it inappropriately.
yeah. i see what you’re saying, however like i said earlier, what if the situation is basically this: you know, understand and appreciate the significance of the bindi so deeply that you would like to display it on your body because the cultural and religious background holds a significance to you? does this mean that in order to wear any cultural garment that is separate from your own culture you must either convert to that religion or follow all customs pertaining to that culture?
edit: ALSO THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING TOTOKI!!!
i understand that, of course there's a difference between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange! like i said earlier, as long as the person giving the gift accepts that you're learning and not mocking them! i think the problem with the bindi as a fashion accessory is that people are 'cherry-picking' the so-called pretty things from an oppressed culture and using them without consent from said culture, which on a white person could be seen as offensive and mocking that culture.
^^^^^^^^^ that last sentence. yes.
i don't really understand what you mean, if the cultural and religious background holds a significance to you? in what way? because i think that if you really respected the culture and religious aspects of the bindi, but you didn't belong to that culture/religion, then wouldn't you respect the fact that people belonging to that culture/religion are offended and therefore wouldn't wear it?
ok here i’ll give you an example: a close friend of my dads is hindu and sometimes wears traditional garments, but when i was younger she would always bring me and my mom bindis as presents, and explain what they meant etc and show us how to wear them. now my mom still wears bindis occasionally because she identifies with the spiritual aspect even though religiously she is jewish. i don’t think she is being disrespectful to the hindu culture/religion at all because the spiritual aspect genuinely holds a significance to her. perhaps i am wrong?
wasn't long lost friends week between january 21st and 27th?
For Walt Disney World. Disneyland is having a separate long lost friends week sometime in the next month or so. You could vote for which characters will be appearing from March 18-21, but they haven’t released the voting results or the dates yet for Disneyland’s LLF week. I’m attending college in a different state so I really want to know so I can plan a flight over! It’s slowly killing me inside… I need to be more patient lol