dark academia critics
dark academia is like one of my favourite aesthetics however there are certain things/issues that bother me about this whole aesthetic
1. where is the diversity?
have you ever come across any dark academia posts that included any people of color. everywhere I go, all I see is elite white kids. I would die to see japanese/korean/indian /pakistani/ african/ middle eastern dark academia students often wearing their ethnic attires and embracing their cultures.
2. eat the rich
I know the whole theme about dark academia is ivy league/ rich elite students but imagine middle class dark academia srudents who are not necessarily clad in expensive attires rather wearing clothes bought from the thrift stores studying on scholarships, who own second hand books and antique/vintage items from some local flee markets or thrift stores.
3. fuck that Greek philosophy
not that I hate Greek philosophy but all dark academia posts do talk about is western art/architechture/ mythologies / history and philosophy etc. I would love to read and discuss persian poetry and history , south asian mythologies, japanese/Arabic/korean calligraphy, Muslim world’s art and architecture.
4. what’s up with that nerd shit.
why are dark academia students always protrayed as nerds, reserve, quiet, hates to have a social life, perfectionist who can’t afford to get any grades lower than As etc like even the best students have their ups and downs, what matters is the passion and the will to do better. It’s okay to have a life outside books, to have romantic dates, to prank, to hangout with yout friends, to skip classes, to be unorganized…its more realistic.