having sex with someone is always a threesome when you have god in the room
IM LAUGHING SO HARD WHO THINKS “OH I THINK IM GOING TO DRESS UP AS A SEXY CORN THIS HALLOWEEN”
Well, I think the reasoning behind the criticism of cultural appropriation is that these often oppressed cultures have had enough of their autonomy taken away from them that they at least deserve to have control over the major/sacred symbols of their culture or religion. When people who aren’t of that culture start to adopt certain symbols without the permission, they usually tend to miss the significance or sacred nature of those symbols, and treat them as little more than fashion accessories. And that’s another way of taking away that group’s cultural autonomy, because that aspect of their image is no longer entirely theirs, see. It’s especially bad when the cultural elements appropriated aren’t even actually accurate to the culture they’re supposedly from (see most Native American portrayals in pop culture) because that perpetuates inaccurate perceptions of that group. For groups that are already stigmatized, this can be pretty harmful.
There are more elements to the argument to be sure, but I think I summed up the basic gist of it. Now I do think that sometimes (actually a lot of the time) people on Tumblr take their social justice vigilantism a bit too far, especially where cultural appropriation issues are concerned, but I do understand the basic premise of it. I do wonder sometimes where they draw the line. I honestly tend to be wary of a lot of Tumblr SJ because a lot of them often seem to be white and relatively privileged (as I am) so it just seems sort of out of place for them to be attacking people for being “culturally insensitive.” If it’s someone from the actual culture though, who actually has experience with the harmful effects of stereotyping or oppression, then I’ll definitely put more weight on their opinion.
Really, it’s all very complicated, and I don’t usually like to get involved in SJ type argument because I feel like I never have anything productive to contribute. I just kind of live by the philosophy of “try not to be a dick to people” and then go from there, lol.
Thank you very much for your thoughts. :)
Thanks for your input!
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In response to some of the comments/ reblogs from this confession: http://artist-confessions.tumblr.com/post/52654799668/more-of-a-rant-than-a-confession-i-guess-but
Some people cited one reason they don’t make more racially diverse characters even though they’d like to is because they don’t know how to colour darker skin without it looking weird. I had the same problem when I started out and made some horrendous mistakes so I know your feels and made a skin colour chart for you. It’s not perfect and doesn’t cover every tone under the sun (added in other random colours because I got carried away with it) but I hope it’ll help get you started.
No, you’re not racist but at the same time you’re hurting your progress by allowing yourself to become comfortable with the fear of making mistakes. Just give it a go. (And don’t care about the unfounded prejudiced opinions of random strangers on the internet, what are they going to do? Type at you?)
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