Can we stop perpetuating the idea that all rapists are mentally ill? Not only does it add fuel to the myth that mentally ill people are dangerous and scary, it also implies that we can’t hold rapists responsible for their actions. Rape is a premeditated act of violence and rapists know exactly what they’re doing.
A white girl wore a bindi at Coachella. And, then my social media feeds went berserk. Hashtagging the term “cultural appropriation” follows the outrage and seems to justify it at the same time. Except that it doesn’t.
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of a specific part of one culture by another cultural group. As I (an Indian) sit here, eating my sushi dinner (Japanese) and drinking tea (Chinese), wearing denim jeans (American), and overhearing Brahm’s Lullaby (German) from the baby’s room, I can’t help but think what’s the big deal?
The big deal with cultural appropriation is when the new adoption is void of the significance that it was supposed to have — it strips the religious, historical and cultural context of something and makes it mass-marketable. That’s pretty offensive. The truth is, I wouldn’t be on this side of the debate if we were talking about Native American headdresses, or tattoos of Polynesian tribal iconography, Chinese characters or Celtic bands.
Why shouldn’t the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I’ve listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won’t be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi. Of my informal survey of 50 Hindu women, not one could accurately explain it’s history, religious or spiritual significance. I had to Google it myself, and I’ve been wearing one since before I could walk.
We can’t accuse non-Hindus of turning the bindi into a fashion accessory with little religious meaning because, well, we’ve already done that. We did it long before Vanessa Hudgens in Coachella 2014, long before Selena Gomez at the MTV Awards in 2013, and even before Gwen Stefani in the mid-90s.
Indian statesman Rajan Zed justifies the opposing view as he explains, “[The bindi] is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol… It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory…” If us Indians had preserved the sanctity and holiness of the bindi, Zed’s argument for cultural appropriation would have been airtight. But, the reality is, we haven’t.
The 5,000 year old tradition of adorning my forehead with kumkum just doesn’t seem to align with the current bindi collection in my dresser — the 10-pack, crystal-encrusted, multi-colored stick-on bindis that have been designed to perfectly compliment my outfit. I didn’t happen to pick up these modern-day bindis at a hyper-hipster spot near my new home in California. No. This lot was brought from the motherland itself.
And, that’s just it. Culture evolves. Indians appreciated the beauty of a bindi and brought it into the world of fashion several decades ago. The single red dot that once was, transformed into a multitude of colors and shapes embellished with all the glitz and glamor that is inherent in Bollywood. I don’t recall an uproar when Indian actress Madhuri Dixit’s bindi was no longer a traditional one. Hindus accepted the evolution of this cultural symbol then. And, as the bindi makes it’s way to the foreheads of non-South Asians, we should accept — even celebrate — the continued evolution of this cultural symbol. Not only has it managed to transcend religion and class in a sea of one-billion brown faces, it will now adorn the faces of many more races. And that’s nothing short of amazing.
So, you won’t find this Hindu posting a flaming tweet accusing a white girl of #culturalappropriation. I will say that I’m glad you find this aspect of my culture beautiful. I do too."
Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Culture Appropriation
by Anjali Joshi
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The finer things in life
what the fuck are you talking about “white girls” she’s 100% right take your misogynistic bullshit out of here
what the fuck??? shes not doing anything wrong get the fuck off with your “white girl” comment
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Hello! I thought I would clear up a common misconception!
Most Satanists are not Devil Worshippers, but some of us are!
Theistic Satanism or Spiritual Satanism, sometimes referred to as Devil Worship, is a form of Satanism with the primary belief that Satan is an actual deity or force to revere or worship.Other characteristics of Theistic Satanism may include a belief in magic, which is manipulated through ritual.Unlike LaVeyan Satanism founded by Anton LaVey in the 1960s, theistic Satanism is theistic as opposed to atheistic, believing that Satan (Hebrew: הַשָׂטָן ha-Satan, ‘the accuser’) is a real being rather than a symbol of individualism. If it makes it easier, you could picture most Satanists as Deists and Theistic Satanist as like the Protestants of our religion.
We don’t belong to the same community, but that’s okay, no one is offended I just thought it would be nice to make sure people knew that there is definitely more than one type of Satanic worship and finding your truth with the Dark Prince takes many forms.
We don’t really look the way the media sometimes portrays us either! Some people really do like to wear all black and I understand that, but lots of us dress in everyday clothes and do every day things just like you!
If you want more reading material, just google it and go to the wiki page’s “Further Reading” section, or look up and contact a local chapter! I’m sure someone would be happy to introduce you to the wonders of His Holiness, the Dark Lord.
P.S: Please stop using the upside down cross as a symbol of Satanism it’s disrespectful to Catholics and us as well, because we don’t want to be tied to the idea of ‘Humility’ before a false God. Thanks!
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Plus the sequel “we never got closure”
And then the side adaptation “as a result I have a weird crush that never died”
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Omg reblogging just for the comment