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Corpus Callosum ([personal profile] cazrolime) wrote2012-01-20 06:15 pm

How I learned to stop worrying and not love tumblr's version of social justice

There are people on tumblr getting furious because a little girl wore a fauxhawk while being white. According to the folks who keep their oppression radars on too sensitive a setting, her parents are teaching her to steal and commit genocide because they let her get a haircut she likes.

For crying out loud, tumblr.

Why is it wrong to like something because it’s good? Why should people only be allowed to wear or like or do something if they happened to be born into the culture that originated it?

I make burritos all the damn time because they’re delicious, and because I’m in Mexico right now so the ingredients are easy to come by. But wait, I’m white, so should I not be allowed to do that? And should I start getting pissed off and offended whenever someone from the USA writes about Jack the Giant Killer and other British myths and legends, or eats fish and chips, or drinks tea, or — but wait, tea wasn’t originally English, so I should stop drinking that as well I guess.

Obviously people will have different ideas about where the limit of good taste is: for instance, I find it strange to romanticise and long after a whole culture based on liking one part of it (the way some people do with Japan). And I know I’m kinda privileged in the sense that nobody’s come into my country recently and carried off all the nicest stuff. But I have serious trouble understanding why some people think there should be these rigidly drawn lines between cultures that can never ever be crossed or else you’re being horrible and racist.

If cultures were never allowed to mix, there would be no Elvis, no TexMex, no pre-packed sushi in Tesco or tortillas in WalMart, and a hell of a lot more people who see other cultures as weird and alien because they've never been allowed to see them as familiar.

If something is good, I don’t think someone should be insulted and ridiculed for liking it because they have the wrong parents or the wrong colour skin.

And that’s my effortpost on the whole thing, I guess.
lienne: Outer space. (emotion: not in touch with reality)

[personal profile] lienne 2012-01-21 12:47 am (UTC)(link)

idk, like...

cultural appropriation is a real and serious problem

and i don't think little girls with mohawks are the worst of it by any means

nor are white ladies making burritos in Mexico

there is a continuum and it has a harmless end, which i think things like that are on

but it is a continuum and there is a point where it stops being harmless

and i don't think it's up to white people to be the arbiters of where that point is.
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[personal profile] lienne 2012-01-21 01:08 am (UTC)(link)
it is really hard to take part without making it all about us though


that's how privilege works :/
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[personal profile] wearsthecoats 2012-01-21 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
/answers while tagging rp threads

i mean like...

we are saturated in this social context where our particular phenotype is given disproportionate importance

so that it seems to us, if we're not careful, like we are that important and it's not disproportionate

and again and again people try to gently take part in conversations like these, only to step on everyone's heads because they don't realize how fundamentally skewed their starting perspective is

and i guess i just don't think it's that easy to overcome that, in general
sicaria: In bed, not sleeping. (⒀ no rest for the wicked)

[personal profile] sicaria 2012-01-21 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
it is possible yes

it's just


also fuck i so wish i had that man's voice XD
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[personal profile] wearsthecoats 2012-01-21 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
*____* best girlfriend
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[personal profile] sicaria 2012-01-21 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
best girlfriend

it is you

you are
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[personal profile] sicaria 2012-01-21 02:46 am (UTC)(link)

i want to hug you

with my arms

/wraps them around self

it's just not the same, even with a wuzzy bathrobe involved
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[personal profile] wearsthecoats 2012-01-21 02:54 am (UTC)(link)

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[personal profile] wearsthecoats 2012-01-21 02:55 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] wearsthecoats 2012-01-21 02:56 am (UTC)(link)
i live to serve bb~
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[personal profile] alegitimateeagle 2012-01-21 04:44 am (UTC)(link)
That just sounds really incredibly stupid.
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[personal profile] alegitimateeagle 2012-01-21 04:50 am (UTC)(link)
in fact I'm having a little trouble with all of this so I think. I'm just going to keep my mouth shut.

Good to hear you're still kickin though.