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omg so much wank and pity parties from people who have a lot of money, power and privilege. i thought that stuff was the key to success and happiness? i guess those terrible poors and brown people just are jealous and horrible forever. whatever. with the abundance and saturation of information these days, there’s no excuse for ignorance. you choose to ignore things and that takes work and decisions. don’t get butthurt when bricks come through your bus and boutique windows, or when the riots run wild through the streets and your bosses are dragged out and beheaded or tossed off the roof of a building. “he was such a nice guy, he like, went to africa and helped starving orphans!” “that brick could have hurt someone but i’m totally ignoring the systemic violence waged everyday against poor and persons of color in my cities which actually hurts people because it’s too inconvenient to my penguin abortion facial and all those bad feelfeels will get underneath my gold pinky ring like nasty summer dead skin putty, and like, changing things takes work and courage and paradigm shifts but i’m like, too interested in these duckface selfies and getting tickets to SXSW to educate people about google glass. AND OMG I TOTALLY JUST GOT AN INDIAN HEADDRESS THAT FITS WITH MY GOOGLE GLASS TO WEAR TO BOTH COACHELLAS AND MY FRONT ROW BURNING MAN TENT NEAR THE FACEBOOK SCULPTURE, SWEET!”
The anarcho-communists told me that racism and sexism were a product of capitalism, so I should just help them dismantle it, and my liberation would come… eventually. The anarcho-primitivists told me that racism and sexism were products of industrial civilization, so I should learn to hunt and gather and wait patiently for its collapse. No one seemed to be putting issues which impact women, queers, and people of color first, thus marginalized people were only further marginalized within this “counter-culture.” — Nia King, Women and Performance: Punk Anteriors Issue (via artactivistnia)
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[Image: A map drawn according to the Fuller Projection in which the continents are accurately sized and not distributed according to northern and southern hemispheres but are actually projected as if seen from above, make them very closely grouped together and more accurately sized.]
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Fuller Projection?
This map presents a world that is nearly contiguous and at accurate sizes and shapes to the continents.
And there is no “correct” orientation for it (the directionality of north/south being arbitrary after all )
The downsides are that it cuts up Antarctica and distorts the size of oceans, which is bad news for sailors and penguin researchers, but for geography in general it’s AWESOME(X)
Created by Buckminster Fuller, writer of a gajillion books, owner of a gajillion patents, and the man whose name gave us Buckyballs.
I seriously love the Fuller Projection because - through no fault of their own - millions of kids go through school systems in so many places (not just the U.S.) with Mercator projection maps that are drawn such that they make North America and Europe look much bigger than they’ve ever really been in actual, factual reality. That projection reduces Africa to being the same size as Greenland.
You look at that big white mass hovering above Canada in this map and then look at the immense, enormous, magnificent size of Africa, or of South America which has never, ever been smaller than North America. That’s what reality is. We’re seriously teaching kids to go by a map that is not representative of the physical reality of the planet upon which we live.
Every time I see Fuller maps I just wanna go marching back to the school systems I went through with a fiery vengeance and a bullhorn, screaming through the halls, “EXPLAIN THIS BULLSHIT” and then encourage the current students to also demand of their teachers and school systems and parents and other adults who have been miseducating them for years that they EXPLAIN THIS BULLSHIT and not stop until the bullshit is explained.
madamethursday’s tags: (mis)education system,fuller projection,i wish I’d learned this in school when it could’ve saved me from being a detriment to the world and my classmates with less privilege,this is why history and geography teaching are vital on every level,don’t stop until the bullshit is explained
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imagine a film starring laverne cox, lupita nyong’o, and lucy liu. im not sure what it would be about but i would sell my soul to see it
Do some reading about it.
What’s wrong with cultural appropriation? I mean, I know it’s bad, but I need this one kind of spelled out for me. Is it always bad? Are some cases worse than others? I want to be a good anti-racist, but I fear I’m not educated enough.
Cultural appropriation exists because of centuries of:
- Imperialism: more specifically, cultural imperialism which is essentially one cultural dominating another. (IE: white folks and everyone we’ve ever invaded ever. Including each other.)
- Racism: justifies the appropriation by making various cultural/racial/ethic groups marginalised, oppressed and seen as inferior by the privileged group.
- Exoticism: justifies commodification and objectification.
- Entitlement: thinking that oppressed people’s culture, society, and spirituality are up for grabs.
- Unawareness of privilege: based on misunderstanding of power dynamics, entitlement, exoticism and racism
Why is cultural appropriation harmful?:
Cultural appropriation reinforces oppression because it invalidates and commodifies marginalised groups.
- Invalidates: the culture/society/the people
- Homogenizes: lets look at the white girls wearing warbonnets and mukluks. War bonnets are worn traditionally only by various Native plains tribes and mukluks are boots made of usually seal skin warn/made traditionally by Alaskan/Arctic natives. This haphazard and disrespectful throwing together different pieces of two completely different Native cultures which is portraying an image of homogeneity and reinforces the stereotype that there is just one Native American culture and they are all the same, which reinforces oppression and racism.
- Commodifies: putting a monetary value on something that should not be sold or purchased or marketed in any way, eg. spiritual practices.
- Reinforces stereotypes: which reinforce oppression and racism-a tool of colonisation.
- Distorts traditions into inaccurate and offensive caricatures
- Romanticises cultures: often this is something that results in entire groups of people being seen as ‘something that used to exist’ as opposed to people with lives and cultures that exist and flourish today. You get this a lot with Native American and Canadian culture.
- Eroticises/exoticizes people: this is incredibly dehumanising.
Here is an awesome post about the line between appropriation and appreciation. (Reboggable version).
Here are some awesome people who talk about appropriation and how it is shitty- linked is all their posts tagged appropriation. Please look through their archives, and do not just message them asking the same question, they are people not encyclopaedias.
These are just the first four who lept to mind- there are doubtless many, many more.
do you have any guidelines on how a white (not english or american) person can appreciate other (especially the indian) culture(s)? or can’t we? where does the border between appreciating and appropriating lie exactly?
To be honest, I’m not the go-to source for questions of appropriation, an agony column for you to feel better about things. But since you asked so verynicely :)
Not everything white people do is appropriation by default, it’s how they do it. Now, I don’t know how your interaction with [desi] culture is going to pan out specifically, & nor shall my word absolve you if you do cross the line.
1) Is it marketed to you as an object/custom from a marginalised culture without any context? If yes/unsure, don’t do it.
2) What are your reasons? Are you appreciating it because you feel bored, or because it’s cool, or you think it’s aesthetically pleasing (“exotic”)? If the answer to any of these is yes/unsure, then don’t do it.
3) What is the history/meaning of objects/languages/rituals in the culture? Are you aware of the meanings/history of these things? Will you be using them in a way that misrepresents them, or diminishes their power? If yes/unsure, don’t do it.
4) Are you comfortable with the understanding that as someone benefiting from imperialism, even if your local history does not have any, you may be contributing to the suppression of others’ cultural symbols, & that by your actions there is a strong possibility of further oppression? Are you willing to work through the nuances of privilege that occur when the question of cultural appropriation is brought up? If your answer to the second is no, and to the first is yes, then don’t do it.
5) If someone from calls you out on appropriation/racism, are you going defend your perceived right to appreciate their heritage, & how they shouldn’t be offended? If the answer is yes/unsure, you definitely shouldn’t do it.
RE: "But isn't feminism about equality?" -
“Feminist theory has several purposes.
The first is to understand the power differential between men and women. […]
Secondly, the purpose is to understand women’s oppression—how it evolved, how it changes over time, how it’s related to other forms of oppression, and finally how to change our…
[Dominant groups don’t see privilege as a problem…]
because they don’t know it exists in the first place. They’re oblivious to it. the reality of privilege doesn’t occur to them because they don’t go out of their way to see it or ask about it and because no one dares bring it up for fear of making things worse. Dominant groups have no idea how their privilege oppresses others. This obliviousness allows them to cruise along and tend to the details of their own lives (which are, of course, considerable, just like everyone else’s), with only an occasional sense of trouble somewhere “out there” just beyond the fringe of their consciousness. This lack of awareness also gives them a low tolerance for hearing about the trouble: when the normal state of affairs is silence, any mention of it feels like an imposition. — Allan G. Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference (via wretchedoftheearth)