misandry-mermaid

xshiromorix:

Just a reminder:

When Prophet Muhammad (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) was travelling on the road with his cousin, Al-Fadl ibn Abbas, a woman stopped him to ask him a question.  The woman was very beautiful, and Al-Fadl couldn’t help but stare at her.

Seeing this, Prophet Muhammad reached out his hand and turned his cousin’s face away.

He didn’t tell the woman to cover her face.

He didn’t tell her to change her clothing.

He didn’t tell her that her appearance was too tempting or indecent.

He averted his cousin’s impolite stare.

stopwhitewashing
sktagg23:

It’s not a stupid question, and I appreciate you asking so respectfully.
First, let’s look at the Wikipedia definition, b/c it’s actually pretty good.
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It can include the introduction of forms of dress or personal adornment, music and art, religion,language, or social behavior. 
These elements, once removed from their indigenous cultural contexts, can take on meanings that are significantly divergent from, or less nuanced than, those they originally held.
Appropriation practice involves the ‘appropriation’ of ideas, symbols, artifacts, image, sound, objects, forms or styles from other cultures, from art history, from popular culture or other aspects of human made visual or non visual culture.
Basically, it is when a person robs/steals elements from a culture that is not their own for purposes of being “fashionable”, “trendy”, “bohemian”, etc.
So for example: when a white person has dreadlocks. Or when a non-Native American wears a war bonnet or Native headdress. Or when a non-Hindu person wears a bindi.
So yes, these things are considered highly offensive. Because you are taking something that is sacred from another culture and using it for your own purposes.
It’s not just offensive, it’s really downright racist most of the time.
So, when Miley Cyrus twerks, when Selena Gomez wears a war bonnet, when Gwen Stefani wears a bindi - these are examples of cultural appropriation.
Things that are NOT appropriation would include like, enjoying the food from another culture. Or reading the books of another culture. And when in doubt, ask yourself, is this something that is sacred, or is this something that was intended to be shared with me?
Like, okay, I have a pair of leather moccasins made by a local shop owner who is Choctaw and makes them to sell in her store. It’s okay for me to wear those as a non-Native American b/c they were made to be purchased by the general population by a member of that culture. Also, moccasins are not a sacred cultural element. Those were intended to be shared with others.
And like I said, the same goes for something like food. If a Chinese person or Mexican person owns a restaurant that serves their own cultural cuisine to the general public, then it’s okay. That’s an example of cultural exchange, versus an example of cultural appropriation. See the difference?
So, basically, yes, it’s offensive when white people wear dreadlocks. They hold a cultural significance that is not extended to white people.
EverydayFeminism explains cultural appropriation vs. cultural exchange really well in this article.
So I hope that answers your question in depth, and once again, I do appreciate the question, and the respectful way in which you asked it.

sktagg23:

It’s not a stupid question, and I appreciate you asking so respectfully.

First, let’s look at the Wikipedia definition, b/c it’s actually pretty good.

Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It can include the introduction of forms of dress or personal adornment, music and art, religion,language, or social behavior.

These elements, once removed from their indigenous cultural contexts, can take on meanings that are significantly divergent from, or less nuanced than, those they originally held.

Appropriation practice involves the ‘appropriation’ of ideas, symbols, artifacts, image, sound, objects, forms or styles from other cultures, from art history, from popular culture or other aspects of human made visual or non visual culture.

Basically, it is when a person robs/steals elements from a culture that is not their own for purposes of being “fashionable”, “trendy”, “bohemian”, etc.

So for example: when a white person has dreadlocks. Or when a non-Native American wears a war bonnet or Native headdress. Or when a non-Hindu person wears a bindi.

So yes, these things are considered highly offensive. Because you are taking something that is sacred from another culture and using it for your own purposes.

It’s not just offensive, it’s really downright racist most of the time.

So, when Miley Cyrus twerks, when Selena Gomez wears a war bonnet, when Gwen Stefani wears a bindi - these are examples of cultural appropriation.

Things that are NOT appropriation would include like, enjoying the food from another culture. Or reading the books of another culture. And when in doubt, ask yourself, is this something that is sacred, or is this something that was intended to be shared with me?

Like, okay, I have a pair of leather moccasins made by a local shop owner who is Choctaw and makes them to sell in her store. It’s okay for me to wear those as a non-Native American b/c they were made to be purchased by the general population by a member of that culture. Also, moccasins are not a sacred cultural element. Those were intended to be shared with others.

And like I said, the same goes for something like food. If a Chinese person or Mexican person owns a restaurant that serves their own cultural cuisine to the general public, then it’s okay. That’s an example of cultural exchange, versus an example of cultural appropriation. See the difference?

So, basically, yes, it’s offensive when white people wear dreadlocks. They hold a cultural significance that is not extended to white people.

EverydayFeminism explains cultural appropriation vs. cultural exchange really well in this article.

So I hope that answers your question in depth, and once again, I do appreciate the question, and the respectful way in which you asked it.

as-thin-as-fuck
satanic-capitalist:


How Capitalism is Cheating Young Americans
By Paul Buchheit

Our country’s wealthy white once-idealistic baby boomer generation has cheated those of you entering the working world. A small percentage of us have taken almost all the new wealth since the recession. Our Silicon Valley CEOs have placated you with overpriced technological toys that are the result of decades of American productivity, but which have mainly profited the elite members of their industries.
Although none of us in the older generations can speak for you, we can help you research the facts. And the facts are painfully clear.
1. You Have Very Little Savings to Pay Your Massive Debts
A recent report claims that median net worth for the millennial generation (18 to 35 years old) has risen from $9,000 to $32,000 since 2007, and that their median income is $47,000.
Most other sources disagree. A report from the Russell Sage Foundation concludes that all American households have lost wealth since 2007. Other evidence shows that about 90% of us lost wealth in the past five years, while the richest - and generally older - 5% made millions. Median income, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is only about $35,000 for 25- to 34-year-olds, and just $25,000 for 20- to 24-year-olds.
Debt is apparently the difference, and the unrelenting burden, for college-educated young people. Based on Pew research, college-educated student debtors have twice as much debt as income. And they have only one-seventh the net worth of college-educated adults who have no student debt obligations.
2. You’re Being Cheated out of the Opportunity to Begin Your Own Households
As you were entering the working world after the recession, almost 60 percent of the new jobs were low-income ($7.69 to $13.83 per hour). The number of college grads working for minimum wage doubled in just five years.
As a result, many of you are forced to live with your parents. In just one generation, the percentage of stay-at-home young adults has risen from 11 percent to almost 24 percent. And more disturbingly, student homelessness increased by 10 percent in just one year.
3. Corporations are Hoarding Money that Could Pay for Your Jobs
Corporations more than doubled their profits and halved their taxes from 2000 to 2012.
What have they been doing with all that money? Hoarding it, mostly. David Cay Johnston estimated that in 2013 American businesses held almost $7.9 trillion of liquid assets worldwide. And here’s a bigger insult: According to the Wall Street Journal, for some of our largest corporations over 75 percent of the cash owned by foreign subsidiaries is kept “at U.S. banks, held in U.S. dollars or parked in U.S. government and corporate securities.”
So they’re using taxpayer money to protect the assets that they’re avoiding taxes on.
Corporations are also spending trillions of dollars on stock buybacks, which use potential research and development money to pump up the prices of executive stock options. Apple, one of the buyback leaders, and the nation’s biggest tax avoider, defended its outsourcing, saying ”We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers. The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.”
Meanwhile, corporations continue to cut jobs, with the computer industry among the worst offenders at the start of 2014.Microsoft just announced the deepest cuts in the firm’s 39-year history. AT&T has reduced its workforce by 22 percent in the last seven years. Verizon is shutting down customer service centers. Apple has a more efficient way of undermining workers, earning$400,000 profit per employee while paying most of their store workers $12 to $14 per hour.
4. The Business Media Mocks You
With supreme condescension, the media looks down at a struggling class of young Americans and proclaims:
—-The good news is that information technology provides the iPod/Facebook generation with the means to find work and create careers.. —Michael Barone, the Washington Examiner
—-A lot of people…can still earn a good living now by building their own branded reputations.. —Thomas Friedman, the New York Times
—-The ability to so take photographs makes [people] richer. —Forbes
To the out-of-touch super-rich capitalists, those of you in the newest working generation thrive on social networking, good reputations, and picture-taking. A nice lifestyle, as long as you don’t have to support yourselves or your families.
This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/how-capitalism-cheating-young-americans-1406555447. All rights are reserved.

satanic-capitalist:

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How Capitalism is Cheating Young Americans

By Paul Buchheit

Our country’s wealthy white once-idealistic baby boomer generation has cheated those of you entering the working world. A small percentage of us have taken almost all the new wealth since the recession. Our Silicon Valley CEOs have placated you with overpriced technological toys that are the result of decades of American productivity, but which have mainly profited the elite members of their industries.

Although none of us in the older generations can speak for you, we can help you research the facts. And the facts are painfully clear.

1. You Have Very Little Savings to Pay Your Massive Debts

A recent report claims that median net worth for the millennial generation (18 to 35 years old) has risen from $9,000 to $32,000 since 2007, and that their median income is $47,000.

Most other sources disagree. A report from the Russell Sage Foundation concludes that all American households have lost wealth since 2007. Other evidence shows that about 90% of us lost wealth in the past five years, while the richest - and generally older - 5% made millions. Median income, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is only about $35,000 for 25- to 34-year-olds, and just $25,000 for 20- to 24-year-olds.

Debt is apparently the difference, and the unrelenting burden, for college-educated young people. Based on Pew research, college-educated student debtors have twice as much debt as income. And they have only one-seventh the net worth of college-educated adults who have no student debt obligations.

2. You’re Being Cheated out of the Opportunity to Begin Your Own Households

As you were entering the working world after the recession, almost 60 percent of the new jobs were low-income ($7.69 to $13.83 per hour). The number of college grads working for minimum wage doubled in just five years.

As a result, many of you are forced to live with your parents. In just one generation, the percentage of stay-at-home young adults has risen from 11 percent to almost 24 percent. And more disturbingly, student homelessness increased by 10 percent in just one year.

3. Corporations are Hoarding Money that Could Pay for Your Jobs

Corporations more than doubled their profits and halved their taxes from 2000 to 2012.

What have they been doing with all that money? Hoarding it, mostly. David Cay Johnston estimated that in 2013 American businesses held almost $7.9 trillion of liquid assets worldwide. And here’s a bigger insult: According to the Wall Street Journal, for some of our largest corporations over 75 percent of the cash owned by foreign subsidiaries is kept “at U.S. banks, held in U.S. dollars or parked in U.S. government and corporate securities.”

So they’re using taxpayer money to protect the assets that they’re avoiding taxes on.

Corporations are also spending trillions of dollars on stock buybacks, which use potential research and development money to pump up the prices of executive stock options. Apple, one of the buyback leaders, and the nation’s biggest tax avoider, defended its outsourcing, saying ”We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers. The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.”

Meanwhile, corporations continue to cut jobs, with the computer industry among the worst offenders at the start of 2014.Microsoft just announced the deepest cuts in the firm’s 39-year history. AT&T has reduced its workforce by 22 percent in the last seven years. Verizon is shutting down customer service centers. Apple has a more efficient way of undermining workers, earning$400,000 profit per employee while paying most of their store workers $12 to $14 per hour.

4. The Business Media Mocks You

With supreme condescension, the media looks down at a struggling class of young Americans and proclaims:

—-The good news is that information technology provides the iPod/Facebook generation with the means to find work and create careers.. —Michael Barone, the Washington Examiner

—-A lot of people…can still earn a good living now by building their own branded reputations.. —Thomas Friedman, the New York Times

—-The ability to so take photographs makes [people] richer. —Forbes

To the out-of-touch super-rich capitalists, those of you in the newest working generation thrive on social networking, good reputations, and picture-taking. A nice lifestyle, as long as you don’t have to support yourselves or your families.

This article was published at NationofChange at: http://www.nationofchange.org/how-capitalism-cheating-young-americans-1406555447. All rights are reserved.

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miseengarde:

white girls who want my culture’s bindis and saris and henna 

take my skin colour too

and my dark brown lips

take my self-hatred because i don’t fit into the euro-centric ideals of beauty

take the oppression too

take the history of colonization that has devastated my country

and the drones that currently devastate my country

take all the bad stuff too

not just the pretty, shiny, sparky bits

take the ugly, dehumanizing and shitty parts too