just think about y’all millions and millions of little dark skinned black girls are going to go to the supermarket with their parents this month and when they’re waiting in line at the check out aisle they’re going to look up and see Lupita Nyong’o being hailed as the most beautiful woman in the world god is amazing
ek's 420 giveaway
so i’ve finally hit a pretty big milestone, and i’ve decided to do a giveaway to celebrate! i have a lot of stuff i don’t use anymore and a metric ton of candy that i keep in a jar so i figure it’s better to give them to someone who could put them to better use than i.
one randomly drawn winner will receive the following!what you could win
- a custom pixel from me (examples above, also in art tag)
- assorted kasugai gummies, individually wrapped (apple, grape, lychee, mangosteen, orange, peach, pineapple)
- kirby squeak squad
- new super mario bros
- new super mario bros 2 (3ds)
- pocky (chocolate, two boxes; 9 packs per box)
- pocky (strawberry, one box; 9 packs per box)
- pokemon black
- pokemon diamond
- pokemon heartgold
- pokemon mystery dungeon: blue rescue team
- pokemon mystery dungeon: explorers of time
- pokemon mystery dungeon case: red rescue team
- pokemon ranger: shadows of almia
- pokemon pearl
- pokemon trozei
- pokemon x (3ds)rules
- giveaway ends on 5/30/2014.
- must be following me (sorry, shipping costs a lot!)
- must be comfortable with giving me your address
- likes count so long as you reblog it.
- please have your askbox open!
- please reblog no more than 5 times!misc
- all games will be wiped of their save files when sent!
- i am willing to make pixels of pretty much anything, including ocs.
- i’ll cover shipping fees, including internationally.
- the winner will be chosen via a randomizer and announced after the giveaway ends!
- if you have any questions feel free to ask me, i don’t bite!
forgot to mention allergen information: the gummies include pectin! i’ll include extra packs of pocky if the winner’s allergic.
Re: Cultural Appropriation.
I must admit that up until early last year (as this picture shows) I was really into the wearing of bindis as I’d never really considered it to be offensive before. I’d heard of cultural appropriation and did think it was wrong, so was completely against people wearing Native American headdresses as fancy dress because as people from European descent we’d once completely oppressed and killed of a people and were now using it for our own amusement. I hadn’t really given that much thought to bindis being the same though.
I’d really liked them since a young age, I guess I quite liked the look of them both on Hindu women and Gwen Stefani circa 90s when they were quite popular and wanted to emulate that. I went through a stage when I was 17 when I wore them to school every day, it was ridiculous. I’m not really sure why I thought I could get away with it. I think partly because I lived in such a white area so nobody really cared and the South Asian people I had come across had reacted positively to it and one guy even smiled and said I ‘reminded him of the girls from his country’.
I think part of me thought I could get away with it because unless someone knew me personally nobody could have said to me that I definitely have no Asian roots and probably could pass for mixed with a number of ethnicities because I have such dark hair and eyes and have olive skin. At the same time I think it made me feel a bit uncomfortable that I wasn’t blonde and super fair when wearing them as I felt guilty for people mistaking me of being from their culture when I was not. So either way looking back I can see why it really was not appropriate for me to be wearing one whether I could pass as part South Asian or not.
I think the final night I wore a bindi was the night this picture was taken. We were going to a party in Manchester, I thought I was in a cool 90s get up with my big fur jacket, top knot and bindi. I was going more for Gwen Stefani than Hindu woman if I’m honest and thought I looked really cool. I got to the party and there were so many Asian people there that I felt really uncomfortable for having worn one and realised that it definitely wasn’t appropriate for me to wear them at all if I wasn’t from a Hindu background as a fashion accessory. It probably shouldn’t have taken me that long to realise it but it was definitely the last straw.
At the end of the day, whilst I know that most people don’t wear bindis to mock and wear them because they’re pretty it’s still not appropriate. Whilst some Hindu’s might think it’s nice that white people think that bindis are beautiful and want to wear them it’s clear that some people will just see it as a triviliasation of their culture which they fight every day to be accepted and keep into just a fashion accessory that teenage girls wear and that’s not right.
I do think it’s hard perhaps to draw the line at what’s cultural appropriation and what’s not as there are so many influences in our culture from other cultures and I don’t think it’s wrong to be inspired by other cultures and us all interchanging fashion and ideas. However, I think when something can clearly be identified as something a particular people do / wear and is fundamentally part of their culture (especially cultures that white people have oppressed) one should really think good and hard about whether they should wear that thing.
I’m not saying I don’t feel sad that I can’t wear bindis anymore, because a silly part of me does because I used to love them so much and I really like this picture of me. That being said, I think everyone has to deal with a bit of personal annoyance if it means not offending a whole culture or even just one person of that culture whose whole belief systems goes far deeper and affects far more of their life than a fashion accessory.
I hope I haven’t been really offensive in this post, anybody feel free to correct me on anything I’ve said.
This is important