Katy Perry’s Curry Problem — An Instructional Manual On Not Wearing Cultures as Costumes

Identity isn’t a costume that you can just take on and off when you like. To reduce an entire people’s history and customs to a sparkly get-up you wear once is to dehumanize them and act as though their lives only matter in the context of Western fashion trends. That same Western culture forces people to assimilate and leave behind all of their “ethnic” trappings. Why are we more accepting of these symbols being used for fashion than we are of them being used authentically?

heyyyy guys i wrote an article on when wearing things from other cultures makes you a dick and when it doesn’t — it would mean a lot if you checked it out here! thanks!

Katy Perry’s Curry Problem — An Instructional Manual On Not Wearing Cultures as Costumes

Identity isn’t a costume that you can just take on and off when you like. To reduce an entire people’s history and customs to a sparkly get-up you wear once is to dehumanize them and act as though their lives only matter in the context of Western fashion trends. That same Western culture forces people to assimilate and leave behind all of their “ethnic” trappings. Why are we more accepting of these symbols being used for fashion than we are of them being used authentically?

heyyyy guys i wrote an article on when wearing things from other cultures makes you a dick and when it doesn’t — it would mean a lot if you checked it out here! thanks!

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