What the hell is Cultural Appropriation?

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The term gets thrown around by the media, internet, celebrities but what the hell is cultural appropriation exactly?

There are varying definitions of cultural appropriation floating around on the internet and what it can be applied to, so for many of us we’re just bloody confused to as what it is exactly.

In the simplest terms possible (and in no way trying to reduce the seriousness of this issue):

Cultural appropriation is when elements of a minority culture are taken by members of a more dominant culture for their own use.

This results in the original context to become distorted and it’s meaning reduced. Those taking elements of the culture do not experience the same cultural significance.

Often this can be seen as disrespectful and offensive. Culture is important to all people all around the world, as people we should respect that.

Hopefully this has explained what cultural appropriation is exactly, follow us to keep informed and inform others. And continue to find out why cultural appropriation need to be stopped.

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Definition provided by Young, J 2010, Cultural Appropriation and the Arts.

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6 thoughts on “What the hell is Cultural Appropriation?

  1. Sakeenah October 12, 2015 / 2:19 am

    Ok, I can get down with this movement with the exception of a few things : hairstyles and fashions that properly give credit to the originating source. I don’t get offended when I see a non-black or African wearing braids. It’s shocking but European cultures have been dong this for centuries. I don’t think it takes away the meaning because when I wear braids, the only meaning is that I am looking for a simple protective style to wear. Now if we are talking twerking ( Miley Cyrus) or Khole Kardashian wearing a Native American head-dress in a Teepee, then I’m totally onboard.

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    • stopthecult October 12, 2015 / 5:13 am

      I think this is a great opinion Sakeenah! Everyone has different opinions on cultural appropriation and we think it starts with small steps! Even understanding a little about what it is and what is acceptable makes all the difference. We admit sometimes cultural appropriation is hard to define and often situational. Also sometimes fashion thats does give credit to the originating source and doesn’t lessen the meaning of the culture actually becomes cultural appreciation (which is awesome)!

      R.C.W

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  2. celebratedifferencenow October 22, 2015 / 4:02 am

    A really important conversation, thank you for addressing this. It’s so important to understand a culture for all of it’s beliefs and traditions and not just what you see on the outside. We have so many beautiful cultures around the world, it would be nice for people to stop and think about what cultural appropriation means and how it could be offensive to others.

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    • stopthecult October 22, 2015 / 4:29 am

      So true! We’d love it if everyone could stop and think about it just for a second, even a passing thought is better than none at all. All cultures are important and we’re here to appreciate them all!

      R.C.W

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  3. Jeff June 29, 2016 / 2:02 am

    “What The Hell Is Cultural Appropriation?” White Guilt Gone Amok! I’m a white guy who grew up in a racial diverse neighborhood in California and my kids have had the same experience. Two of them are high school seniors, one is a college sophomore, and the other has graduated. My daughter married a black man (and yes, that is the ethnic description of his choice). One of my sons is married to a Latina woman he met in fourth grade. We have many friends and family of various cultural backgrounds and none of us know what you people are talking about. This is another made up issue for the hand wringers in our society. My goodness! There is no shortage of REAL issues you could put your time and effort into. Please make good use of your time on this earth!

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