Why should I care about cultural appropriation?


Why should I care about cultural appropriation?


Simple as that!

Cultural appropriation is when a dominate culture takes aspects of a minority culture and changes it resulting in a loss of its traditional meaning and context.

A person’s culture embodies their values, heritage, tradition and history all which should not be belittled. Lets take a look at the Japanese Kimono. The kimono is a traditional garment made from the finest materials and only worm on very formal occasions. It is a very polite and reserved garment, with countless variations for different occasions. Yet cultural appropriation has taken such a garment and made it into a tacky  and skimpy costume often seen on music shows and halloween. And often or not such an appropriation incorporates other elements of other cultures (Chinese, Korean can anyone say orientalism?). Gone are the traditional elements and value of such a piece. So don’t do cultural appropriation.

Culture is important to everyone. Its all about respect. Appreciation not appropriate.

R.C.W – Stopping Cultural Appropriation @ Stop The Cult
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6 thoughts on “Why should I care about cultural appropriation?

  1. Denny Sinnoh October 3, 2015 / 3:57 am

    You sound very misguided. Is this the type of thing they are teaching in sophomore political science classes these days?


    • stopthecult October 3, 2015 / 5:49 am

      How so? Please do explain, I am interested in your opinion. I’m simply trying to promote the fact that culture is important and not to be under valued.



    • stopthecult October 7, 2015 / 1:34 am

      Brilliant! Thank you so much we’ll check it out! Let us know what you think of our other post if you have time 🙂



  2. You Are Your Posture October 21, 2015 / 4:18 am

    I am really loving your blog posts at the moment. I think that culture is the core and essence of a person and that should not be reckoned with.

    I’m really surprised that you haven’t posted about cultural appropriation of for example, Asian cultures in American movies. That is one crucial cultural appropriation that really affected me as a child when I was growing up as an Asian person in an English speaking country. Would love to read about your perspective on that 🙂

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