September 30, 2011
Lots of changes….

Greetings readers,

It’s been some time since we last posted - two months exactly, actually.  For that, we are very sorry.  But we have our reasons.

For starters, Marquita lost a dear family member not long after the last post, and spent the last month and a half at home.  I’ve (Bree) been in the thick of thesis crunch mode and navigating the problem of what-the-fuck-am-I-doing-post-college (union organizing seems to be my first choice right now).

We went out for drinks last night and discussed what we want the future of this blog to be.  A change to the title - and less frequent, but more quality content.  Still, there’s a bit of frustration between us over all of the “Navajo” and “Native” trends we still see in fall fashion spreads, which I’m sure you all share.  We’ve got thick skin, but it’s hard not to feel like the work you are doing is futile sometimes.

So be patient with us as we explore a “rebranding” of sorts, and get back into the groove of blogging and Tumblr.  What have we missed?!

Love,

Bree & Marquita

July 30, 2011
Ramblings on criticism, context, and naïvete

Something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the reaction of individuals when confronted, be it over a garment that is culturally appropriative or using sexist/ableist/racist language, etc.

Sometimes, from the bottom of my heart, I want to truly believe, “Well, these people just don’t KNOW any better!  They don’t have the kind of understanding of my culture they should have thanks to American history lessons that pick and choose at the least offensive and mostly white events.”  I mean…right?

But then I get frustrated when simple logic can’t be applied to our understanding of history.  That Native tribes, spread across all of North America, must have different cultural traditions due very simply to their geographic diversity.

The headdress is not unlike garments that are worn in observance of other religious traditions.  I guess this is just something that people can’t grasp.  Possibly because the spiritual traditions of Native tribes don’t look and feel like organized religion.  Are we really that naïve to think otherwise?

I don’t even know where I’m going with this, really.  It’s been a long couple weeks.

July 28, 2011
seungalong:

hipsterappropriations:

Seriously, where the fuck do these people get off?

I already said this on that blogspot post, but then I came over here and got annoyed all over again. I never engage in semi-political discussions, that’s how annoyed I am. But really, this is about a fashion trend, guys. People were just massacred in Norway, and you want to complain about a photo shoot in a small, alternative magazine. How about focusing some of that self-righteous anger towards the world today instead of the world 300 years ago. 
I’m an adopted Korean living in Alabama. If you don’t understand how confusing that is culturally, just think about it for a second. As a minority, I do understand that American culture can be insensitive about heritage. I’ve lived in an incredibly racist community (i.e., all of the South) and in an incredibly PC community (i.e., the Northwest). You know what I found? Living in Seattle was the first time I had hate directed towards me personally for my race. Never in my 20 some years of living in the Bible belt did I ever feel that way. It was bizarre. I’ve experienced ignorance. Hell, I’ve dated 2 guys who were only interested in me because of their obsession with Japan. And note: I’m KOREAN. So yeah, I know how it feels. But the point I’m getting to is that tip-toeing around, too scared to offend some sort of subsection, whether based on ethnicity, religion, politics, sexual orientation, etc., is kind of like abstinence. To tell anyone they simply CAN’T do something is an ineffective means of dealing with the issue. You know the governor of TN made it illegal to say “gay”? Who does that serve? It’s just sweeping the issue under the rug. I mean, at the end of the day, we ALL get shit on for one reason or another. Rich, poor, white, black, we’re all humans. So all I’m saying is, educating is one thing. But the “just say no” mentality is simply naive. 
Because we are a nation based on individuality. On being who you want, believing what you want, and part of that is being able to say what you want, even if it offends someone else. Yes, people shouldn’t be prejudiced. But, well, whatcha gonna do? Protect everyone from anything? Hey distopian future, I’ll be seein ya soon. Cause I find sermons to be pretty offensive, as an atheist. Doesn’t stop the Jehovah’s Witnesses from knocking on my door. Nor should it. Ultimately, the only thing you can do is shut the door, not wear a headdress, live in whatever fashion fits your philosophical perspective. 
But seriously, this whole blog is a little bit offensive to me, but it is your right to have it, and it is my right to avoid it as much as possible. One could argue that you are stereotyping and belittling the “hipster” culture, which like it or not, is a significant cultural movement. No, hipsterism doesn’t have as much history, as much oppression, or anything that can be considered sacred in the religious sense. (Hey, if I take peyote, will you blog about me, too?) But if you are respecting their religious beliefs in the headdress, can’t I have something as important to me? Maybe you don’t understand why it’s important, much like I don’t understand why I’ve been stewing over this blog for the past couple hours, but it doesn’t matter either way. Because it’s not the hipster comments that offend me; it’s that you seem either unwilling or incapable of accepting that there are other perspectives on this issue besides your own. Now how fucking closeminded is that? 
Also, in regards to that food post, about Chinese food being Americanized. Sure, it homogenizes Asian cuisine, to an extent. BUT, go over to Japan and order a hamburger or chicken nuggets. Buy a bag of chips at the store. They are going to taste different because the companies behind them are trying to appeal to a specific market. In some ways, you could even say that they are trying to be sensitive to the tastes of a particular region. But to me, again as a Korean woman who grew up in the South, I find food fusion representative of everything that I love about America. It’s the bringing together of different flavors and different cultures, cultures that wouldn’t have been able to influence each other until recently, but they can teach each other about ingredients and techniques that haven’t been explored in traditional American food. How is this a bad thing? Our ability to come together as a community and work towards a common goal, now those are reasons to be happy about the world, about the progression of our society, not angry. 
And lastly, for anyone who wants to say that I am self-loathing of my race. Don’t presume to know who I am or where I come from based on 5 paragraphs on a blog. And don’t try and say that it is my “responsibility” to “get in touch” with my heritage. That’s an extremely personal choice. And believing that your way is the only way, well isn’t that how we got in this mess in the first place? 

Bolded the first part for emphasis.  Honestly, I’ve thought a lot about your post, and I’m actually open to listening….but why did you have to go ahead and throw the “more important shit happening in Norway!” argument my way?  that kind of soured it right off the bat.
While I don’t agree with everything, I could at least say I’ve finally received a coherent counterpoint, instead of the cool-kids-in-the-schoolyard trash talk over at Pork.  So let’s just leave it at that, and I appreciate it.
I’ve never said you can’t wear a headdress.  But I’m free to tell you why it’s fucked up.  That’s the bottom line.
As for the hipster thing…well, we’re actually in the midst of finding a better name for this blog.  

seungalong:

hipsterappropriations:

Seriously, where the fuck do these people get off?

I already said this on that blogspot post, but then I came over here and got annoyed all over again. I never engage in semi-political discussions, that’s how annoyed I am. But really, this is about a fashion trend, guys. People were just massacred in Norway, and you want to complain about a photo shoot in a small, alternative magazine. How about focusing some of that self-righteous anger towards the world today instead of the world 300 years ago. 

I’m an adopted Korean living in Alabama. If you don’t understand how confusing that is culturally, just think about it for a second. As a minority, I do understand that American culture can be insensitive about heritage. I’ve lived in an incredibly racist community (i.e., all of the South) and in an incredibly PC community (i.e., the Northwest). You know what I found? Living in Seattle was the first time I had hate directed towards me personally for my race. Never in my 20 some years of living in the Bible belt did I ever feel that way. It was bizarre. I’ve experienced ignorance. Hell, I’ve dated 2 guys who were only interested in me because of their obsession with Japan. And note: I’m KOREAN. So yeah, I know how it feels. But the point I’m getting to is that tip-toeing around, too scared to offend some sort of subsection, whether based on ethnicity, religion, politics, sexual orientation, etc., is kind of like abstinence. To tell anyone they simply CAN’T do something is an ineffective means of dealing with the issue. You know the governor of TN made it illegal to say “gay”? Who does that serve? It’s just sweeping the issue under the rug. I mean, at the end of the day, we ALL get shit on for one reason or another. Rich, poor, white, black, we’re all humans. So all I’m saying is, educating is one thing. But the “just say no” mentality is simply naive. 

Because we are a nation based on individuality. On being who you want, believing what you want, and part of that is being able to say what you want, even if it offends someone else. Yes, people shouldn’t be prejudiced. But, well, whatcha gonna do? Protect everyone from anything? Hey distopian future, I’ll be seein ya soon. Cause I find sermons to be pretty offensive, as an atheist. Doesn’t stop the Jehovah’s Witnesses from knocking on my door. Nor should it. Ultimately, the only thing you can do is shut the door, not wear a headdress, live in whatever fashion fits your philosophical perspective.

But seriously, this whole blog is a little bit offensive to me, but it is your right to have it, and it is my right to avoid it as much as possible. One could argue that you are stereotyping and belittling the “hipster” culture, which like it or not, is a significant cultural movement. No, hipsterism doesn’t have as much history, as much oppression, or anything that can be considered sacred in the religious sense. (Hey, if I take peyote, will you blog about me, too?) But if you are respecting their religious beliefs in the headdress, can’t I have something as important to me? Maybe you don’t understand why it’s important, much like I don’t understand why I’ve been stewing over this blog for the past couple hours, but it doesn’t matter either way. Because it’s not the hipster comments that offend me; it’s that you seem either unwilling or incapable of accepting that there are other perspectives on this issue besides your own. Now how fucking closeminded is that?

Also, in regards to that food post, about Chinese food being Americanized. Sure, it homogenizes Asian cuisine, to an extent. BUT, go over to Japan and order a hamburger or chicken nuggets. Buy a bag of chips at the store. They are going to taste different because the companies behind them are trying to appeal to a specific market. In some ways, you could even say that they are trying to be sensitive to the tastes of a particular region. But to me, again as a Korean woman who grew up in the South, I find food fusion representative of everything that I love about America. It’s the bringing together of different flavors and different cultures, cultures that wouldn’t have been able to influence each other until recently, but they can teach each other about ingredients and techniques that haven’t been explored in traditional American food. How is this a bad thing? Our ability to come together as a community and work towards a common goal, now those are reasons to be happy about the world, about the progression of our society, not angry. 

And lastly, for anyone who wants to say that I am self-loathing of my race. Don’t presume to know who I am or where I come from based on 5 paragraphs on a blog. And don’t try and say that it is my “responsibility” to “get in touch” with my heritage. That’s an extremely personal choice. And believing that your way is the only way, well isn’t that how we got in this mess in the first place? 

Bolded the first part for emphasis.  Honestly, I’ve thought a lot about your post, and I’m actually open to listening….but why did you have to go ahead and throw the “more important shit happening in Norway!” argument my way?  that kind of soured it right off the bat.

While I don’t agree with everything, I could at least say I’ve finally received a coherent counterpoint, instead of the cool-kids-in-the-schoolyard trash talk over at Pork.  So let’s just leave it at that, and I appreciate it.

I’ve never said you can’t wear a headdress.  But I’m free to tell you why it’s fucked up.  That’s the bottom line.

As for the hipster thing…well, we’re actually in the midst of finding a better name for this blog.  

(via seungalong-deactivated20140312)

July 28, 2011
Sorry for the unannounced hiatus

This usually happens out of general frustration, workload, and inability to express ourselves coherently.  We’re just catching up on the Yay Life Tribe over at Native Appropriations, and gee……oh how so much changes in a week.

Thanks to all the new followers who discovered us by way of last week’s Pork Magazine bullshit.

July 21, 2011
Hey! Where did the charming “STFUradicals” go?

Hmm?

July 21, 2011
Seems like Pork Magazine can’t understand words. I have provided a basic pictorial aide for them.
submitted by naawkwe

Seems like Pork Magazine can’t understand words. I have provided a basic pictorial aide for them.

submitted by naawkwe

July 20, 2011
stfuradicals:

You’re too dumb if you can’t get more than 16 followers on Twitter even though you’ve been there almost a year.
You’re too dumb if you see something with a swastika or Nazis and are instantly offended.
You’re too dumb if you think that wearing a chicken feather headdress to the bar is anything more than a bad fashion choice.
You’re too dumb if you don’t realize that blackface performances are a culturally significant piece of popular history, enjoyed and performed by people of all races.
You’re too dumb if you think that standing in front of an abandoned warehouse in Eugene wearing outfits than took, perhaps at most, an hour to put on is “elaborate.”
I really hope that when I’m in my mid-30s I’m still being a jackass on the Internet. Cuz it’s fun, yo. 


LOL TRYING TOO HARD IS HARD. WHY DON’T YOU GET A LIFE?

stfuradicals:

  1. You’re too dumb if you can’t get more than 16 followers on Twitter even though you’ve been there almost a year.
  2. You’re too dumb if you see something with a swastika or Nazis and are instantly offended.
  3. You’re too dumb if you think that wearing a chicken feather headdress to the bar is anything more than a bad fashion choice.
  4. You’re too dumb if you don’t realize that blackface performances are a culturally significant piece of popular history, enjoyed and performed by people of all races.
  5. You’re too dumb if you think that standing in front of an abandoned warehouse in Eugene wearing outfits than took, perhaps at most, an hour to put on is “elaborate.”
  6. I really hope that when I’m in my mid-30s I’m still being a jackass on the Internet. Cuz it’s fun, yo.

LOL TRYING TOO HARD IS HARD. WHY DON’T YOU GET A LIFE?

(Source: )

July 20, 2011
We fired up the ol' Twitter again

July 20, 2011
stfuradicals:

Not Sean Aaberg, but I know y’all are REAL SMART so I’ve been waiting for someone to accuse me of being him…
Try again.
hipsterappropriations:

stfuradicals:

Congratulations. You win a prize for “Dumbest Contribution to the Great PORK Nontroversy of 2011”
kawonu-anidv:

hipsterappropriations:

Seriously, where the fuck do these people get off?

I’ve often said that art is meant to offend and be subversive. But fashion isn’t art and there’s a point where things stop being subversive and start being abusive and a real artist knows where that line is. These are pitiful, unabashedly racist human beings hiding behind the “style and attitude” of Camp (which is, in itself, offensive - John Waters would kick your pathetic hipster asses) to get away with their racism.


Does anyone find it interesting that the “STFURadicals” Tumblr popped up in the wake of PORK Controversy 2K11?  And is reblogging every criticism of this shitty photo shoot with pathetic rebuttals? 
Sean Äaberg: U MAD?


AWWW shucks.  I’m gonna go drink a bunch of whiskey like a Good Indian Girl.  SEE YA!

stfuradicals:

Not Sean Aaberg, but I know y’all are REAL SMART so I’ve been waiting for someone to accuse me of being him…

Try again.

hipsterappropriations:

stfuradicals:

Congratulations. You win a prize for “Dumbest Contribution to the Great PORK Nontroversy of 2011”

kawonu-anidv:

hipsterappropriations:

Seriously, where the fuck do these people get off?

I’ve often said that art is meant to offend and be subversive. But fashion isn’t art and there’s a point where things stop being subversive and start being abusive and a real artist knows where that line is. These are pitiful, unabashedly racist human beings hiding behind the “style and attitude” of Camp (which is, in itself, offensive - John Waters would kick your pathetic hipster asses) to get away with their racism.

Does anyone find it interesting that the “STFURadicals” Tumblr popped up in the wake of PORK Controversy 2K11?  And is reblogging every criticism of this shitty photo shoot with pathetic rebuttals? 

Sean Äaberg: U MAD?

AWWW shucks.  I’m gonna go drink a bunch of whiskey like a Good Indian Girl.  SEE YA!

(via )

July 20, 2011
stfuradicals:

Congratulations. You win a prize for “Dumbest Contribution to the Great PORK Nontroversy of 2011”
kawonu-anidv:

hipsterappropriations:

Seriously, where the fuck do these people get off?

I’ve often said that art is meant to offend and be subversive. But fashion isn’t art and there’s a point where things stop being subversive and start being abusive and a real artist knows where that line is. These are pitiful, unabashedly racist human beings hiding behind the “style and attitude” of Camp (which is, in itself, offensive - John Waters would kick your pathetic hipster asses) to get away with their racism.


Does anyone find it interesting that the “STFURadicals" Tumblr popped up in the wake of PORK Controversy 2K11?  And is reblogging every criticism of this shitty photo shoot with pathetic rebuttals? 
Sean Äaberg: U MAD?

stfuradicals:

Congratulations. You win a prize for “Dumbest Contribution to the Great PORK Nontroversy of 2011”

kawonu-anidv:

hipsterappropriations:

Seriously, where the fuck do these people get off?

I’ve often said that art is meant to offend and be subversive. But fashion isn’t art and there’s a point where things stop being subversive and start being abusive and a real artist knows where that line is. These are pitiful, unabashedly racist human beings hiding behind the “style and attitude” of Camp (which is, in itself, offensive - John Waters would kick your pathetic hipster asses) to get away with their racism.

Does anyone find it interesting that the “STFURadicals" Tumblr popped up in the wake of PORK Controversy 2K11?  And is reblogging every criticism of this shitty photo shoot with pathetic rebuttals? 

Sean Äaberg: U MAD?

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