July 19, 2011
I must be missing the ~style~ here..
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It’s sad when this shit makes me want to avoid all music festivals completely. - Bree

I must be missing the ~style~ here..

submitted by traversetheskies

It’s sad when this shit makes me want to avoid all music festivals completely. - Bree

July 19, 2011
tropigalia:

ameliabutter:

pipu:

Color pics from the Wild West shoot are up! Check my  blog for all of them!
(via Made by Katie: Wild West)

casual friendship activity
AKA
AXL ROSE V. ADAM ANT

PORK could’ve been so cool. somebody responded on that blog post that people need to get over this. how about you just choose a different theme that isn’t fucking racist? wouldn’t that take an equal amount of energy?

Check out the unfortunate drama at Pork Magazine.  People are obviously pissed over their lazy venture into headdresses and warpaint, and they give everyone a charming response:
PORK is fueled by Camp & Kitsch. Both of these aesthetics require a  certain degree of sophistication & a certain degree of “not taking  things so seriously.” PORK does not believe in cultural ownership or the  concept of “genuine”. Things are either done well or not done well.  When we are pestered by special interest groups advocating their world  view & that our magazine somehow conforms to their world view, I  immediately wonder, “What have you done for me lately?” (http://internetpork.com/?p=522)
So sacred traditions of my dying culture are reduced to kitsch?  Easy for a fucking white person to say.  You just lost a potential subscriber - and I’m sure many more.  Pro tip: come up with a better public relations strategy to deal with the criticism instead of being ignorant assholes.
To those who say the critics need to get a life: I have a fulfilling and robust life that is filled with amazing friends, family, and activism.  I work my ass off and cut loose at shows and parties just like you.  So don’t pull that insulting bullshit just because I take a few minutes of my time on the internet to call you out.

tropigalia:

ameliabutter:

pipu:

Color pics from the Wild West shoot are up! Check my  blog for all of them!

(via Made by Katie: Wild West)

casual friendship activity

AKA

AXL ROSE V. ADAM ANT

PORK could’ve been so cool. somebody responded on that blog post that people need to get over this. how about you just choose a different theme that isn’t fucking racist? wouldn’t that take an equal amount of energy?

Check out the unfortunate drama at Pork Magazine.  People are obviously pissed over their lazy venture into headdresses and warpaint, and they give everyone a charming response:

PORK is fueled by Camp & Kitsch. Both of these aesthetics require a certain degree of sophistication & a certain degree of “not taking things so seriously.” PORK does not believe in cultural ownership or the concept of “genuine”. Things are either done well or not done well. When we are pestered by special interest groups advocating their world view & that our magazine somehow conforms to their world view, I immediately wonder, “What have you done for me lately?” (http://internetpork.com/?p=522)

So sacred traditions of my dying culture are reduced to kitsch?  Easy for a fucking white person to say.  You just lost a potential subscriber - and I’m sure many more.  Pro tip: come up with a better public relations strategy to deal with the criticism instead of being ignorant assholes.

To those who say the critics need to get a life: I have a fulfilling and robust life that is filled with amazing friends, family, and activism.  I work my ass off and cut loose at shows and parties just like you.  So don’t pull that insulting bullshit just because I take a few minutes of my time on the internet to call you out.

(via premierbonheur)

June 15, 2011
Even though I’m of German descent, I am not in any respect responsible for the Holocaust.

meccamechanitra:

hipsterappropriations:

meccamechanitra:

I do not:

  • Have to feel bad about playing a part in it
  • Have to repent for playing a part in it, or being part of the ethnicity that spawned the group that perpetuated it
  • Bear responsibility for it

for being German.

Similarly, I am not responsible in any way for the treatment of Natives by the government or ye olde colonists simply because I am white. 

There, I just debased the bullshit original sin argument at the heart of the prejudiced and racist-through-racial-bias concept that is the cultural appropriation of Natives.

As for the other argument, that it’s their culture, this wreaks of such inane cultural purity it’s almost ridiculous. Welcome to capitalism. Your culture is going to get bent over and fucked by the long dick of the profit motive. That happens to every culture exposed to capitalism. Does it suck? Yes. Do Natives deserve some special exemption from this terrible-terribleness just because this country treated them brutally? No; the way they were treated is beyond reprehensible and inhumane, and capitalism’s butchering of culture is bad, but Natives don’t get special treatment. 

The problem of cultural appropriation isn’t one of racism; it’s one of economics. You don’t have hipsters wearing headdresses because they’re racist or oppressive or because of the USA’s treatment of Natives; you have hipsters wearing headdresses because the nice corporations that rule the developed world realized there was money to be had in selling big fancy feathery-looking things to teenagers. 

Racism is not the issue in this case; the abhorrent capitalist system is. 

/there now you guys can either stop being so exclusive with your hatred of cultural appropriation or you can start fighting the real cause of cultural appropriation. Or you could just miss the fucking point, call me racist, and keep fighting a losing and misguided battle.   

HEY GUYS, BLAME CAPITALISM!

While, yes, fashion retailers have certainly been smart enough to see that consumers go gaga over feathers and tribal patterns, THAT “TREND” IS STILL ROOTED IN A FUCKING RACIAL STEREOTYPE.  When retailers mark a collection as “Native” or “tribal,” it negates the diversity of hundreds of tribes. 

I actually take serious issue with you telling me that what I’m doing is misguided.  Should I tell my other friends of color that their efforts to fight other racial injustices and stereotypes are useless?  Should I tell my trans friend Casey that he should just put up and shut up over how he is treated by his employer?  Why can’t I be angry that a privileged designer makes hundreds of thousands of dollars a years pawning shitty caricatures of my culture when my family and friends deal with lack of employment, basic health care, and sexual violence on my reservation?  There are many ways by which we can address discrimination - and I consider this to be one of them.  Shoot me.

Well, of course it’s based on a racial stereotype. Most forms of cultural appropriation are, which is why it’s bad. 

You mistook what I mean. The fight against cultural appropriation is not a misguided thing; blaming it solely on racism and focusing solely on Natives is misguided. So, your analogies don’t really work, because I never said that fighting against cultural appropriation is a bad thing. 

The only reason this blog speaks to appropriation of Native culture the most is due to my personal background as an Oglala Sioux.  We have addressed appropriation of other cultures/traditions (Romani, Hindu, Dia de Los Muertos, among others) and we hope to bring more examples to our blog.

Of course capitalism is also to blame for mass appropriation of culture.  So I agree with you there.  But I don’t agree with your sheer dismissal of sacred spiritual traditions and “ownership” of them - As for the other argument, that it’s their culture, this wreaks of such inane cultural purity it’s almost ridiculous. Welcome to capitalism. Your culture is going to get bent over and fucked by the long dick of the profit motive.

Sorry, but I have a problem -perhaps rooted in my family’s historical struggles - with a white kid prancing around in a fucking headdress without regard to its significance.  I didn’t get to wear a headdress.  In most tribes, the headdress is reserved for men.  We live in a multicultural society, for sure - and I enjoy plenty of cuisine and music from other cultures - but as I said in a previous post -

We can live in a multicultural community that celebrates, but respects each others traditions when they are of spiritual significance.  I can walk down the street to get tacos al pastor, but I don’t have to rock Day of the Dead make-up with my boobs hanging out for some bullshit photographer’s trendy photo shoot later that day.

It’s as simple as this - we just want some fucking respect.  Anyone is welcome to appropriate all they want, it’s a free country, blah blah blah - but I still think they’re an asshole.

(via kyndrai-deactivated20130206)

June 9, 2011
mycultureisnotatrend:

toxicvisionclothing:

Toxic Vision pants worn by Lolly O’Diamond

Exhibit C: Warbonnet abuse.

Yo Toxic Vision - Seeing as there have been plenty of non-critical reblogs of this photo, I guess you’re only asking people who point out its gross stereotypes to remove the reblog from their Tumblr?  That’s the fucking problem with being an artist/designer who starts a Tumblr: you’re not gonna like every response.  So get a clue, deal with it, and maybe think a little harder about the content of your work.

mycultureisnotatrend:

toxicvisionclothing:

Toxic Vision pants worn by Lolly O’Diamond

Exhibit C: Warbonnet abuse.

Yo Toxic Vision - Seeing as there have been plenty of non-critical reblogs of this photo, I guess you’re only asking people who point out its gross stereotypes to remove the reblog from their Tumblr?  That’s the fucking problem with being an artist/designer who starts a Tumblr: you’re not gonna like every response.  So get a clue, deal with it, and maybe think a little harder about the content of your work.

June 9, 2011
Dear flood of people demanding I take down these pictures:

mycultureisnotatrend:

Most people find that the simplest way to stop seeing their photos on this site is to stop doing racist things.

It really is that simple.

Preach. 

All cultural appropriation aside: YOU ARE AN ARTIST.  We’re not saying that you’re a BAD artist, but that the subjects of your work are tricky.  Once your work enters the public domain, can you really expect everyone to embrace it?  Sure, art can challenge our emotions and preconceptions, but when a stereotype (like the headdress) is grossly glorified by your work, well, there’s not much room for interpretation.

If you post an image on Tumblr, as long as it is attributed to the original post/link/artist in some way (which it is, via a reblog from the artist’s Tumblr), is that not public domain?

June 8, 2011
Taken from Littledoe “designer” Chase Cohl’s Twitter, who’ve we talked about before.
It must really be a tough life selling headdresses for hundreds  of dollars and then going home to fucking this in your backyard.  I  don’t think I really need to say anything more other than FUCK YOU.  The people on the rez live in abject poverty while you profit off shitty caricatures of my culture.
Y’all should give her some feedback on Twitter, though!

Taken from Littledoe “designer” Chase Cohl’s Twitter, who’ve we talked about before.

It must really be a tough life selling headdresses for hundreds of dollars and then going home to fucking this in your backyard.  I don’t think I really need to say anything more other than FUCK YOU.  The people on the rez live in abject poverty while you profit off shitty caricatures of my culture.

Y’all should give her some feedback on Twitter, though!

May 13, 2011
"Should I wear it?"

While Marquita and I are glad that the blog is sparking conversation over what is right or wrong to wear, there are far too many questions regarding this subject in our inbox for us to even scratch the surface.  We’re going to ask that you read the next piece and try to keep those questions at a minimum moving forward.

Julia at à l’allure garçonnière covered this question perfectly in her "critical fashion lover’s basic guide to cultural appropriation" post:

let’s say you bought a cute pair of feather earrings and you like how they look. you’re white. is this cultural appropriation?

  • are you going to pair them with a pair of mocassins and skimpy dress in an attempt to channel outdated romanticized stereotypes of native women? then yes, i would say that’s pretty shitty.
  • are you going to ask who made them and where they come from? are they made in a factory with terrible working conditions? are they synthetic? are they from an endangered bird?
  • how are they marketed/sold to you? are they tagged as “navajo spirit eagle feather” yet made in china and sold by a capitalist chain?
  • you can claim you like them simply for their aesthetic appearance, but why do you like this particular aethestic?

these aforementioned questions can apply to any number of garments for any person who thinks of themselves as a critical consumer of fashion. ask yourself if you’re simply wearing it “because you like it” or because it is trendy, and ask if that is enough for you. everyone has different reasons for what they choose to wear and why, and as long as you’re prepared to discuss your reasons without engaging in fucked up discussions ignoring your own white privilege, i say go for it.

April 29, 2011
Fuck off, Jared Leto.

Fuck off, Jared Leto.

(Source: ethereal-rose)

April 28, 2011
One more thing: Good news

Before I drown myself in mojitos and dancing later, I have to give a hat tip to Pink Bow Vintage, formerly known as Native Vintage, which we addressed in this post.  Whether it was to get away from the bad press, or the owner truly understands, i don’t know, but I thank her for making that change.

Some people question our methods.  Some people don’t see the error of their ways immediately and respond with anger right back.  Yes, we can respect other cultures, but let’s not profit off their sacred traditions and turn them into a fashion statement.  Yes, we are a multicultural society, but that doesn’t mean we’re all in perfect harmony and that everything is up for grabs. Traditional headdresses are breathtakingly beautiful, but are simply inappropriate and offensive outside of their traditional context - EVEN IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES. 

Go ahead and call me an asshole, jerk, even RACIST right back.  But my line is in the sand when it comes to defending the heritage of my systemically oppressed family.  Bree, as an ally who understands and accepts her white privilege, is right there with me.

Thanks for reading.

Marquita

April 28, 2011
I’m having a hard time NOT finding this all HILARIOUS

festivalsandfashion:

Really?  So standing up for complete and utter ignorance is hilarious?  Standing up for the subjugation of my culture is hilarious?

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON, GIRLFRIEND.

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