I'd like to hear your opinions..
CULTURAL APPROPRIATION: Does it actually exist? watch
- Thread Starter
- 21-02-2016 20:40
- 23-02-2016 06:39
I'm often quite torn when it comes to cultural appropriation. I believe that engaging in and embracing cultures that are different to yours is a wonderful thing. I love to attend festivals and learn songs from cultures that are not my own, and I find it has made me a much more open-minded person. However, I will admit that there are some occasions, for example when I see someone with a traditional Thai Buddhist tattoo, who has not undergone the proper tattoo-ing procedure, and I can understand why people who belong to that culture would be offended. The procedure is very spiritual and takes a lot of self-reflection, commitment etc., and although it does not affect me directly (as I am not Buddhist), I feel a slight pang in my stomach, as if my brain is saying "no, you're not doing it right. You're not meant to have that". In cases like these, I often question what my actual stance is about it. I appreciate the customs and cultures of others, and I am sensitive to different ways of life, but at the same time I love seeing people embrace other cultures. ITS SO CONFUSING!
In short, I think that if someone does something that is of another culture, as long as it is done respectfully and not in an insulting way, then it should be fine