It's a matter of definition.

The phrase cultural appropriation is gaining weight in the criticism of popular media, a provocation brought about by hipster smokers dancing to music festivals while wearing First People attire, by the music videos of the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift ostensibly mocking the ways of African Americans and ghetto communities. 1,644 more words


Halloween Costumes: Looking into the Haunted Mirror of Our Past

A collaborative authorship post from Bria Hamlet and Jess Myers

You guessed it! It’s that time of the year when the Women’s Center staff crushes your Halloween costume dreams and makes you feel guilty about your costume decisions. 712 more words


The Probelm With Iggy Azalea Isn't Her, It's You

Iggy Azlaea is an Australian artist best known for her hit summer song, “Fancy”, and better known as that rapper that “doesn’t sound the way that she looks”. 421 more words

Black Widow

REPRINT: Dye-ing Culture: Color Run, White-washing Holi Since 2012

Originally published here.

Co-opt: (v.) 1. divert to or use in a role different from the usual or original one. 2. adopt (an idea or policy) for one’s own use…

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Cultural Appropriation: A Feminist Myth

Cultural appropriation is the adoption or theft of icons, rituals, aesthetic standards, and behavior from one culture or subculture by another. It generally is applied when the subject culture is a minority culture or somehow subordinate in social, political, economic, or military status to the appropriating culture. 1,493 more words

Feminism And Activism

Halloween Appropriation

“We’re a culture, not a costume” –Ohio University’ STARS campaign, 2011

With Halloween coming up this Friday, I thought it would be a good time to address an issue surrounding the candy-loving holiday.

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Controversial Halloween Costumes (What Not to Wear this Halloween)

By Stirling Dubell




Halloween: the night of October 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day, commonly celebrated by children who dress in costume and collect candy and other treats door-to-door. 778 more words

October 2014