[Pictured: Dancers participate in the belly-dance festival of “Ahlan Wasahlan” in Cairo, which drew participants from more than 50 countries. (Reuters)]
There isn’t anything wrong with respectful appropriation. In fact, it is usually cause for celebration.
The most heartening article on belly dancing I read this week appeared in an obscure book of collected essays titled Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice.
While abroad in Morocco, the author began to study belly dancing, orraqs sharqi. Doing so helped her to integrate herself into a community of local Muslim women, forming new friendships and a more nuanced understanding of their culture. It also helped her to grow more comfortable in a body she hadn’t always loved. Upon returning to the United States, she found a dance studio whereraqs sharqibrought together a mutually supportive community of diverse women.
Later, as an educator in Washington, D.C., she introducedraqs sharqito a group of black high-school students, successfully using it as a vehicle to break down stereotypes about Arab culture and to foster a more supportive community among female students:
We went back to understandings of Arab and Muslim women and discussed the use of female space for dance, celebration, learning, and community. As the girls learned the movements and the style of lead and follow, they verbalized new understandings of themselves and others. Connections were made to reggae, African dance, go-go, and Hip Hop, while some took it upon themselves to introduce their own music to the sessions for improvisation.
Does the educator’s race matter to you?
The question is prompted by the most disheartening article on belly dancing I read this week, “Why I Can’t Stand White Belly Dancers.” In it, Randa Jarrar complains that belly dancing is the object of a “century-old tradition of appropriation,” and argues that white belly dancers—even those who’ve seriously studied the form for 15 years in classes taught by Arab women—are engaged in unwitting racism.
This is probably the best rebuttal to all the angry conversation that happens surrounding appropriation, especially here on tumblr. It’s worth a read.
How I get dressed in the morning - (1/2)
this is fucking with my brain
I am confused and aroused.
Most valued re-blog award goes to..
do u ever have that default username that you always use and if a site already has it taken youre like . speechless
A Profile of Americans’ Media Use and Political Socialization Effects: television and the Internet’s relationship to social connectedness in the USA ― Daniel German & Caitlin Lally
There are more “non-humans” on TV than women. Talk about unequal gender representation in the media.
list of female reboot characters who aren’t A) mother of a main character or B) shown in their underwear at least once:
- ………….yeah I got nothin’
ANd a reminder that two of the four women in the Reboot aren’t even named within the script. So for those people who are casual fans have no idea that Winona is Winona or Amanda is Amanda.
Instead they are only known by their relationship to their sons and husbands.
Winona is George Kirk’s Sweetheart and Jim Kirk’s Mother
Amanda is Spock’s Mother, and his Father’s Whore.
Ain’t that swell?
#HOLY SHIT #that last comment #I have seen the movie multiple times and I didn’t even #I didn’t even notice that #I HAD TO GO THE TRANSCRIPT AND CTRL+F TO CHECK BECAUSE I ALMOST DIDN’T BELIEVE IT #they didn’t give AMANDA HER NAME #or Winona but they actually TOOK AMANDA’S NAME AWAY #and then KILLED HER #FUCK #FUCK THE WORLD #and they gave Uhura a first name but it was passed between male characters like an object #accidentally dropped by one and greedily picked up by the other #never given freely #EXCUSE ME I NEED TO GO PUNCH SOMETHING
I feel like there’s some really rageworthy meta potential here about how men’s names are important, but women’s names don’t matter at all (unless, as perceptively pointed out above, that name can be used by male characters to signify possession/etc).
#Think about this: we learn both Jim’s grandfathers’ names in that opening scene#neither of whom are present or ever in the movie at all#but not Jim’s mother’s name#even though she’s right there#in the scene#givin’ birth to the main character#And they couldn’t have had George tag on a ”Winona!” to any part of his dialogue?#like obviously the granfathers’ names were relevant for good reason - of course they were#but they could just have easily have mentioned Winona’s name too y’know? (via greenscrewdriver)
This is why I don’t have high hopes for the next Star Wars movie either. Or the Turtles movie. And I was looking forward to both those before I found out JJ Asshat was involved.
This was inspired by something that recently happened to a friend. Might considering posting my source of inspiration for B if they still do not see the error of their ways after being informed by various people including the artist themselves. People. OTL
If anyone identifies with B please understand and change? I’m sure you’re not a jerk inside but just behaving so due to ignorance/convenience/pride/whatever. Do you really want to continue?
If you’re not upset about Katniss, Tonto, or Khan being played by white people, but you are upset about Annie being played by a black girl, you’re probably racist.
And by probably I mean definitely.
Opppai (おっぱい) is the Japanese word for meaning hope. In Japan when you want to give someone hope you tell them, 私のおっぱいを感じる which means.
"I’ll give you my hope."
a hoodie and underwear is all you really need to wear tbh
This is SeaWorld’s worst nightmare — Californians are saying enough to orca captivity.It’s about time someone steps up to protect whales.
Another petition. Sign please.