I’ve fallen in love with you half a dozen times already. It’s been terribly wonderful and incredibly painful through all of the broken hearts, the fights, the tears, the laughter, the kisses, the warmth. Even then, despite all of the bullshit, I’d fall in love with you half a dozen times more. In this life, the next, and the one after that. God help me, I would.
Me, about you.
im-on-tumbla

Anonymous asked:

Selena Gomez isn't white. Every time cultural appropriation happens even if a POC does it magically turns into something a horrible white person has done. fuck you and your which hunt against white people. Prejudice bitch.

browngirlanonymous answered:

Are you talking about this post:

"Why does Selena Gomez wear bindis? And why the fuck she got all these white people wearing em? I’m confused.”

I simply ask because I’m not sure where you read “white people are the devil” in my post but I don’t remember writing that. I do, however, remember writing that I’ve seen white people wearing bindis. I remember deductively determining that the most popular social icon that inspired this current fetish to be Selena Gomez who is (I agree) a person of color. However (now, this is my personal OBSERVATION) I remember noticing that I have not seen other people of color wearing them. I have, in fact, seen a lot of “white” people wearing them. 

Now, being Indian-Hindu (the culture-religion in which the bindis originate) I can tell you that there is not a “white” person in the world born into that demographic (seeing as Hindu’s do not convert) therefore I can justly conclude that any “white” person wearing a bindi is appropriating my culture-religion. 

I would like to point out again that I did not imply that any “white” person was horrible nor did I imply that all “white” people are horrible. I said “fucking white people” which can mean the same as anything from “fucking cutie” to “fucking green”. It isn’t necessarily a negating adjective. 

I’d also like to point out that your use of the word “prejudice” was inaccurate seeing as, by definition, it is a preconception not based on actual experience or reason. So, though I might be a bitch, in the uttermost vernacular sense of the word, I am not prejudice seeing as my statement was based on an OBSERVATION that I made.  

And finally, I’d like to mention that we could use a spell checker or edit function on tumblr. Your statement makes absolutely no grammatical sense. But have no fear, I do this type of stuff for a living!

For future reference, your statement should look something like this:

Selena Gomez isn’t white. Every time cultural appropriation happens, even if a POC does it, it magically turns into something a horrible white person has done. Fuck you and your witch hunt against white people, prejudice bitch.

Or, you could have also written:

I am a white person and though you may not be specifically talking about me, when it comes to cultural appropriation, racism, or prejudice and you speak of white people and their actions I feel like you and other POC’s are attacking me personally because I am a self-centered, self-serving, white-privileged idiot who thinks racism isn’t really a problem.

Also,

Reverse-Racism.

So, my dear. Fuck you and your stupidity. Fuck you and your idiosyncratic notion that white people shouldn’t be clumped up into one group when that is all that’s done to POC’s. <— Literally. Do you have any idea how many ethnic groups are included in that one single acronym?

The truth is, people like you don’t realize that for popular culture (which, in case you were wondering, is generated by the upper to middle class in America which mostly consists of “white” families) people of color become fetishes: our culture, our music, our dances, our language, even our physical attributes all become the “it” thing for people like you. And you believe that this is just fine; it’s great; who is it hurting? The fact that our very existence becomes a commercialized product sold for the masses means nothing to you because you are not negatively effected, large-scale. You don’t have to put up with people (like yourself) insinuating that your feelings, humanity, and respect do not matter. It’s insulting and degrading. People like you are insulting and degrading. So fuck you. My statement stands.  

Also, you should pay more attention in English and, ya know, in life. 

-BGA<3

neveraskme
What makes the non-South Asian person’s use of the bindi problematic is the fact that a pop star like Selena Gomez wearing one is guaranteed to be better received than I would if I were to step out of the house rocking a dot on my forehead. On her, it’s a bold new look; on me, it’s a symbol of my failure to assimilate. On her, it’s unquestionably cool; on me, it’s yet another marker of my Otherness, another thing that makes me different from other American girls. If the use of the bindi by mainstream pop stars made it easier for South Asian women to wear it, I’d be all for its proliferation — but it doesn’t. They lend the bindi an aura of cool that a desi woman simply can’t compete with, often with the privilege of automatic acceptance in a society when many non-white women must fight for it.
neveraskme
j4ya:

owlbytes:


Vanessa Hudgens, Kylie Jenner, and Sarah Hyland wearing bindis

Many people have been talking about the supposed cultural appropriation of young female celebrities wearing bindis at Coachella. However, bindis are no longer the religious symbol they once were, and I’m all for non-Indians hopping on the Bindi train.
In the past, bindis were used as a religious too; as the area on which bindis are placed on is thought to represent the Anja (sixth chakra)/third eye. They were also used as a status indicator; the color of a person’s bindi could indicate their marital status (married, widowed, etc). The physical bindi has also changed, evolving from a vermillion powder to modern stickers.
Of course, some people still use bindis in the traditional way, but nowadays most people use it as a fashion accessory. Go to any Indian clothing store, or do a simple Google search, and you’ll see bindis in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. One of my favorite parts of wearing Indian clothes as a child was getting to pick my matching bindi and having my mom place it on my forehead. 
Other aspects of Indian culture have permeated the West, so I’m surprised people have gotten into a tizzy when non-Indian women wear bindis at a music festival. If Jamie Oliver can propagate Indian recipes and Hermes can sell scarves with Indian motifs, I think it’s alright if some young female celebrities wear bindis at Coachella. 

Shut up. Wow. Please. Don’t do this.
I agree that the bindi has lost it some of its religious significance, but this by no means excuses these girls from wearing them like this.
Even us Indian girls, when wearing the bindis, wore them with Indian clothes, when attending Indian functions, and they represented our culture, something that set us apart, something unique about us that we could be proud about.
These girls are wearing them meaninglessly, as if they are nothing more than their face value, just a sticker, which is why this is NOT OKAY. When I wear a bindi, it represents my history, my culture, so much about me. It shows that I am proud of my heritage and that this is a part of me no one can ever destroy.
Until the day a staunch Hindu devotee can walk worry-free down a street in America with her bindi on, without the fear of someone calling her a slur or “dirty” or making fun of her accent, until the day people stop reblogging pictures of Ganesha because they’re ‘soft grunge’, until the day people don’t mock us for the way our accents sound or the way we dress or the way our hair looks, the bindi should stay a symbol for South Asians and South Asians only.
These girls are not appreciating the bindi and its meaning; they are using it and stripping it of its entire worth.

j4ya:

owlbytes:

Vanessa Hudgens, Kylie Jenner, and Sarah Hyland wearing bindis

Many people have been talking about the supposed cultural appropriation of young female celebrities wearing bindis at Coachella. However, bindis are no longer the religious symbol they once were, and I’m all for non-Indians hopping on the Bindi train.

In the past, bindis were used as a religious too; as the area on which bindis are placed on is thought to represent the Anja (sixth chakra)/third eye. They were also used as a status indicator; the color of a person’s bindi could indicate their marital status (married, widowed, etc). The physical bindi has also changed, evolving from a vermillion powder to modern stickers.

Of course, some people still use bindis in the traditional way, but nowadays most people use it as a fashion accessory. Go to any Indian clothing store, or do a simple Google search, and you’ll see bindis in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. One of my favorite parts of wearing Indian clothes as a child was getting to pick my matching bindi and having my mom place it on my forehead.

Other aspects of Indian culture have permeated the West, so I’m surprised people have gotten into a tizzy when non-Indian women wear bindis at a music festival. If Jamie Oliver can propagate Indian recipes and Hermes can sell scarves with Indian motifs, I think it’s alright if some young female celebrities wear bindis at Coachella. 

Shut up. Wow. Please. Don’t do this.

I agree that the bindi has lost it some of its religious significance, but this by no means excuses these girls from wearing them like this.

Even us Indian girls, when wearing the bindis, wore them with Indian clothes, when attending Indian functions, and they represented our culture, something that set us apart, something unique about us that we could be proud about.

These girls are wearing them meaninglessly, as if they are nothing more than their face value, just a sticker, which is why this is NOT OKAY. When I wear a bindi, it represents my history, my culture, so much about me. It shows that I am proud of my heritage and that this is a part of me no one can ever destroy.

Until the day a staunch Hindu devotee can walk worry-free down a street in America with her bindi on, without the fear of someone calling her a slur or “dirty” or making fun of her accent, until the day people stop reblogging pictures of Ganesha because they’re ‘soft grunge’, until the day people don’t mock us for the way our accents sound or the way we dress or the way our hair looks, the bindi should stay a symbol for South Asians and South Asians only.

These girls are not appreciating the bindi and its meaning; they are using it and stripping it of its entire worth.

neveraskme

strugglingtobeheard:

maursecode:

Shit I’m not creative enough to make up or a series of unrelated events or every time someone tries to tell me it’s not about race.

#poverty creates robbery #nothing forces rapists to rape

it’s truly sad too many ppl don’t get this. absolutely nothing forces anyone to r*pe. poverty and the need to survive creates a need to steal, which has existed well before antiblackness, might i add. this whole poem was great so i’m reblogging again lol, thanks for adding my tags.