— Said no one ever (via ignotae)
Okay so I actually really like Mukuro but nearly all the fanart makes her have zero expression when we legit have first hand evidence that she can PULL FACES and that makes me sad :C
also if you think all mercs are deadpan serious 24/7 you have clearly never talked to anyone who has spent time in the army
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Wondering if there would be any interest in Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment Cosplayer event this year. If this is you, please respond here:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152424629967265&set=a.494179202264.287266.186347407264&type=1&theater
A white girl wore a bindi at Coachella. And, then my social media feeds went berserk. Hashtagging the term “cultural appropriation” follows the outrage and seems to justify it at the same time. Except that it doesn’t.
Cultural appropriation is the adoption of a specific part of one culture by another cultural group. As I (an Indian) sit here, eating my sushi dinner (Japanese) and drinking tea (Chinese), wearing denim jeans (American), and overhearing Brahm’s Lullaby (German) from the baby’s room, I can’t help but think what’s the big deal?
The big deal with cultural appropriation is when the new adoption is void of the significance that it was supposed to have — it strips the religious, historical and cultural context of something and makes it mass-marketable. That’s pretty offensive. The truth is, I wouldn’t be on this side of the debate if we were talking about Native American headdresses, or tattoos of Polynesian tribal iconography, Chinese characters or Celtic bands.
Why shouldn’t the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I’ve listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won’t be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi. Of my informal survey of 50 Hindu women, not one could accurately explain it’s history, religious or spiritual significance. I had to Google it myself, and I’ve been wearing one since before I could walk.
We can’t accuse non-Hindus of turning the bindi into a fashion accessory with little religious meaning because, well, we’ve already done that. We did it long before Vanessa Hudgens in Coachella 2014, long before Selena Gomez at the MTV Awards in 2013, and even before Gwen Stefani in the mid-90s.
Indian statesman Rajan Zed justifies the opposing view as he explains, “[The bindi] is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol… It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory…” If us Indians had preserved the sanctity and holiness of the bindi, Zed’s argument for cultural appropriation would have been airtight. But, the reality is, we haven’t.
The 5,000 year old tradition of adorning my forehead with kumkum just doesn’t seem to align with the current bindi collection in my dresser — the 10-pack, crystal-encrusted, multi-colored stick-on bindis that have been designed to perfectly compliment my outfit. I didn’t happen to pick up these modern-day bindis at a hyper-hipster spot near my new home in California. No. This lot was brought from the motherland itself.
And, that’s just it. Culture evolves. Indians appreciated the beauty of a bindi and brought it into the world of fashion several decades ago. The single red dot that once was, transformed into a multitude of colors and shapes embellished with all the glitz and glamor that is inherent in Bollywood. I don’t recall an uproar when Indian actress Madhuri Dixit’s bindi was no longer a traditional one. Hindus accepted the evolution of this cultural symbol then. And, as the bindi makes it’s way to the foreheads of non-South Asians, we should accept — even celebrate — the continued evolution of this cultural symbol. Not only has it managed to transcend religion and class in a sea of one-billion brown faces, it will now adorn the faces of many more races. And that’s nothing short of amazing.
So, you won’t find this Hindu posting a flaming tweet accusing a white girl of #culturalappropriation. I will say that I’m glad you find this aspect of my culture beautiful. I do too."
Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Culture Appropriation
by Anjali Joshi
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A live action film was announced for the popular horror rpgmaker game Ao Oni, and the film is set to hit cinemas on July 5th.
The cast of the upcoming film features AKB48’s Iriyama Anna playing the female lead, as well as Suga Kenta, Jinnai Shou, Seiya, Furuhata Seika, and Ozeki Riku.
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A Connecticut teenager has forced McDonalds to finally address the casual sexism that has long been a part of Happy Meals.
This impressive narrative comes courtesy of Antonia Ayres-Brown, who first approached the fast food chain five years ago when she was barely a tween. She wanted to know why the chain automatically assumes a girl will want a doll-type toy while a boy will want something more stereotypically masculine, like an action hero. In December, she finally received an answer — from the chain’s corporate office, no less.
for the people complaining that this was some kind of “brony Conspiracy”
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****Please take just like thirty seconds of your time to read this****
Hi, my name is Ginger and I am a florida cosplayer. I recently did a female! Equius Zahhak cosplay at Megacon 2014 Florida this year. One big reason why I did this cosplay is because as a cosplayer, I wanted to do a cosplay where I was comfortable with my body. It was Sunday of the con and I didn’t really want to do something too difficult for costume but I also wanted to do this photoshoot with my beautifully talented moirail for this convention. When I got there, I lifted my chin and walked with confidence (as I would presume Equius would) Afterall he is a body building engineer. I honestly felt terrified. I dont have abs. I have stomach fat. and when I wasnt sucking in my gut and flexing in the picture, it was a lot for me to handle. I am a girl who constantly hides inside in cozy hoodies rather than wearing a sports bra and a pair of shorts, leaving my stomach, arms, and even soime of my legs completely exposed. I felt like I was being stared at because I am a woman. I am not a skinny girl, I am not an attractive girl, but I am a cosplayer … and I wasn’t about to let my own personal body scars and self consciousness ruin this cosplay for me. I wanted to be proud, flying my troll colors freely.
I actually ended up getting my picture taken by a couple of people and honestly each and every one was so nice to me and appreciated my cosplay so much. By the end of the day I had been remarked as a slut, and I had been given dirty looks for not only the outfit that I wore, but for the horns placed distinctly on my head. But I am proud to be a homestuck cosplayer and those select few people really made my day worth it for this cosplay.
Thank you Homestuck community. It may have only been 3 of you, but you all are my family and you supported me.
Thank you for helping me feel comfortable with my body.
This really touches me on a personal level and really makes me feel ecstatic to be in the Homestuck fandom. I only wish I was at Megacon this year to compliment you and encourage you further! Because really, you are a fantastic Equius! :DD
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