Fashion, Misogyny, Dreadlocks & Cultural Appropriation

Two fashion shows, two reactions. In the first, people were dazzled¹. In the second, people were outraged². In both shows it involved things on the heads of ‘white‘ women that were the focus of either dazzlement or outrage. When you are using a cultural item as a fashion accessory associated with Islamic misogyny, it’s super-OK. When you are using a cultural item as a fashion accessory associated with black people, it’s definitely not super-OK.

I’m sure first-year college students taking newly-ordained social-justice bachelor’s degrees can regurgitate the ‘why‘ behind this, but for most sane people it is usually best to avoid schizophrenic debate as well as arguing with idiots. And in a very practical sense, doesn’t this just reinforce that we are just being played?

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¹ BBC, Saira Asher; ‘The moment hijabs dazzled the New York Fashion Week catwalk
² NY Daily News, Nicole Bitette; ‘Marc Jacobs blasted for cultural appropriation after sending models down the runway with fake dreadlocks

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