youneedacat:

karalianne:

yourfavisneuroatypical:

thegamingmuse:

astaraelweeps replied to your post: weepingrock asked:Anxiety disorde…

the wikipedia page for the word neurotypical pretty much says it exactly like that, the fact that the word came out of the autistic community means non-autistic people don’t get to decide how it gets used and defined and it’s not okay to appropriate

if that’s the case, then we as a group I think need a new word that defines all mental illnesses and disorders since I do not think it is okay to call people with mental illnesses neurotypical, because their experiences and their life is going to be changed and defined by being depressed or anxious and they aren’t going to live the way that an actual neurotypical person would

i do not want to be appropriative or speak over someone here.  but i definitely don’t feel comfortable saying that people with depression are neurotypical because it’s not the same experience at all.  

i could just change this blog to a new title?  something that included mental illnesses and neuroatypicality without bringing up all these questions about it?  though i’m not certain what just yet

wrong blog. oops.

Um. Maybe someone should ask sherlocksflataffect since they’re one of the people who came up with the word. I’m pretty sure they don’t think people who have anxiety or depression should be excluded.

And I do stand by my statement earlier that neurotransmitters that don’t work properly or aren’t being produced enough or are being over-produced count as being neuroatypical. Especially since half the reason why ADHD brains don’t work as expected is that our brains don’t use dopamine effectively or we simply don’t produce enough of it to begin with, and that makes our frontal lobes not work as expected. Like, neurotransmitters are implicated in ADHD. They aren’t everything to do with ADHD, but they are a huge part of it.

On top of that, studies have shown that severe depression actually does change how the brain works and some of the structures in the brain. So are those people neuroatypical but people who eventually recover from depression are neurotypical? That just seems like nit-picking to me and it’s not like you can tell who’s who just by looking at them anyway.

Also, autistic people have coined “allistic” to mean anyone who isn’t autistic, so I’m not sure why we need yet another word?

No they’re not one of the people who came up with the word.  They’re one of the people who came up with neurodivergent (a lot of us started using it at the same time, so I think it sort of was thought up by a lot of people simultaneously), but they did not come up with neurotypical, neurotypical was on the scene long before they were.

Anyway this is all a complete misuse of the word ‘appropriative’ and it’s really pissing me off.  Autistic people who don’t like the fact that ‘neurotypical’ means ‘neurologically typical’ and not just ‘nonautistic’, just have to deal with it, FFS.  They don’t get any special claim on the word.  Especially because none of the people who say these things, to my knowledge, were even around when they came up with the word.  I wasn’t even around when they came up with the word, and my involvement in the autistic community predates pretty much everyone here including the person who supposedly came up with the word (but, actually, didn’t).

Anyway, long story short I wish people wouldn’t trivialize appropriation by using the word ‘appropriative’ in contexts like this one.  Real appropriation involves things like having integral elements of your culture that outsiders can’t use, stolen by outsiders who have no right to it.  It’s a really horrible thing.  And this isn’t it.

As a Native American autistic, yeahhhhhh that ^ right there. This thread is a failboat.

bankuei:

medievalpoc:

I am a person of color, but I am not Black.

I need to take a moment to address this because, 99% of the hate mail I receive is directed at Black people very specifically, which is a lot of why I do not usually publish it. Because why bother to intercept a killing arrow if…

a mistaken assumption that anyone emotionally and/or intellectually invested in positive representation of Black people must be Black themselves”

If you ever wanted a simple example of how deep anti-Blackness goes, it’s the assumption that no one else (other than Black folks) could possibly care, or value Black people as human beings.

Which you’ll also notice in mainstream media, non-Black folks only talk about how bad things are for Black folks when they want:

a) Black people to vote/support something for their cause (“Outlaw abortion bc Black genocide!”)

b) when they’re trying to compare a different oppression to rally up outrage by non-Black people that they might be getting treated LIKE Black people. (“Taxes are Slavery!”).

Notice that neither of these cases are about actually doing anything to help or improve situations for Black folks, as opposed to using them as props to get something else.  

(Just as often, Black folks suffering is erased while being used to prop up another cause, for example all the queer violence/incarceration rates that magically ignore that the majority of folks this is happening to… are Black…)

^^^^^^ YES

lifeforliberation:

ai-yo:

culturalappropriationsnotcute:

catmaebo:

culturalappropriationsnotcute:

catmaebo:

One day, I will get this.

Please dont unless you earn one. They are sacred and have to be earned. They connote honor and bravery in battle

Yeah don’t give a fuck what you say. I like it and think it’s beautiful. IM going to get it and just have it, who are you to tell me what I can and can’t have. In not going to prance around in it.

Well at least youre honest about not giving a shit about Native people, their cultures, their history, or how appropriation is tied into centuries of genocide and racism

Wow that is really disgusting bitch just said “Fuck you and your culture whateva I do what I want”

Yes indeed. And they wonder why we hate them.

This bitch:

Meanwhile, actual Military Veterans:

Way to shit on the troops.

lifeforliberation:

ai-yo:

culturalappropriationsnotcute:

catmaebo:

culturalappropriationsnotcute:

catmaebo:

One day, I will get this.

Please dont unless you earn one. They are sacred and have to be earned. They connote honor and bravery in battle

Yeah don’t give a fuck what you say. I like it and think it’s beautiful. IM going to get it and just have it, who are you to tell me what I can and can’t have. In not going to prance around in it.

Well at least youre honest about not giving a shit about Native people, their cultures, their history, or how appropriation is tied into centuries of genocide and racism

Wow that is really disgusting bitch just said “Fuck you and your culture whateva I do what I want”

Yes indeed. And they wonder why we hate them.

This bitch:

Meanwhile, actual Military Veterans:

Way to shit on the troops.

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miseengarde:

white girls who want my culture’s bindis and saris and henna 

take my skin colour too

and my dark brown lips

take my self-hatred because i don’t fit into the euro-centric ideals of beauty

take the oppression too

take the history of colonization that has devastated my country

and the drones that currently devastate my country

take all the bad stuff too

not just the pretty, shiny, sparky bits

take the ugly, dehumanizing and shitty parts too

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jumpingjacktrash:

scloutier:

dharmagun:

mirkwood:

vampirefinch:

girljanitor:

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One thing I’ve noticed that’s an interesting note of cultural differences within America is the gendering of hairstyles. I’ve included variations above of the two-braids hairstyle that, where I come from, is a common male hairstyle.

I’ve included two pictures of Snoop Dogg, who is probably for most people the most famous wearer of this hairstyle in a national/international context. Snoop of course is a bit of a dandy, with the signature long hair that’s obviously pampered and well-cared for. An important note: Snoop is from the LA area, specifically Long Beach, which is also my birthplace and hometown.

I’ve also included a photo of Willie Nelson, who’s rather famous for appropriating the two-braids hairstyle, which is generally considered to be the domain specifically of men of color. The braids are most popular among men of indigenous, mestizo, or Mexican descent, including young Black men.

For young Black men who do not perm their hair, the cornrow-braids hairstyle is a bit more common; six cornrowed braids that are then braided again at the base of the neck into two braids instead of hanging free.

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Additionally, being a male and having your hair prepared in this style gives another message: that there is a woman who cares for you enough to take care of your hair like this, whether a mother, grandmother, aunt, wife, sister, or girlfriend. It can have the connotation of being spoiled, como “trenzcito” which means “little braid(ed boy)”; it adds a connotation of “baby boy” or “youngest son”.

Two instances of culture clash: when I first moved up north, I commonly fixed my hair in two long braids, which were almost waist length. In Cali, this is a “butch” hairstyle, or at least kinda gender-neutral. I got so many (sexist AND racist) comments about it, especially at work, that I ended up cutting my hair off an inch or two from my scalp.

Another is my ex-husband had very long hair, which I used to carefully and lovingly braid for him as part of my marianisma duties: a single long braid, the double-braid-in-one style pictured above, two sleek braids parted in the middle, and on special occasions, box braids. In contrast, my (white) partner now really doesn’t like me to do anything to his hair at all; he considers it to be kinda feminizing and/or something only to be done in private. I always end up feeling vaguely offended and rejected, but I just have to remind myself that it’s honestly a cultural difference, and that his lack of braids doesn’t reflect poorly on my care for him.

It’s really kind of funny if you think about it. I’m always imagining people see my unbraided partner at work and their pity upon him for being so unloved, before I remember this is the north and no one thinks that here. Still, it doesn’t stop me from wanting to yell, “make sure they know that I LOVE you!” every day when he leaves for work.

Reblogging from the queue because this is one of my favorite posts of all time.

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that is one of the most fascinating things i ever read. thanks, OP

Didn’t want to lose this fascinating insight.

this is interesting stuff.

i do take issue with the assertion that willie nelson ‘appropriated’ the hairstyle. it’s not ceremonial or culture-specific or ‘earned’ in some way, any more than a mohawk or a mandarin mustache or a scandinavian braid crown. let’s not perpetuate the trend of watering down the word ‘appropriation’ until it loses all meaning.

HUH. It’s funny you would include “Mohawk” under “things that somehow magically can’t be appropriated” considering what I’m about to lay the fuck on you. It’s interesting how you feel entitled to make a fucking LIST of shit that can and can’t be appropriated.

From Indian Country Diaries:

When they got to Carlisle, the students were extremely homesick. Their long hair was cut. One boarding school student, Lone Wolf of the Blackfoot tribe, remembered:

"[Long hair] was the pride of all Indians. The boys, one by one, would break down and cry when they saw their braids thrown on the floor. All of the buckskin clothes had to go and we had to put on the clothes of the White Man. If we thought the days were bad, the nights were much worse. This is when the loneliness set in, for it was when we knew that we were all alone. Many boys ran away from the school because the treatment was so bad, but most of them were caught and brought back by the police.”

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The students were thrown into a military style regimentation of classes and activities. They were up at the call of a bugle at 5:45 a.m. with exercise and military drills following. Breakfast was at 6:45. Industrial work began at 8:00 and formal school at 9:00. After lunch there was more industrial work and school with lectures into the evening. There was less than an hour of free time during each day, and the students were in bed at 9:00 p.m.

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Students were prohibited from speaking their native languages. Instead, they were supposed to converse and even think in English. If they were caught “speaking Indian” they were severely beaten with a leather belt.

Students were taught to hate who they were born to be. Ojibwe student Merta Bercier wrote:

Did I want to be an Indian? After looking at the pictures of the Indians on the warpath — fighting, scalping women and children, and Oh! Such ugly faces. No! Indians were mean people — I’m glad I’m not an Indian, I thought.”

Between 1880 and 1902, 25 off-reservation boarding schools were built and 20,000 to 30,000 Native American children went through the system. That was roughly 10 percent of the total Indian population in 1900.

This extended to adult males living on reservations in 1902’s “haircut” order:

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"Kill The Indian, Save the Man"

"Kill The Indian, Save the Man"

"Kill The Indian, Save the Man"

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“Kill the Indian, and Save the Man”: Capt. Richard H. Pratt on the Education of Native Americans:


A great general has said that the only good Indian is a dead one, and that high sanction of his destruction has been an enormous factor in promoting Indian massacres. In a sense, I agree with the sentiment, but only in this: that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.

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rnylesbiansensesaretingling:

filthypolak:

wackyshenanigans:

lord-kitschener:

hahahaha remember that time when Tumblr was mad at Seth Macfarlane for like 3 minutes for his awards show routine, but Dita von Teese endures as the demonic face of racism, colonialism, white privilege, and cultural appropriation because she wore a sari that she had been invited to wear by an Indian designer?

haha it’s almost like tumblr has a raging double standard or something

In fairness, people are still mad at Seth MacFarlane, they just bang on about it less,

I heard a lot about Seth Macfarlane but I never even heard of Dita von Teese until I read this post

same

i’ve been hearing about seth macfarlane for a while now, literally just learning about dita von teese with this post

I posted about Von Teese’s racist yellowface shitshows like a year ago

And then there’s the the sari/bindi issue

And then of course there’s Seth McFarlane, who seems to think that lazy, tired-ass fucking humor made out of recycled stereotypes that only appeals to white d00ds is “edgy”. This OP strikes me more as “We should leave her alone” more than “they’re both bad and we should talk about both”.

I don’t know, I don’t get it at all. Put them both into the garbage where they belong.

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yourpanicpixienightmare:

crackerhell:

yourpanicpixienightmare:

I really want to have a conversation going about whether the use of other POC cultures and clothes in fiction would be considered as cultural appropriation. And the possible ways you can portray POC culture without appropriating from them.

I want to write a story which has a historical setting within a multicultural communities and has deities, god from POC cultures. The only culture I feel comfortable using in my story is desi culture as I’m desi myself and even then I feel comfortable portraying south indian/sri lankan culture since that is the one I’m most familiar with and grew up with. I don’t feel like I’m appropriating my own culture when I use aspects of it in my fiction but the same can’t be said for other POC cultures.

So yeah I want to have this conversation….

Edit: I should probably add that I don’t plan on using any religious figures from POC cultures and plan on making up gods and deities (they won’t be assigned to a particular group of POC either) as I don’t want to offend or disrespect anyone’s religion by doing that.

Honestly I would encourage something like this for my own cultures, but anti-Blackness and the fight to say that Black ppl appropriate everything while no one appropriates from Black people also makes me want to take my toys and go home.

Yeah, that’s why I feel even within a modern settings it’s way too easy to appropriate Black culture and I want to be mindful of that.

One option would be to create entirely new cultures and clothes for different ethnic groups but that comes at the price of erasing the cultures of POC which is also problematic. 

Actually, I thought N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood series was a good example of toeing the line you’re discussing.

It’s evocative of Egypt and regional north Africa without being based on it; the magic systems and cultural constructions are like 85-90% whole cloth. Now, not being Egyptian or North African, I can’t really say definitively whether that is true. My opinion here is based on being Native American and being a lifelong fantasy fiction fan, North American NDN is one of the more favorite areas for gross writers to plunder with great injustice.

otipemisiwak:

Last month, a 19-year-old Native American high school student at J B Pennington High School in Blountsville, Alabama was told he couldn’t wear an eagle feather if he wanted to graduate. When Sky Walkingstick, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, explained it was a demonstration of his beliefs protected under federal law, he was still told by Assistant Principal Steven Bryson, a former history teacher, and another instructor, William Smitherman, who teaches government, economics and 9th grade history, to remove it.

“I was just starting the graduation ceremony and I had my eagle feather in my cap, it was hanging from the tassel. I was walking towards Mr. Smitherman he saw my eagle feather and stopped me. He started shaking his head no. He said you cannot wear that during the graduation,” said Walkingstick.

“I asked him why not and he said, ‘you just can’t.”

Walkingstick, who has been a men’s traditional dancer since age 5 and a fancy dancer for about a year says the eagle feather is part of his heritage, his religious beliefs and achievements. He said he tried to explain that the wearing of a feather was also protected, but he was shut down.

“I started to get upset and tear up, but I held it in. I put my eagle feather back in my car. When I came back Mr. Smitherman and Mr. Bryson told me again,” said Walkingstick.

Walkingstick was surprised two educators with backgrounds in teaching history and government aren’t aware of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Walkingstick complied during the May 23 graduation ceremony, even though he didn’t want to. “I didn’t want any trouble nor did I want to cause a ruckus… I went ahead with graduation with my feather in my heart and my head held high.”

His mother, Hollye Walkingstick, was frustrated by the situation. “You would think of all people, that history teacher would be more aware. It made me very mad,” she said.

“I asked Mr. Bryson ‘can you tell me why he can’t wear it?’ He said, ‘the main reason is that all of the kids are required to look the same. I told him there was no dress code the kids had to sign and no one was told they had to wear certain things. I told him you would not tell a Christian person to remove their cross or a Jewish person to remove their Star of David. And I can guarantee you that if you had a Muslim child in your school you would not tell her to remove her head covering. You could not do that by law.”

She explained that Sky respected Bryson’s wishes because he is an elder and the assistant principal. “But this is a school, you could turn this into a real teaching opportunity,” Hollye told Bryson.

Hollye said she and the teachers argued that other students—honor students—wore adornments in their tassels. She also said the school accepts funding for having minority students, but doesn’t support their beliefs.

“My daughter asked Mr. Bryson if he understood what the eagle feather meant and he said ‘Oh yeah, I know you all smoke peace pipes and what you smoke in them.’ This is a former history teacher who is now the vice principal and the history teacher was standing right next to him,” Hollye said. “This is unreal to me.”

J.B. Pennington High School principal Brian Kirk said the school has no comment on the issue and referred ICTMN to the Blount County Board of Education Superintendent Jim Carr, who has not returned several calls.

This isn’t the first time a graduating senior has taken flack for wearing an eagle feather at graduation from an Alabama school. Chelsey Ramer, a Poarch Creek Band of Indians student who recently graduated from Escambia Academy in Atmore, Alabama faced a similar situation. She did wear her feather though and nearly had to pay a copy,000 fine for doing so. (Related story: “Poarch Creek Student Not Required to Pay Fine, Receives Diploma)

THIS IS WHY YOUR FILTHY FAKE WAR BONNET IS NOT OKAY, WHITE PEOPLE.

While you’re playing your racist games, the people whose culture you claim to be “appreciating” ARE PENALIZED FOR PRACTICING IT.

This kid was denied expression of his culture:

while you’re running around looking like a nasty mess:

HOW DO YOU EVEN BEGIN TO JUSTIFY YOUR SHIT?

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"White people in America are a trip… they exterminate the Native American and then try to dress just like them. What kind of necrophilia is that?"

A Huey P. Newton Story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j19WrVx-kS8

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No but seriously…it’s weird….

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mariavontraphouse:

princessneeshydoomcuddles:

tashabilities:

When I tell you white folks are trying to take over ALL our shit, Including the language that they call us ‘ghetto’ and ‘ignorant’ for using? And they sellin it on teeshirts like a white woman would come up with that phrasing. AAVE is the same language they penalize us for using, denying us opportunities and resources, calling us ignorant, But they put it on a shirt with a BLONDE bitch and SELL IT? I feel kicked in the chest. 

WHITE PPL YOU NEED TO STOP

This is why don’t no body fucking like you white people

*barfing forever*

mariavontraphouse:

princessneeshydoomcuddles:

tashabilities:

When I tell you white folks are trying to take over ALL our shit, 

Including the language that they call us ‘ghetto’ and ‘ignorant’ for using? 

And they sellin it on teeshirts like a white woman would come up with that phrasing. 

AAVE is the same language they penalize us for using, denying us opportunities and resources, calling us ignorant,

But they put it on a shirt with a BLONDE bitch and SELL IT?

I feel kicked in the chest. 


WHITE PPL YOU NEED TO STOP

This is why don’t no body fucking like you white people

*barfing forever*