cultural appropriation

Craving the Other: One woman's beef with cultural appropriation and food

For a long time, Vietnamese food made me uncomfortable. It was brothy, weirdly fishy, and full of the gross animal parts that other people didn’t seem to want. It was too complicated. I wanted the straightforward, prefabricated snacks that I saw on television: Bagel Bites, Pop-Tarts, chicken... Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s what’s on our radar today! • Chicago Public Schools have mandated sex education for kindergarten students. For 30 minutes per... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Disney's Grab for Dia de Los Muertos and Half-Assed Apology

Oh, Disney.  We don’t always want to hate on you. Sometimes we even debate whether your princesses have gotten better over the... Read more »

Cheering On Project Runway's Native Designer Patricia Michaels

This season Project Runway welcomed its first-ever Native American designer, textile artist Patricia Michaels. The show raps up tonight and the Taos, New Mexico designer is one of the... Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

  Rise and shine! It’s time to check out some of our favorite recent reads and wish a happy birthday to Dolores Huerta! Did you see that Miley Cyrus video and her quest... Read more »

Trick or Treat or STOP IT WITH THE OFFENSIVE COSTUMES ALREADY: What Not to Be For Halloween

Like a pap smear or tax season, it happens every year: People wear racist and sexist costumes on Halloween. Hell, maybe you’ve done it yourself! You didn’t know what to be for that one party so you jammed some feathers in a headband and... Read more »

Don't Mess Up When You Dress Up: Cultural Appropriation and Costumes

Halloween is a notorious time for offensive outfits. If you’re still not sure what your costume is going to be this year, make sure you don’t go the culturally appropriative route. Dressing up as “another culture,” is racist, and an act of privilege. Fortunately, thanks to some college... Read more »

B-Sides: Extra Classic and the Vampire Weekend Theory of Appropriation

So it goes like this: “[your favorite music blogger]: Readers, please check out Band A. Band A hails from Culture A (represent!) but sounds exactly like underrepresented Culture B. Like, can you believe your ears, doesn’t it sound like Band A just sounds like all of these bands from Culture... Read more »

Preacher's Daughter: Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, Homage or Cultural Appropriation?

Don’t Explain, a collaborative effort between blues revivalists Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa, hit stores yesterday. It features a range of... Read more »

Push(back) at the Intersections: Hello, Appropriation!

Appropriation is often done in the name of a supposedly greater cause. Those in power tell us that we should wait our turn. They are working on extending a helping hand, it’s OK for them to speak for us, because they need to speak for us to help us achieve liberation. Even speaking up about... Read more »