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"This White Feminist Loved Her Dreadlocks - Here’s Why She Cut Them Off"

JustVJustV Community Manager Posts: 5,238 Part of The Furniture
Hey all,

A friend of mine came across this article last night and we had a pretty sizable discussion about it, as well as the wider notions behind what's being said.

For anyone not for the life of reading through a fairly long article, it's written by a young white woman who grew dreadlocks to help free herself of the societal pressures of womanhood, and then the reasons why she decided she needed to cut them off - the offence and disrespect she feels is caused by adopting dreadlocks without consideration of their cultural roots (for anyone who isn't aware, dreadlocks were a symbol of defying white supremacy - a "stick it" to slavery, apartheid, etc.).

The main underlying notion to this piece is that there is potential unseen harm and offence caused by cultural appropriation (the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture).

Keen to know what you guys think - feel free to post any thoughts, feelings, or counter arguments below. :yes:
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Comments

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    It's like someone took all the virtue signalling and identity politics buzzwords and rolled them up in one article:

    1) cultural appropriation - check
    2) cis-gendered - check
    3) white guilt - check
    4) white privilege - check
    5) female body self-loathing - check

    Politics is a horseshoe: the far right and far left meet at the ends. Make no mistake folks, this is the totalitarian left coming for you. They want to control your words and your thoughts. Their currency is the unsolicited taking of offence on behalf of other people who never asked for it. Next thing you know intimidating black women will be coming at small white dudes with scissors on campuses...
  • SkiveSkive Posts: 15,281 Skive's The Limit
    What a load of crap.

    Not washing or cutting your hair is not cultural appropriation.
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