American Turban

The colonizer’s legacy

"Urban turban: A model displays a creation for the French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier." (Source: The Daily Mail)

“Urban turban: A model displays a creation for the French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier.” (Source: The Daily Mail)

On the website The Good Men Project, Jarune Uwujaren of Everyday Feminism considers the blurry distinction between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation, particularly as it relates to clothing and other practices (via @ghazalairshad):

This isn’t a matter of telling people what to wear. It’s a matter of telling people that they don’t wear things in a vacuum and there are many social and historical implications to treating marginalized cultures like costumes.

It’s also not a matter of ignoring “real” issues in favor of criticizing the missteps of a few hipsters, fashion magazines, or baseball teams.

Cultural appropriation is itself a real issue because it demonstrates the imbalance of power that still remains between cultures that have been colonized and the ex-colonizers.

It is a timely discussion in light of the recent incident involving the turban/beard costumes sold at major retailers promoting the terrorist stereotype, and of the trends around the turban in the fashion world.

Read more at The Good Men Project.

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