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Can someone please explain to me what the idea of cultural appropriation is and why it is a problem? Really just not getting it at the moment and would like to be a little more educated or have a conversation about it.Cultural appropriation is the misrepresentation, misuse, and/or decontextualization of traditions from already marginalized/oppressed groups. It’s a concept from the social sciences, particularly anthropology, is researched quite extensively and specifically describes a harmful/exploitative colonialist power dynamic. It reinforces stereotypes, Eurocentric beauty standards, racist colonial/imperial power dynamics, and in many cases can be a form of visual/symbolic dehumanization and is a step in committing genocide against a group of people.
just wanted to add that a major component of cultural appropriation and orientalism that i often see left out is the political economy surrounding these actions. in other words, the ways in which the people from the original culture become relegated to the roles of sweatshop laborers, or even removed entirely (e.g. westerners actually creating “asian-inspired” objects, rather than purchasing from asian people), is a form of exploitation that transforms an object that is rich with cultural signification into a mere commodity. by extension, this can even be seen as commodifying entire cultures and peoples.