It’s also hard bc, what if nipple piercing grew organically out of bdsm culture? it has its own marginalizations/its cultural practices are just as valid etc.etc. I hope that doesn’t sound apologism-y. (also supes glad we’re talking about this!)
Right? I’m positive they grew in popularity from bdsm. I still haven’t found any sources on what the original purposes were for them, which would give a better understanding of it this is cultural appropriation or not. If in fact they were just a fun way to increase sensitivity, and the colonizers picked up on that & spread it around, then its not too bad. Because clearly that’s the purpose the piercing serves for the bdsm community & most of the people who get them today
I got them because i heard they make your nipples more sensitive…never thought about appropriation though.
& see, this is the trouble with cultural appropriation. It gets so ingrained in maintstream culture that people don’t question where it came from. I didn’t even think about it until I got that ask.
I just quick wiki’d the history of nipple piercings:
The perforation of the nipple to apply jewelry has been practiced by various people throughout history. Male nipple piercing was reported to be done by theKarankawa Native Americans, female nipple piercing is practiced by the Kabyle people in Algeria.
Nipple-piercing was a fashion statement dating back to the 14th century and having a short-lived revival among society women during the Victorian period around 1890. However, the historian Lesley Hall has commented that these claims might be traced back to a few letters published in the magazineSociety during 1899, which can be judged as erotic fantasies rather than descriptions of actual activity.
In the late 1970s, the practice was revived again by Jim Ward and gained foothold in gayBDSM and leather subcultures. The mainstream popularity of the practice is partly due to celebrities who publicly displayed their piercings or confessed to have one in the 1990s, such as Tommy Lee, Corey Taylor and Lenny Kravitz. Nipple piercing has gained much popularity in recent years with many celebrities and fashion models having this type of piercing.
So it looks like its been appropriated several times over history, which is where the meanings have been changed and we all have accepted each new distorted symbolism.
I don’t know, is anyone of the original cultures offended by this appropriation? If they were, I would say its an issue. But it might be so far ingrained that its kind of accepted now (like moccasins, you know we’ve all given up on that fight)
(totally just sent OP basically this exact same message for clarify. I know some body mod [k a lot of body mod] can be appropriation, but I’ve never heard it about nipples. BUT I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING!)
Right? I know most body mods are serious offenders of cultural appropriation, so I wouldn’t be surprised if nipple piercings were too, but I have absolutely no idea. I think the first step would be identifying the cultures that originally used them, and then find out what purpose they served. I think they currently are mainly aesthetic/sexual accessories, so depending on their original meaning it could very well be appropriation
My mom and I are both wearing big gray sweatshirts, dark jeans, and beat up old scuffs, & keep saying the same things at the same time lol.
We just took my grandma out to Red Lobster since its the anniversary of my grandpa passing. Can’t believe its been 4 leap years now =/
My grandma couldn’t stop playing with her lobster tail, and tried to put it in her leftovers. Gross, I just can’t stand sea critters. Tumbling from the backseat, trying not to puke from the buttery carcass stank lol
hi there, so I read your comment. That photo was for an art project self portrait. I didn't quite understand the racism comment, but I would like to hear and listen to your reasoning behind it. I don't know very much of what's going on in regards to the native people because society keeps it quite hushed up. Cordially, bare-yoursoul
Hello there bare-yoursoul, I appreciate your interest. I have a couple of questions for you:
If it was a self portrait, why did you choose to wear a warbonnet, when you are not actively involved or even aware of Native culture & issues?
How did that reflect & represent who you are for this self portrait?
What you were wearing is part of Cultural Appropriation. I have written a ton on this, as well as many others, here on tumblr. I have an entire page dedicated to it
Here are also some links on what Cultural Appropration is, and how it is harmful
“THE PROBLEM WITH CULTURAL APPROPRIATION IS THAT IT REPLACES THE ORIGINAL WITH A COPY CREATED BY THE DOMINANT CULTURE. IT DILUTES THE ORIGINAL, REMOVES ALL SYMBOLIC VALUE FROM IT AND REPLACES IT WITH A READY TO CONSUME PRODUCT DEVOID OF CONTEXT AND MEANING.
CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, AT ITS MOST EXTREME, IS A VIOLENT FORM OF COLONIZATION BECAUSE IT REMOVES THE ORIGINAL GROUP BEHIND THE CULTURE AND REINFORCES STEREOTYPES ABOUT THAT GROUP (I.E. ALL FIRST NATION FOLKS ARE REDUCED TO “WAR BONNETS”, WHETHER THEIR CULTURE USES THEM OR NOT… THE MECHANISM OF COMMODIFYING A CULTURE ENDS UP BEING A TOOL TO RE-INFORCE [SIC] RACISM AS IT REDUCES THE PEOPLE BEHIND THOSE CULTURES TO A MERE CARTOON LIKE REPRESENTATION OF THEIR REALITIES. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO ULTIMATELY OTHER AND OBJECTIFY ENTIRE GROUPS OF PEOPLE BY TAKING SOMETHING THAT IS DYNAMIC AND EVER EVOLVING AND FREEZING IT FOR A MARKETING PHOTO OPPORTUNITY.”
In response to the Wisconsin legislature’s proposal to establish a wolf hunting and trapping season, GLIFWC Executive Administrator James Zorn made clear that Ojibwe tribes in the Wisconsin ceded territory oppose the public harvest of the animal known as ma’iingan. Wolves are a significant species in traditional Ojibwe teachings, considered educators and brothers to the Anishinaabe people. See Zorn’s written testimony on Senate Bill 411 through the link above.
well duh i know that lol but whyyy would you write one lol. i just dont get into fanfics idk idk
Haha when I was like 12 I used to write them, and then frickin tumblr brought me back to reading them this past week. I was really disappointed that there were no good Daryl/Carol stuff, so I think it would be fun to write one lol. I was also reading beauty & the beast fanfics, might write a belle/gaston one lmfao
But for real, I haven’t worked on any of my serious writing in forever, so I’m hoping writing some fanfics will get me working on my real stuff too
I had trouble falling asleep last, so I read some fanfics. There was only 1 that I read that even came close to what I was looking for…which made me think I should write my own lol. Ohh the things I have the time to do lately. Like this if you’d read it? lmfao