“The next time you see a flower growing by the curb, consider this: Paul Harfleet has planted 10,000 flowers in different cities around the world, but not because he’s just into random urban beautification. Each bloom marks a homophobic attack.”
If you haven’t heard yet, Selena Gomez wore a bindi with her costume on the MTV music awards. And to Ellen. And then again to Dancing With The Stars.
“Selena Gomez is being criticized as culturally insensitive after she donned a Hindu religious ornament during a recent performance. The bindi has landed Gomez in hot water with Hindu leaders at the Universal Society of Hinduism who want her to apologize for wearing the religious adornment.”
Yes, it is a religious symbol. But, no, that does not mean that Hindus who understand the meaning of the bindi need to be at a religious ceremony to wear one. The bindi is both a cultural and religious symbol.
Analogy time. Any of my Muslim sisters out there who wear hijab on the regular? Of course you know there are many different fabrics, designs, colors, and embroidery for different occasions/events. Same goes for the bindi. This does not negate or diminish the significance of the bindi or hijab.
For those who understand the significance of the bindi, which is not simply understood by skimming a Wikipedia post, there are subtle nuances to what kind of bindi an older, married woman may wear to an arangetram and what kind of bindi a teenager may wear to a puja. Oh, did I lose you there? Please let that be your signal that you probably shouldn’t be wearing a bindi.
YOU WOULDN’T WEAR A NATIVE AMERICAN HEADDRESS- WOULD YOU!?
(If you do not identify as native american please, say no.)
This article put a bee in my bonnet
This one was lukewarm at best
“I always say the line where an homage becomes a really shitty cultural appropriation is when they use religious symbols. So moccasin, ok; war bonnet, hell no. Sari, ok; bindi, hell no. Come on people, it is not that hard.”
(My jury is still out on this user comment, though I’m leaning towards no.)
But this one made it ALL BETTER 🙂 #goldilocks
Oh, and this one.
“And this consumer culture of consuming other cultures is not confined within the boundaries of the West.”
“My utopia – I live in Anchorage so we see a lot of glassy-eyed utopian seekers coming once the snow melts and that will be coming soon. But for us up here, there’s nothing like the darkness of winter to encourage you to seek the utopia. And for many up here, it’s Hawaii, of course, and there are many pilgrimages. But also living up in Alaska, politically, a lot of us progressives seek political utopia and so for me, where I grew up in San Francisco is that. And then also, culturally utopias like TALK OF THE NATION is a place that a lot of us find on a daily basis.”
Definitely worth a listen.
From Talk of the Nation- NPR.
“We need to talk about Gosnell — even though the charges against him are worse than nightmarish, even though the story is ammunition for antis, even though it’s Friday afternoon and we’d rather be giggling over puppy photos — because this is what happens when it’s next-to-impossible for women in low-income areas to get a legal abortion.”
“When I have cravings, I usually get them filled at Collingswood’s Woksabi, where I can get what I believe is the world’s best wasabi shumai, and, according to a friend who has traveled extensively in China, the world’s best Pad Thai.”
#1. Since when are the Chinese experts on Thai food?
#2. I’ve been meaning to try Woksabi and will now be doing so.
Zavino is hella overpriced for what it’s worth.
Just go to Bertucci’s and add roasted whole garlic to any pizza.
Tastes like $8.50/slice.
Hey ya’ll 🙂
My name is Sonalee. I am a 2nd generation, Indian American feminist in my mid-twenties based out of Philadelphia. Second generation means I am a U.S.-born child of at least one foreign-born parent.
To give you some background: My BA is in environmental studies and geography & urban studies. I am currently studying social work and human sexuality and working towards my Masters. This blog should teeter between all things intersectional, like feminism, race, sexuality, fat activism, and Ind-Amr topics.
How I define myself: I am a woman identified woman. Being a woman-identified-woman means I (1) prioritize women relating to women and (2) help to create a new consciousness for women to relate to women as integral parts of the Cultural Revolution and women’s lib. I am an activist above all else. This includes and is not limited to fat activism, reproductive justice, or dispelling the C in ABCD. Second gen’s know what I’m saying.
What is my mission: I created this blog because I have a lot of questions, and as an Indian American feminist and I don’t see many blogs directed primarily at the issues I face. For example, my partner is black and I would like to hear about other Blindian relationships and your personal experiences on race politics. I am one of those millennials who consumes media selectively. I pick and choose what and how I consume. I’m also very interested in media literacy and feminist movie reviews.
Atmospheric goal: Imagine this sign hanging above my blog like a sign on a door. “KEEP IN MIND that we are a pro-woman, queer friendly space that’s open to people of all ages, skin colors, and social classes. In sharing this space please be conscious of the things you say and do. <3”
Blog Handle Inspiration: In January, I signed up for multiple friends’ 2013 Craft Pay It Forward. Needless to say, I started a pinterest and have been crafting like an unhinged ex-AC Moore employee ever since. Have you ever played with Mod Podge- the crafting glue that makes decoupage uber easy? If not, then you are either not on pinterest or have found that recipe on pinterest to make your own cheaper version. If so, this describes the intersectionality and layering and contradictions of my own personal brand of feminism. You’ll see what I mean-
Welcome to my personal space 🙂
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