Offensive costumes on Eden

Do emu Do emu
Sexy in the Desert
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Does anyone find this costume offensive? I think it's a tacky example of cultural appropriation. When Halloween comes around I really hope I don't come across anyone with a costume like this. It's bad enough to find people wearing costumes that are supposed to mimic Native American traditional clothes, which most of the time are historically inaccurate and don't even represent the right tribe. Am I just being too sensitive?
07/23/2012
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leanright69 leanright69
I grew up watching hte Sinbad movines from the sixties. The harium look was hot then and it is now.
07/23/2012
spookycutie spookycutie
I get what you mean, but I'm not really too bothered...plenty of Halloween costumes are cheesy or tacky.
07/23/2012
Woman China Woman China
You are entitled to your feelings in this kind of matter.

At least that is my opinion.

I know there are members on here who find anal sex offensive, premarital sex offensive, bdsm and many other things as well. It's just we all visit here and need to remember all people have their own fantasies that the share with their partners or friends.

Heck, when I see school girl costumes or teacher costumes I find it funny because that is not what I wore or wear to school as a teacher. It's all about the fantasy.

I know I've had fantasies of a desert maiden dressed similar to this in boots and I'm straight! But oh that fantasy is fun!
07/23/2012
digit88 digit88
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Originally posted by Do emu
Does anyone find this costume offensive? I think it's a tacky example of cultural appropriation. When Halloween comes around I really hope I don't come across anyone with a costume like this. It's bad enough to find people wearing ... More
I see where you are coming from and it does look a little tacky
07/23/2012
Beck Beck
I did first think it might be offensive to others, but it's not to me personally. However; I can see Nurse costumes, school girls, bunny costumes, maids, and all the other ones being offensive to someone who takes it that way. No costume is anymore offensive then the next one.
07/23/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
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Originally posted by Beck
I did first think it might be offensive to others, but it's not to me personally. However; I can see Nurse costumes, school girls, bunny costumes, maids, and all the other ones being offensive to someone who takes it that way. No costume is ... More
This. It's all in how you choose to take it. One can choose to be offended or not be. I usually choose not to be as it makes my life less stressful.
07/23/2012
Ansley Ansley
I agree with Beck and Kira, you can choose to be offended or you can see the playful side of it.
07/23/2012
Kissy Kissy
I don't think it is offensive, yet I would NEVER wear it... so I just choose to avoid it?
07/23/2012
spunkmonkey spunkmonkey
I think its ugly, but that's about it.
07/23/2012
Various Various
When I saw it I thought it could be taken as offensive, but I was no personally offended by it. I do think each person is entitled to their feelings though.
07/23/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
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Originally posted by Do emu
Does anyone find this costume offensive? I think it's a tacky example of cultural appropriation. When Halloween comes around I really hope I don't come across anyone with a costume like this. It's bad enough to find people wearing ... More
It's based on a dance costume. I really don't see how that can be considered offensive unless you would consider a leotard, tutu, and ballet flats offensive as well.

I talked about the origins of this style in my review for Sexy in the Desert and in an earlier thread.
07/23/2012
Gettinmymojoback Gettinmymojoback
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Originally posted by Do emu
Does anyone find this costume offensive? I think it's a tacky example of cultural appropriation. When Halloween comes around I really hope I don't come across anyone with a costume like this. It's bad enough to find people wearing ... More
kinda hot! i love all costumes, just gotta take em at face value!
07/23/2012
humblepie humblepie
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Originally posted by Petite Valentine
It's based on a dance costume. I really don't see how that can be considered offensive unless you would consider a leotard, tutu, and ballet flats offensive as well.

I talked about the origins of this style in my review for Sexy in the ... More
I remember reading that review! As I'm not familiar with dance costumes, it was super informative. After looking around a bit, I realized that I'd seen similar (but far from identical) dance and formal outfits that family members had brought back from north Africa and the Middle East.

Also, Aratal, I have to say that I don't know anyone outside of tumblr who even knows what cultural appropriation is. It's just not generally recognized as a problem unless it is clearly offensive (for instance, I doubt anyone would claim blackface is a way of positively embracing Black culture), and is even seen as positive, as it is a way of recognizing and promoting mild parts of other cultures and customs and integrating them into our lives. I'm not saying that I disagree with you on whether or not appropriation is acceptable, but that this might not be the best community to seek support for your views.
07/23/2012
Mikemanz Mikemanz
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Originally posted by Do emu
Does anyone find this costume offensive? I think it's a tacky example of cultural appropriation. When Halloween comes around I really hope I don't come across anyone with a costume like this. It's bad enough to find people wearing ... More
hmmm...you may be too sensitive. jus' a costume. of course no one is making "balding, middle aged white guy" costumes, so I'm not sure how I'd feel
07/23/2012
nosrslylol nosrslylol
I really have no clue. If it's cultural appropriation it may be offensive, but I don't know what it's based off of.
07/23/2012
Do emu Do emu
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Originally posted by humblepie
I remember reading that review! As I'm not familiar with dance costumes, it was super informative. After looking around a bit, I realized that I'd seen similar (but far from identical) dance and formal outfits that family members had brought ... More
I figured as much. I guess I'm too tied up in my Tumblr world to get support outside of that community, haha. Having a talk with my mom about why dressing up as a Native American is offensive was pretty difficult to get across. I can understand people wanting to promote other cultures, but it's the tendency to pick and choose and exploit certain parts and ignoring the whole that bothers me. It just feels like objectification to me.
07/24/2012
GONE! GONE!
I thought it was really tacky until I saw it in the context of dancing costumes. Then I was just like "Oh."
07/24/2012
KrissyNovacaine KrissyNovacaine
I can see how you feel that way, but costumes are always offensive in one way or another when they are mass marketed for women. If it isn't culturally, then they are often sexist.
07/24/2012
humblepie humblepie
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Originally posted by Do emu
I figured as much. I guess I'm too tied up in my Tumblr world to get support outside of that community, haha. Having a talk with my mom about why dressing up as a Native American is offensive was pretty difficult to get across. I can understand ... More
Yeah, tumblr is a weird cocktail of support and negativity. I've learned a lot from some users there, such as the whole cultural appropriation thing, but when the space is shared by 'trans-ethnic' individuals? It's confusing! I have to be careful to take everything with a grain of salt.

It is a difficult topic to get across, because certainly cultures shouldn't completely isolate themselves! Respect just needs to be a big part when 'borrowing' or learning more about other countries or ethnicities and their traditions. Usually I cut IRL people some slack unless it's clear they're being offensive on purpose.
07/24/2012
LadyDarknezz LadyDarknezz
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Originally posted by Do emu
I figured as much. I guess I'm too tied up in my Tumblr world to get support outside of that community, haha. Having a talk with my mom about why dressing up as a Native American is offensive was pretty difficult to get across. I can understand ... More
I guess you and I are two peas in a pod lol. Sometimes I just try to sit back and be quiet since I don't like feeling like the odd one out, but I know I am quite often. I actually was offended by it when I first saw it, but I just didn't say anything about it.

Just know that I agree with you 100%.
07/24/2012
Jimenko Jimenko
I could see how some people could find it offensive, but I don't think it's anymore offensive then the sexy nun outfits.
07/24/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
I can understand offense when cultural appropriation desecrates something religious, or mocks a culture or puts it in a negative light. But to tell someone hands-off just because it's not their cultural heritage? No, I don't believe in that.

Cultural assimilation is a natural part of human development, and as the speed of information increases, so does the speed of assimilation — in both directions. Looking at a recent ME music video, there are clearly American influences on style alongside folkloric dance dresses: link

I'd rather live in an inclusive world than an exclusive one.
07/24/2012
hawaiian chick hawaiian chick
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Originally posted by Do emu
Does anyone find this costume offensive? I think it's a tacky example of cultural appropriation. When Halloween comes around I really hope I don't come across anyone with a costume like this. It's bad enough to find people wearing ... More
I wouldn't say your being too sensitive, the way I look at it to each their own. Plus I think the costumes on here are meant more for role play and what not rather then Halloween per-say.
08/10/2012
glitterbombs glitterbombs
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Originally posted by Do emu
Does anyone find this costume offensive? I think it's a tacky example of cultural appropriation. When Halloween comes around I really hope I don't come across anyone with a costume like this. It's bad enough to find people wearing ... More
Super tacky. Wearing an outfit from another culture in the appropriate context is one thing, taking a stereotype and making it "sexier" is just disrespectful.
08/10/2012
Sangsara Sangsara
Hmmm. I think it's hot and I don't actually think about the culture that goes with it, I look at it more as a style off a runway. Sexy but just fun the demure part about hiding your face while still
Having sex goes back to cartoons for me - there's so much lacking that it's simply a sexy outfit, not a racist one
08/10/2012
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
Well, I personally wouldn't buy it.
08/11/2012
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