- The depiction of British culture in fantasy films.
Why is every fantasy land in every fantasy film inhabited by British people? They are fantasy lands for a reason. They don’t exist. This seems like a trivial complaint, but lets take it a step further and imagine if people spoke in Ebonics in fantasy films. Then some brows would be raised. The lord of the rings, for example, is dripping with cultural appropriation.
- The portrayal of the female figure on bathroom signs.
Every woman wears a dress? Some men wear dresses too, but you don’t see male bathroom signs with a dress on them. Why is this? I thought we lived in the 21st century.
- Cultural appropriation in Pornography regarding the black phallus.
Every see a pornographic video labeled “Big black cock”. The porn industry is stealing, and using black sexuality as a money making operation.
- The phrase “things aren’t so black and white”
This phrase assumes that black and white are drastically different. Why can’t black and white live in harmony
- The fact that we only refer to minorities when it comes to race
We are all equal…Except some people are minorities. How does that make any sense? There are plenty of people out there, and plenty of minorities. How many people floss three times a day? Not many. Why don’t we refer to excessive flossers as minorities? They are a minority group after all. The reason is because we decide to only distinguish between race.
- The Dunkin Donuts sign that says “See you soon”
Corporate America mocking the fact that we are shackled to caffeine. Caffeine is a drug after all, and Dunkin Donuts knows that they are exploiting our addictions. Can you imagine a “see you soon” sign at the Methadone clinic? It would cause quite the hullabaloo.
- Wafers at church are always white
Jesus was Middle Eastern. What Middle Easterner do you know has pale white skin? Not too many. Most are dark skinned, pushing black. So why in church do the wafers resemble a fleshy white skin tone?
Uconn, Storrs- This past weekend the Uconn LGBT club kicked off their yearly drag show “The Rainbow Showcase.” In past years the show has received minimal attention; only a select few students within the LGBT club know about it. With a low budget, and a lacking in promotional efforts, the show managed to receive substantial attention this weekend after being heralded in Uconn’s school paper as “The Drag Show of the year.” The success of this years Rainbow Showcase can be attributed to the most striking drag queen to have ever performed in Drag. Her name is Miss Mo.
Mohamed Abad, a Junior and Political Science major at Uconn Storrs, was born a male. He identifies as a male too, but he likes to participate in Drag. He identifies as homosexual, which is strictly prohibited in his culture and religion. Despite the stigmatization he was met with when coming to America, he maintained his homosexuality with flamboyant grace. He has been overwhelmed with pride “I came to America in ’04, and I never knew that people like me had a refuge. Here at Uconn we have a great LGBT community and it just makes me feel at home” he said to us in a recent interview.
Although he likes to be called by his real name, some of his closest friends know him as “Miss Mo.” Miss Mo is Mohamed’s Drag alter ego. This year he wished to publicize his sexuality and celebrate womanhood to help viewers better understand culture, heritage,and femininity. He did this by participating in the Rainbow Showcase.
His Drag costume was simple. He wore the cultural feminine gown of his heritage. The Burka.
The Burka is a full body cloak worn commonly by Muslim women. It has stood the test of time and has many references in the Qur’an. Miss Mo wanted to drive home the idea that commercialized femininity is simply a construct of Western culture. The idea that certain clothing makes a woman attractive, like leggings or the classic Marilyn Monroe style dress, are some of the misconceptions about female identity that Miss Mo wanted to eradicate. Her costume was so influentially diverse and culturally significant that she was featured in a New York Magazine article.
If you see her on campus, don’t be shy to call to her. Miss Mo.