Bear

diannaskurt:

LISTEN UP CAUSE I’M ONLY GOING TO SAY THIS ONCE. KURT HUMMEL DESERVES BETTER THAN THE CRAPPY STORY LINES THE WRITERS HAVE BEEN GIVING CHRIS SINCE THE MIDDLE OF SEASON 4 IF NOT EARLIER. HE HAS BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH CRAP AND YET EVERY TIME HE GETS SCREW OVER ALL OVER AGAIN BY THOSE HE LOVES. I NEED KURT TO BE INDEPENDENT, STRONG, SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT FOR CHRIS.

I’m not into Glee, and I’m not disagreeing with what is being said, BUT:

I have never known anyone in the Glee fandom to be able to say anything they feel about the show only once…

caitallolovesyou:

siderealscion:

mALEFISHIENT, MARK

ive been meaning to make work-related comics forever, so enjoy some choice movie title bastardizations.

(these all actually, seriously, happened, with no humor or awareness on the part of the customer at the time as far as I could tell. so, yes, someone actually asked for a ticket to “Detergent” with a straight face.)

I love when people mess up movie titles! My husband used to work at a movie theater back when we were dating, and he had the best stories about that. XD

The movie I believe you are thinking of is “Tower Heist”. Pretty much everyone wanted a ticket to “Tower Heest”. There were many other notable examples, but this is one almost everyone got wrong.

nympheons:

caitallolovesyou:

nympheons:

princesswhatevr:

nympheons:

So in my sexual science class I saw quite the sight.
Some white girl came in with dreads, her head looked like a fucking rats nest. she had a cherry blossom branch going down her leg and on her shoulder she had a sugar skull, then on the other arm a…

I never said it was cultural appropriating so thanks for pulling that out your ass

Then, what exactly was the main idea of your post? Don’t call me a dipshit in your tags like I can’t read that stuff. If I misunderstood you, then please explain that to me in a respectful fashion, as I never attacked you.

It just seemed to me that your post was yet another “cultural appropriation; lol white girls” kind of post. I mean, you mentioned a “cherry blossom branch” which I take it is an appropriation of some sort of Asian cultures, a sugar skull which is an appropriation of Mexican culture, and a dream-catcher which is appropriation of First Nations/Native American culture…So, what exactly was I supposed to think you meant when you made fun of her dreads?

just because “all hair” can be put into dreads it shouldn’t be. The main idea of the post was that she look so damn ridiculous.
The tats I found to be a bit appropriative though I wasn’t sure.
Upon research I did, it is racist for white people to wear dreads.
If you honestly don’t believe it’s not racist, that’s your problem.

http://racismschool.tumblr.com/post/40062198140/story-time-dreadlocks-and-cultural-appropriation

http://strychninequeen.tumblr.com/post/83533483259/dread-drama

Your sources have failed you. Please let me enlighten you on cultural appropriation:

FIRST: There must be a specific culture in mind to be appropriated. “White” is not a culture. “Black” is not a culture. “Brown” is not a culture. These are races. So, Culture: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture Race http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/race

Now, and this is going to BLOW YOUR MIND: RACE IS IMAGINARY! Well okay, so our perception of race is very real, in that it does in fact exist in our heads. However; the prevailing idea that white people are biologically different than black people, who are biologically different from brown skinned people is false. In fact, other countries believe there are races that we (westerners from North America and Europe) don’t recognize. In Brazil (Brasil) there is even the belief that one’s race changes, depending on sun/tanning bed/tanning spray exposure. Check the chart under “controversy” for example here, sorry for not posting a better source but if you are interested, the Internet is full of useful information from places much more scholarly than Tumblr and Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_ethnicity_in_Brazil )

In Japan, one can be of a different race, not because of skin color, but because of the work done by ancestors (funerary work, work revolving around refuse and other unsanitary/undesirable jobs.

Biologically, the only difference between races is melanin production. Melanin is what makes some people’s skin darker than others, gives some people freckles, allows us to tan, etc. Even that can vary more within a race than without. Think about the lightest black person you know and the darkest black person you know. Does the person with lighter skin look more like say, the darkest white person you know, or the darkest black person? Chances are, it is closer to the darker white person. In fact, there is a good chance that white person may even be DARKER than that black person! And what about other variations, like height? The Baka people of Africa near the Congo Basin (often incorrectly and offensively referred to as Pygmy people) are known for being very very short (less than 5 feet tall) and stalky. Their short stalky stature serves them well in their environment in the dense vegetation in which they live, where being tall would result in more limited mobility. However; there are other places in Africa where it is more advantageous to be tall, the Maasai/Masai people, are very tall and lanky individuals, with women and men alike towering over the 6 foot marker. This much variation is not indicative of “race” but of a process called “Natural Selection” in which organisms over time adapt to their environment in a ‘survival of the fittest’ type way. There are more biological variances between the Baka and the Maasai than there are between myself and my friend Mitch, who is a black man of similar build, height, stature, shoe size, etc.

So maybe you are thinking “but where does continent of origin fit into all of this? Obviously even if there no biological differences, black people come from Africa, white people from Europe, oriental people from Asia, etc.” And you know what? You are right! However, the word we are looking for here is neither culture nor race, but ethnicity. Ethnicity can refer to many things, not just origin, but it all has to do with our ancestry. For our purposes here, it is not relevant however; it is a good term to be familiar with, especially in college as we continue to expand our mind.

It is good to learn to differentiate these three terms, especially if you ever take a class dealing with anthropology, folk studies, sociology, culture or race. I won’t even charge you thousands of dollars of tuition. :)

So where do dreadlocks and cultural appropriation stand in this? Now that we have gone through the basics that they will teach you in any 100 level ANTH class, we can dig deeper into the issue at hand!

Let us first look at dreadlocks/dreads/locks/locs/vines/etc., and what they actually are. Dreads (my preferred term) are very interesting, because it is the only hairstyle (or anti-hairstyle) that happens when you do not intervene. If you stop touching your hair, it will not turn into a flat top, layers, stacks, mohawk, pompadour, duck tail, mullet, braids or anything else for that matter. It will, however; inevitably turn into dreads (or possibly a Polish plait, which is similar but not quite the same in which the hair forms into one big mass, imagine a very large flat dread). This is because of what dreads are: a series of tangles and knots that combine locks of hair. Over time, more hair is incorporated, and these locks of hair grow together, and eventually a tangled “rats nest” turns into what would undeniably be known as (insert preferred term for what I am calling dreads). This phenomena is not unique to any one culture or ethnicity. In fact, pretty much every “race” has dreaded hair for one reason of another, either for fashion, spiritual reasons or simply because they didn’t have combs. It is not even unique to humans. One need not look beyond a long haired dog or cat that hasn’t been brushed to find matted hair (matts are for all intents and purposes the same thing as dreads, tangles and knots), other long haired primates, the mane of some male lions, etc. This process is completely natural. In fact, it is the ONLY 100% natural (the definition of natural meaning without human intervention http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natural ) “hairstyle” there is.

Well, obviously one cannot rightfully claim a cultural claim to something that is something that naturally occurs. That would be like claiming that body hair belongs to a culture, because they do not shave theirs off.

However; for differing reasons, dreads do have relevance to some cultures, past and present, and this should not be ignored. Many of these cultures have a religious or otherwise spiritual basis behind them as well. So lets list some of these cultures now: Rastas (the most well known), Hindus, Celts, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Native Americans (not a very concise term, but it was popular among many groups and I am not familiar enough with which groups had them and not, so I apologize for that lack of specific knowledge), vikings, visagoths, Wicca, Pantheism… The list goes on but I think the point has been made.

So, we are back to cultural appropriation. Obviously some of those cultures would include white people, some are exclusively white (as well as about any other skin color, but since white people with dreads are the ones being called into question, this is where the focus lies). Are we saying that if you do not belong to one of these cultures, then it is appropriation to have dreads? Well, if that is the case then race has nothing to do with it. This would mean that dreads for vanity sake (no matter your race) is cultural appropriation. The problem there, is that those most often claiming that white people with dreads are very seldom ever a part of any of these groups, because groups like Jews (who have taken a Nazarite vow) and Rastas (both drawing the basis of their dreads from the book of Leviticus, as well as a select few Christian sects) are inclusive. They are not the ones saying only certain races should follow their beliefs or anything. Take Bob Marley, known for his dreads and association with Rastafari (for those who do not know, the term Rastafarianism as well as calling Rastafari a religion are highly offensive to Rastas, so if you encounter someone who is Rasta, please choose words carefully). He abhorred racism. In his song “War” he sings “Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, there will be war”. Every Rasta I have spoken to, of any color or ethnicity or geographic location, has been of this similar mindset. That skin color simply does not matter (well it DOES, but it SHOULDN’T).

So what are we left with? An argument for cultural appropriation, in which we try to falsely/erroneously/ignorantly judge culture based on skin color. A small group of people who are not associated with a specific culture that reveres dreads claiming that one cannot have something that naturally happens because of their skin color. A different group of people who wish to alleviate their white guilt by telling other people how to behave throwing around terms they do not understand like “cultural appropriation” (that is not directly aimed at you, I don’t know your race, and I’m not making assumptions). And several groups of people who have a legitimate cultural claim to dreads, not based on fictitious concepts like race, who don’t care what color your skin is.

For the record, you did not even know what cultural appropriation is earlier today, now you have been to two Tumblogs and are an expert able to call out others? I’m assuming you are a Freshman in college. Get used to this kind of stuff, with an attitude like yours you are going to get schooled by a lot of people until your ego falters.

Also the girl you mentioned, is probably going the natural route with her dreads (not using any product of maintenance, the way consistent with most of the aforementioned cultures who do not believe in making dreads but letting them happen). This rats nest will, in a few months, maybe a year or two, be one of the most healthy crown of dreads you will have probably ever seen, as a result.

There were a couple of other points I was going to make, but I doubt you are still reading this, and I have been typing for quite some time and my dinner has grown cold as a result. I think I will leave it there, for now.

caitallolovesyou:

makeitearlgrey:

kavaeric:



are you even trying

No

I’m not saying OP had their facts straight (because I honestly have no idea how much protein is truly in broccoli or what the best way to measure that is) BUT I want to point out two things:
1. Google measured it in 100 GRAMS and the original image measured it in terms of 100 CALORIES. Please take note of details like this when attempting to refute, especially if you are going to be sarcastic about it.
and 
2. Maybe it’s not broccoli, but there is no denying that there ARE in fact better ways to get protein than meat. Most, if not all, beans and legumes, for example give you a bunch of protein and also other nutrients that are arguably more important than protein (not to mention fiber.)

caitallolovesyou:

makeitearlgrey:

kavaeric:

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are you even trying

No

I’m not saying OP had their facts straight (because I honestly have no idea how much protein is truly in broccoli or what the best way to measure that is) BUT I want to point out two things:

1. Google measured it in 100 GRAMS and the original image measured it in terms of 100 CALORIES. Please take note of details like this when attempting to refute, especially if you are going to be sarcastic about it.

and 

2. Maybe it’s not broccoli, but there is no denying that there ARE in fact better ways to get protein than meat. Most, if not all, beans and legumes, for example give you a bunch of protein and also other nutrients that are arguably more important than protein (not to mention fiber.)

sancophaleague:

#IfItAintWhiteItAintRight

I always find it interesting how the world will shit on African people while simultaneously stealing and mimicking African culture. 
 
They called Africans who stretched their earlobes “primitive” then proceeded to copy it.
 
Remember that “dreads” were seen as derogatory ?
Whites would call it dreadful, dirty, ugly ETC…

African women been carrying Babies on their back since for ever.
There was criticism for that now that got “baby carriers”

They used to make fun of African Women’s BIG LIPS and ASSES now EVERYBODY want a big lips and big asses. 

White people have been obsessed with Africans ever since we came in contact don’t ever forget that. So obsessed they had to get their hands on your continent.

Now we running around here ashamed of our own people and our own heritage like fools.

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#sancophaleague

#neverlovedus 

Shoutout to @oba_tayo for the Gauge Earring Comparison!  And the photo in the top right corner!

Lobe stretching isn’t specific to Africa. The Buddha had stretched ear lobes. The Mayans and Aztecs stretched their ear lobes. Many First Nations people (commonly called Native Americans) had stretched earlobes. 
The baby carrying thing is a good idea, and has been used by nomadic people all over the world.
Dreadlocks have been worn by people of all cultures, and predate culture. It predates humans, many animals have hair that matts naturally. Dreads have also been worn by Vikings, Celts, Hindus, First Nations peoples, Jews, Christians, and many other religions and cultures for a variety of reasons.
*BONUS* You posted a photo of Bob Marley to exhibit dreads being a “black” thing… But Bob Marley was half white. He was also not a racist, “until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, there will be war” (War by Bob Marley and the Wailers)

sancophaleague:

#IfItAintWhiteItAintRight

I always find it interesting how the world will shit on African people while simultaneously stealing and mimicking African culture. 
 
They called Africans who stretched their earlobes “primitive” then proceeded to copy it.
 
Remember that “dreads” were seen as derogatory ?
Whites would call it dreadful, dirty, ugly ETC…
African women been carrying Babies on their back since for ever.
There was criticism for that now that got “baby carriers”
They used to make fun of African Women’s BIG LIPS and ASSES now EVERYBODY want a big lips and big asses. 
White people have been obsessed with Africans ever since we came in contact don’t ever forget that. So obsessed they had to get their hands on your continent.
Now we running around here ashamed of our own people and our own heritage like fools.
Post made by @Solar_InnerG
#sancophaleague
#neverlovedus 
Shoutout to @oba_tayo for the Gauge Earring Comparison!  And the photo in the top right corner!

Lobe stretching isn’t specific to Africa. The Buddha had stretched ear lobes. The Mayans and Aztecs stretched their ear lobes. Many First Nations people (commonly called Native Americans) had stretched earlobes.

The baby carrying thing is a good idea, and has been used by nomadic people all over the world.

Dreadlocks have been worn by people of all cultures, and predate culture. It predates humans, many animals have hair that matts naturally. Dreads have also been worn by Vikings, Celts, Hindus, First Nations peoples, Jews, Christians, and many other religions and cultures for a variety of reasons.

*BONUS* You posted a photo of Bob Marley to exhibit dreads being a “black” thing… But Bob Marley was half white. He was also not a racist, “until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, there will be war” (War by Bob Marley and the Wailers)

chilewithcarnage:

White people who get dreads think they gonna look like this 

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But always end up lookin like this 

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So are you admitting that dreads were appropriated from sheep? Animals have had dreads before people. ;) BTW, I don’t want dreads like the guy at the top, they are twisted so tightly and appear to be interlocked. I can see so much scalp, I don’t want traction alopecia. I like my hair, no transplants for me, thanks!

pussy-pat:

I always try to avoid the “White people stop wearing dreads/locs posts” but to me, hair and Blackness are SOOOO important, that I can’t avoid them. These people don’t understand what it’s like to exist the way we do and have them wear OUR hair for fun. People already dress up as us on a daily…

I do not underestimate the amount of discrimination you have faced as a black individual. However, you are wrong, and here is an extensive list of reasons why:

1.) Many cultures have dreads, and those cultures are of different races and ethnicities. Celts had dreads. Vikings had dreads. First Nations people (Native Americans, as they are erroneously called, because they were here before it was “America”). Jews (as outlined in the Old Testement/Torah, on taking the vow of Nazarite. This included Samson who had 7 locks, John the Baptist was likely to have had dreads,as was Jesus. Jesus was called “Jesus of Nazareth”, but there is not now nor was there at the time a geographical location called Nazareth. It is believed Jesus was a Nazarite because of is and his bloodline), many Hindus and Sikhs have dreads, as did Egyptian Pharaohs, among other cultures.

2.) They happen naturally, and you can’t claim something that just happens as part of a culture. Anyone’s hair will dread if you stop combing and cutting it. This is not unique to black people. I have dreads that formed 100% on their own, with no tools or products. I know people of all colors and cultures who have natural neglected dreads that happen. People eat, sleep, reproduce, their nails grow, their hair grows and their hair dreads. None of these can be claimed to any specific culture. It is the most natural thing possible.

3.) Dreads predate culture. They predate humans, actually. A lion’s mane will matt up. As will bears, dogs, cats, apes… So are all of us dreadheads appropriating Simba’s culture?

4.) You have the erroneous belief that people having dreads mean they are trying to be part of your culture, or steal from it. My decision to let my hair dread is not based around a concept of race, it is based around a concept of liking dreads in general on all people of all colors and backgrounds, and my wish to live a more natural life, and be associated with that lifestyle. I also have far more personal reasons which I will not get into on here as they are irrelevant and, well, personal. I have my own culture, my own belief system, my own worldview and although I am interested in everyone else’s as well, I’m not shopping for a new one and definitely not shoplifting one.

5.) As you may have noticed by now, I take dreads very seriously and they are not just a hairstyle. My dreads reflect me and I reflect them. They are a part of my spiritual path, they are part of my personality, they are individual hairs interconnected with one another, just as I am one life interconnected with all others. My hair took time, patience and still is taking those things. I can see evidence of my life in them, I associate certain dreads with certain events in my life. Notice I never mentioned race, because that is not relevant to my feelings about my dreads. I have altered my life as a result of them, they are a lifestyle in and of themselves.

5.) This argument always singles out white people with dreads… What about Hispanics? What about Asians? Are you arguing that they are a black thing, or that they are open to everyone but white people? Either way your argument is ethnocentric and racist, I am just trying to find out in what degree that is so.

Dreads are not a black thing, a white thing, a First Nation’s thing, a Middle Eastern thing, an Asian thing… But all of those people’s have had dreads. Why? Because dreads are natural, they happen to everyone (if you have ever had to brush a tangle out of your hair, it will dread on its own), they are spiritual, they connect us with nature, and yeah they look damn cool on everybody, but that isn’t the point.

Basics
Name: Bear
Gender: Male
Favorites
Food: Pasta, rice, potatoes… I love carbs.
Drink: Beer
Book: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, or Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions
Song: Ripple by the Grateful Dead
Movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
TV Show: The Simpsons, especially the first fifteen seasons.
Life
Dream Job: Working as an activist, or a stay at home dad. :)
Tattoos: 2, the green dancing bear on my right leg, and a tree of life with the word Compassion written as part of the border.
Piercings: currently just my stretched ear lobes, have had septum and labret.
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Reason Behind URL: I am Bear; I resemble a hobbit in my short and broad stature and wry large feet and hands.
Reason Behind Icon: its me, an old picture of me, but me nonetheless.

The real reason #sjw hates animal rights activists…

Don’t let them fool you, they aren’t so stupid that they don’t think someone can care about humans AND animals…Its just a clever rouse. The problem, I believe, lies that there is a problem out there that involves activism besides sitting behind a computer and blogging about stuff and signing 20 petitions a day. That a difference can be made by something as simple as changing your diet. And that you can save lives, not only of animals, but of people as well. Slaughterhouses are one of the most underpaid and dangerous industries, and they target illegal immigrants because they don’t report accidents. Vegetarianism/veganism can be just as much about human rights as it is about other animal’s right!

I realize the difficulty involved in changing the shopping list… And I realize having to actually do something, actively do something besides sit behind a computer screen, seems a daunting task.

I also realize that if this gets any notes at all, I will be getting many notes from people trying to justify their choices, or even the attempted humor of those who make jokes elluding to eating meat, or the ever-so-old and boring “PETA- People For the Eating of Tasty Animals” type posts. I want you to know, I give you all the same regard as you give your racist unintentionally offensive grandmother when she still uses the “N” word to refer to black people.

amenpenis:

Ah yes the flawless mike wazowski look Just what I wanted


Leela, is that you?

amenpenis:

Ah yes the flawless mike wazowski look Just what I wanted

Leela, is that you?

Leela, is that you?