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Post Reply Do you feel like wearing other cultures' garments is a violation of their intimate customs?
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Q: Do you feel like wearing other cultures' garments is a violation of their intimate customs?

And for example, do you feel like a Westerner wearing a kimono should not do so unless they have consent from the Japanese culture? Does it take away the value of the garment?

Oddly specific question, but I asked this because I saw this post on Facebook in response to wearing kimonos in Japan:

The post is on the Japanista Facebook page if you're interested.
And on Tumblr, I have seen a lot of outrage toward Western girls who choose to wear a bindi or other Indian garment because they "do not have permission" from the people of the culture and "take away the value of these customs."
I'm sorry if I worded this weirdly, it's been a long day. But I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this on this.
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If its not done mockingly, it should be considered a symbol of respect. To be honest, I would only wear another cultures clothing if I visited that country(while I was there).
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violation of intimate customs? no...

however it can be disrespectful if one is wearing outfit to make light of other cultures (i.e. covering one's head and pretending to be a terrorist or smthg)
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Considering that you can just go buy a kimono I really doubt they care at all as long as you're doing it respectfully.
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No, not in the least.

Why the fuck are people so "herp derp, that offends me"

Jesus christ, no one cares what you wear, if you like wearing it, then wear it.

When people come to the Bahamas and wear our local clothing no one says "oh wow, what a bitch, totally appropriating our culture". The clothing is made to be worn.
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I think the only thing you violate is your own dignity and face when you wear them inappropriately.

Otherwise, wear them all you want.

Consent from an entire culture is impossible to get....
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Posted 3/26/15

Sogno- wrote:

violation of intimate customs? no...

however it can be disrespectful if one is wearing outfit to make light of other cultures (i.e. covering one's head and pretending to be a terrorist or smthg)


I agree with this wholeheartedly.


AzazelOfNexium wrote:

No, not in the least.

Why the fuck are people so "herp derp, that offends me"

Jesus christ, no one cares what you wear, if you like wearing it, then wear it.

When people come to the Bahamas and wear our local clothing no one says "oh wow, what a bitch, totally appropriating our culture". The clothing is made to be worn.


Haha. Thank you. I needed to hear someone say that.
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Definitely not.. how many countries have been westernized in the world? Exactly my point lol.
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Nope, and in this case, I'm sure many Japanese people would appreciate seeing others from a different culture dressed in kimonos.



But yeah, just be respectful about it.
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this cultural appropriation thing on the internet is stupid and getting out of hand. There are real cases of culture appropriation, but wearing another culture's traditional garment is not offensive.

personally am more offended when someone pulls their eyes up to mimic the tiny asian eyes more than the clothes they wear.




like people (usually white) always do this to me in an attempt to make me laugh, but personally am not amused by this.
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If you're not wearing said clothing to mock said culture then it shouldn't be a problem.
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The closest thing to (read: not actually) a representative of every single Japanese person in the world is the emperor, and that's only because he's the head of state. Am I supposed to send an application to the emperor before I don a kimono? Is there a fee? Or (as is more likely) is the notion of "seeking permission of the native culture" before doing something one which is not only asinine, but borderline racist in itself for assuming such a thing is even possible?

There's being sensitive to important cultural institutions, and then there's this crap.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

I think the only thing you violate is your own dignity and face when you wear them inappropriately.

Otherwise, wear them all you want.

Consent from an entire culture is impossible to get....


I agree with this.
I'll add that even within cultures, there are differences in fashion where people don't always see eye to eye.
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EDIT: Not directed at OP. just how this sort of stuff inspires me to feel anymore.

As someone else said, waaaaay too many people getting offended over stupid shit.
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