I think you can wear a bindi even if you don't belong to the culture. As long as you're not doing things out of ignorance and mockery, it should be fine. I don't think certain aspects of culture have to stay entirely exclusive to the culture. Like with burkas. Even if you don't have a Muslim nationality, it doesn't mean that if you convert, you're still cut off from the culture. You just have to be respectful and do it out of will and interest, you know?
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First of all, im really glad that youre being proactive and sharing with me. Second, youre right, theyre some really beautiful things about certain cultures and it’s okay to praise them as long as youre being respectful about it. When i reblogged that post, i think that i wasnt thinking so much about the topic in general, but that certain person’s incident. I care more about someone seeing someone wearing a bindi or a Native American headdress and not viewing it negatively.
And about converting to Islam, i think thats different because when you convert to a religion, you are devoting yourself to it and its culture, which i think should make you entitled to adopt all the aspects of that culture, so i agree.
Im Christian and im sorry but i get very offended when i see non-Christians wearing crosses as jewelry. I had these friends once and one of them was Chrisitan and wearing a cross and the other was Jewish and going on and on about how she loved wearing crosses but her mom wouldnt let her. If she was to wear a cross, that would be ignorant and disrespectful(it was 8th grade so ill give her a break), but her mother stopped her because she knows what it means and that it would be stupid for her to wear that. You cant say you believe in one thing and then wear something that suggests the opposite. I dont know what many cultural things mean, i think i remember that the N.A. headdresses would be the equivalent of the badges someone in the military would now receive, so if you want to wear one you should know that and be okay with that.
I just think that if you do choose to wear a bindi, whether because of aesthetic or support for that culture, you should be prepared to tell someone those reasons and just make sure that you are proud of said reasons.
I hope this isnt too hard to follow and thanks again!
"its just a word!!"
of course its a fucking word thats how we goddamn communicate. if the fucking queen of england came and told you that you were a prince would you shrug it off as “just a word”. words have importance and its not that fucking hard to just not say certain ones
"the sky as blue as fresh meat"
- The Knife of Never Letting Go, chapter 11
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