No it’s cool. Keep perpetuating a stereotyped, culturally-appropriated image of NDN women as hypersexual. It’s not like we’re 3.5 times more likely to be raped or anything (80% of which are committed by non-native rapists)
DEPICTIONS LIKE THIS ARE HURTFUL.
WAR BONNETS ARE NOT A FASHION STATEMENT.
Cultural appropriation is not beautiful.
It is your choice to reblog racist, appropriative images, you don’t have to do it.
Please stop tagging pictures like this ‘Native American’; they have nothing to do with NDN people.
Check out some links:
Cultural Appropriation on Wikipedia
My Culture is not a Trend
Here’s a quick checklist for whether it’s ok to wear a war bonnet (even a cheap imitation like this):
Was it placed onto your head by an elder/legitimate authority figure from a select number of plains nations because you personally achieved something so great that it is worthy of that kind of honor? (corrolary: If yes to the above, are you currently wearing it in an appropriate ceremonial fashion/setting? Like are you at a powwow or speaking with the president?)
If you answered ‘no’ then IT IS NOT OK.
Any more than it would be ok to buy a decorated veteran’s purple heart that he had to pawn and put -that- on for a sexy/edgy/hip photo shoot. It’s that kind of disrespect, on top of the slap in the face that is cultural appropriation in general.
Please take this picture down, and don’t post more like it. When you see your friends and associates and tumblr followers doing the same kind of thing, speak out against it. This is racist and hurtful.