By unsuccessful popping - 18/06/2015 20:09 - United States - Tappan
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To be honest, now a days wearing a bindi is used in just everyday life. I think it's ridiculous that people make such a big deal out of it. To me that's like saying that non Christians can't wear a long white dress because it looks too similar to a wedding dress. I really don't understand how wearing a bindi is offensive. No one is making fun of the culture, they're merely wearing what they think looks pretty. Also, I've seen a lot of people use it for non cultural reasons (such as coachella and music festivals). By the way I'm Indian and I really don't care who wears it. And frankly, I find it funny how I'm not at all involved in my culture (born and raised in America) and its acceptable for me to wear a bindi even though the only thing that really differentiates me from an American (or really anywhere outside of India/Middle East) is my skin color
@16 The bindi thing wrItten about here was blown out of proportion. Sue me but I think it's a big deal when the God you and your people have worshipped for centuries ends up on some t shirt at urban outfitters. That's what I mean by cultural appropriation. I'm not Hindu, but seeing Hindu Gods and Goddesses on the back pockets of a pair of hipster shorts have unnerved a lot of my Hindu friends and they do have grounds to be angry about something like that.
Even if it was a bindi- who's she to assume you don't identify with that culture based on your looks alone? There's a thousand possible extenuating circumstances that could have given you justification to wear a bindi.
I agree. For one thing, bindis aren't worn just by Indian women, they're primarily worn by women in the entire Southern Asia region. Two, not one culture or one religion is associated with wearing bindis. Yes, it's primarily associated with Hinduism, but the reasons for wearing one aren't strictly religious. Also, I'm a belly dancer and also do some Bollywood and Bhangra dancing, so I wear bindis for that. The lady who bitched OP out is just stupid.
I am wondering if she was Indian being offended, or if she was just pointing that out for little valid reason