Co-opting a culture is when you presume to speak about, or to, a culture you were not born into.
When your speech, and the medium, or form of expression it is built into, is copyrighted – you are not Exposing a culture to the masses, you are dipping into a tradition that has yet to be told by the people who lived it and they are the only ones who have the business, personal and professional to express those values and those cultures.
Not have them smeared as a layer of your schooling the masses on your ethics and morality through the thin veneer of your art form, mastery of the format, the medium in which one embeds ones message.
It is culture theft to profit from what is not yours to share: JK Rowling – I call you out:
- Harry Potter and the Ivory Tower of Offence-Takers
- Godbot Watch: Kindly Update your “D&D” to “Harry Potter”
Muggles: first use – Carol Kendall – a beloved character in The Gammage Cup, the fumpy middle aged woman spinster who joined with the queerest folk in the villiage to save a valley of towns from an ancient enemy fallen into myth and legend… who are tunnelling into the valley… she tried very hard to be boring and ordinary.
Narnia and Dungeons and Dragons. Classic kid fantasy of my parent’s aren’t my real parents, extended to the hidden world of magic still existing in places, all the cute hobby knobbly fey folk of differing sizes… mischief makers, trickersters, riddlers and rhymers, fiddlers and dancers, tunnelers and weavers…fey folk of the forests.
I had a teacher in high school who sneered, one doesn’t use one in a sentence, unless one talks like the The Queen. Whom Apparently, in 2016, even She Does not speak her own, but her people’s language.
Hey, she’s been on that Throne like forever – no wonder nobility seemed immortal to peasants, who often were born and died in their reigns, why civilizations revolved around the ruler – imperial being the literal measure of one king to understand his kingdom. That America continues to use it when the rest of the world is metric.
Anyway, I enjoy using archaic and Victorian language, it made my fiction writing sound older than I was, back when I wrote poetry and short stories. My three favorite words are all Victorian: Nethermouth, Guttersnipe and Ragamuffin.
Furthermore – the word “archaic” holds particular feminist words;
in the original Stepford Wives 1970s, it was a war of words, wives were replaced with robots who were programmed to speak only in pleasing and soothing tv commerical ways,and with a limited vocabulary list, default to giggles, gee hubby, you are so much smarter than me….master
Gritty, Pretty, City, Urbane/Urban – sub-culture, subverted, perverted, victims and marginalized, displaced and dispensed with…. mothers, daughters, sisters, wives…
the movie a slow realization of the doomed wife, and never really any anxiety on the husband’s part that he was saying this as a fate to all daughters, bio units to grow to peak pretty and then replace?
wives lesser than sidekicks, replaceable if not compliant.
why were all the white male music stars unscathed by their anti-Bush The Lessor comments, while the Dixie Chick’s were broken, salvaged for a while by Canada fans, eh?
how is a man with a wife like that, supposed to deal in the workplace with women as equals or higher ups?
The Problem with Grease – that Danny lettered in track and good boyed up to earn Sandy is lost in her trollop transform or the Slut Suit Up…
I remember in the magazines they published stories about how she was too embarrased to leave her trailer because the costume was too sexy. It was actually her own clothes.
The Class of 1984: the TV Generation, the era of Quality Time Parenting and not Quantity time parenting.
“Considder Dis a Divorce” blam blam blam .. big laughs in the theatre, hey, it’s just a joke in a movie right?
well, it might not be to someone who lost a family or friend to that real life scenario…
seriously, get over yourselves, they are us, us are them, we’re all from the same mix of niche clearing, swinging apes….