Anonymous said: remus in a christmas sweater?? or remus smoking a cigarette mmi did both, plus a few people asked for remus/sirius stuff. i was trying to think of a scenario in which remus would smoke, because tbh i feel like on principle, he wouldn’t, but a rather bleak little moment with sirius outside a christmas party some time during the first wizarding war (before the potters went into hiding) when they’re both a little too terrified of dying to be aggressively cheery on account of the season; maybe he’d indulge in that little facet of self destruction, god knows he’s done everything else.so yeah. here’s these two blackly joking about dying before their time; just to truly ruin any kind of good night you’re having.
Best backstory. (x)
You know…for a second there…his head shape led me to believe he could be Phineas’s father.
NO BUT THAT WOULD EXPLAIN WHY PHINEAS IS SO INVENTIVE OH MY GOD
this post ruined me
Anonymous said: Hi! Do you think you explain what specifically cultural appropriation is? Like how does it differ from appreciation? Thanks! :)
cultural appropriation is the adoption of specific elements of one culture by another group. this is obviously not always a bad thing. the blending of cultures is inevitable as different groups of people move around and rub off on each other, especially in today’s world. however, cultural appropriation becomes problematic when a person has no knowledge of the culture they are appropriating from except for stereotypes (perpetuated by appropriation) and is doing it in order to look unique, edgy, cool, and/or fashionable (ex: the wearing of native american headdresses at music festivals, the wearing of “soft grunge” bindis, “exotic” tattoos in a foreign language, etc., etc.)
this is because it’s just downright disrespectful to ignore an item’s cultural and historical significance and simply wear it for aesthetic reasons, especially considering that in america, people of color donning traditional clothing are often treated with hostility since it gives the impression that they are foreigners who refuse to assimilate into mainstream american society, while white people wearing the same things (or perverted, inaccurate versions) are praised for their boldness and individuality. cultural appropriation also perpetuates stereotypes, since for many people, the only knowledge they have of different races and their cultures is stereotypes.
appropriation differs from appreciation because appropriation lacks respect for other cultures. when a white girl at coachella wears a native headdress, they’re not wearing it because they love native american culture and obtained permission from the community to wear something so culturally significant. they’re wearing it because they think it looks cool and represents what her 3rd grade history class taught as the beliefs of all native americans. if a person truly wants to show their appreciation for another culture, they should respect the people who practice that culture and understand that certain aspects of different cultures are not a free-for-all, especially within the context of racial power dynamics.