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The University of Southern Indiana offered a student workshop this week to help students prepare to be culturally sensitive in their choices of Halloween costumes.
The Halloween workshop, titled “Culture not Costumes,” explained the dangers of “cultural appropriation,” defined in a handout as “the taking of intellectual property, knowledge, and cultural expression from someone else’s culture without permission.”
Taboos - Appropriation - American - Indians - Headdresses
Among the taboos of cultural appropriation are costumes related to American Indians, such as feathered headdresses, dressing up as “Pocahotties” and “sexy Indian Princesses,” according to first-hand reporting from the attentive folks at The College Fix.
Some have taken the issue so far as to suggest that wearing hoop earrings is itself another form of cultural appropriation. “Hoops exist across many minority groups as symbols of resistance, strength and identity,” so non-minority women should not be wearing them, declares a recent article in Vice.
Students - Southern - Indiana - Event - University
Students attending the Southern Indiana event, hosted by the University’s Housing and Residence Life, were given dress-up materials along with instructions on how to devise a Halloween costume that wasn’t culturally insensitive. Among the appropriate costumes suggested were superheroes, ghosts and cats.
Along with four handouts distributed to participants, students were treated to two videos about “very disrespectful” people dressing up in “inappropriate costumes,” which included some people in Japanese prostitute outfits and others in Native American getups.
Hand-outs - Flowchart - Questionnaire - Students - Ordeal
One of the hand-outs featured a yes/no flowchart questionnaire to guide students through the perilous ordeal of choosing a costume that will not offend protected identity groups. Every time a student makes a wrong move, the flowchart tells them to “go back and start at the beginning” until they get it right.
Politically correct costume protocol is nothing new on college campuses and has been spreading for some years. As Breitbart News reported last October, a number of universities have banned un-PC Halloween costumes such as Arab...
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