New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said gay sex between consenting adults remains a criminal offence, in a major setback for the largely closeted homosexual community in India.
The top court today said that the Delhi High court’s 2009 order decriminalising homosexuality is constitutionally unsustainable.
The Delhi High Court had decriminalised homosexuality while reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and ruled that sex between two consenting adults in private would not be an offence.
The high court order had been challenged by anti-gay rights activists, social and religious organisations .
Senior BJP leader BP Singhal, who died last year, had challenged the verdict calling it illegal, immoral and against the ethos of Indian culture.
Religious organisations such as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Utkal Christian Council and Apostolic Churches Alliance also filed appeals against that verdict.
Look I’m gay and this hurts even in the diaspora, so I am praying for all of the LGBTQ+ people in India right now. May they stay safe and regain their protection soon. I will post more information as it comes.
December 11, 2013
Do you have a side blog? —by witch-wood
No this is one single blog run by several people, however we each have personal blogs.
Hello, I am a 23 years old Bangladeshi girl living in Canada for the last 7 years. I was born in Canada but grew up in Bangladesh for most of my life. Therefore, living in two entirely different countries gave me the chance to experience both cultures. There are few things about cultural appropriation that I am confused about and was wondering if you can help me answer those issues. Firstly is cultural appropriation only applicable to White people? Or is it disrespectful to practice/wear/apply things from other cultures in general? Secondly, what if someone from that culture gave you a gift (For example one of my Arab friends gave me a Kiffah scarf, is it wrong for me to wear it because I am not Arab?). I have encountered many people (White in general) who mentioned that people of color in Western world is less tolerant about these issues where people back home are very welcoming, are more flexible about sharing their cultural elements. What are your thoughts about that? One of my first cousins is half British, half Bangladeshi who speaks fluent Bengali, wears the Saree and Bindi but looks 100% White. Is it not correct for her to practice our heritage because she has White skin color? I have few family members who owns heritage stores back home in Bangladesh that are exclusively selling cultural products and artifacts. Foreigners are extremely attracted to these stores and in many cases they are actually creating a work force by purchasing these items. In a way that is 1) people in our own countries selling items to foreigners, 2) creating work force for less fortunate people in the society, 3) many would argue that it’s way to promote our culture as well. What are your thoughts on these matters? Sorry it got long but if you please elaborate yours thoughts on these matters it would be really appreciated. Thanks.
Whoa this is a lot to answer. Um. First please do background reading on our blog about cultural appropriation. There are several short recent posts.
- is cultural appropriation only applicable to White people? No, but you absolutely need to understand about global white supremacy. We’ve also discussed this many times.
- What if someone from that culture gave you a gift (For example one of my Arab friends gave me a Kiffah scarf, is it wrong for me to wear it because I am not Arab? No, the point of cultural appropriation is that it is taken w/o asking. Pls look at thisisnotarab for information.
- people of color in Western world is less tolerant about these issues where people back home are very welcoming, are more flexible about sharing their cultural elements. What are your thoughts about that? Those of us living in a white-majority country will experience racism directly, and are often more desperate to hold on to our cultures since we are at risk of losing them. Assimilation is a big deal, and so is losing ties to your homeland.
- Is it not correct for her to practice our heritage because she has White skin color? She is not white tho. Looks=/=race. Obvs she has ties to that culture and her relatives would be shocked to find out she is not actually related to them. I am absolutely not making a call on what is appropriate for a mixed race person.
- What about people selling cultural items? That is their prerogative. It IS part of white supremacy that we are forced to sell our cultural items to ppl who raided us in the first place. And continue to take control by removing us from our culture, taking credit for what we have created and being awarded for it. Overall there is an undervaluing of the ppl and an overvaluing of the objects. I explain this more in depth. BUT we do what we have to do. I dun blame the sellers. Some times we do get deliberately sold out. PoC can be complicit in harming other PoC.
I am going to use this as a reference post since we get these questions all the time.
December 9, 2013
Asians with rare genetics, from left to right ( Blue Eyes, red Hair, Indian with Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes )
I LOVE GENETICS
December 9, 2013
At what point do you think culture appreciation crosses into culture appropriation? Like I love and am fascinated by tons of cultures and I just want to know where to draw the line. —by Anonymous
SIGH this has been answered ad nauseam by hundreds of bloggers including myself. there’s a search box on my blog for a reason. browse the tags.
The point is (as we’ve discussed over and over) is there’s no clear line and you dun really get to decide (if you’re not part of the culture) where that line it. Basically stay on the side of caution, realize that just cuz you like or want to do something doesnt mean you have a right to. Pay attention to context, and always put the people first.
And no culture is better than any other just different so if you are idolizing another culture you really need to back off and examine why.
December 8, 2013
I wonder if all the White people who so desperately want to convert to Hinduism have even heard of the caste system, and how so many people across the subcontinent have spent centuries upon centuries, desperately trying to claw out of it, only to be dragged back in and be subjected to caste discrimination and violence. Jesus christ, nothing saves people from caste, even converting to a new religion.
All White Westerners see is Holi, bindis, saris, and gross “psychedelic” appropriation of deities, and they suddenly want to ‘convert’. Ergh, like stfu. Seriously, you don’t know shit.
December 8, 2013
There's a new brand of hats that's supposed to directly support the women in Uganda who made them. You buy the hat, the proceeds go to them, and they write their names on a tag inside the hat so you can see who made it. They sell in the US for about 30 bucks each inside stores like Newbury Comics. I think it's a decent idea. I think of you guys when I see things like this, though, and I like your opinion. What do you think? —by calcade
Ah I dunno enough about Uganda! It would really depend on how much of the profits actually go to the women? It is a better idea than the Tom’s shoes since just giving shoes takes away from business in those countries. And as pointed out in critiques, shoes arent really a big issue for the poor. At least this is supporting the women’s business? Again tho this depends on profit margins and it wouldn be unheard of for feel-good charity to support capitalism. (we’re gonna fix poverty (which is caused by capitalism) with capitalism! hurray!)
Does anyone else have any more information?
I wear big, shaped rhinestones on my forehead, as well as around my eyes, on my cheeks, various spots on my face. I always have, and if I'm out of rhinestones, I use an eyeliner pen to paint moons, hearts, whatever shape is on my mind that day (i've steered away from circles). I've never claimed it to be a bindi, and it never occurred to me as such until recently. I know what a bindi is, and I know the culture and significance behind it. HAVE I BEEN COMMITTING CULTURAL APPROPRIATION?! —by chaosamour
This seems like a troll ask. If on the off chance you aren’t trolling, as long as you don’t call them and haven’t called them bindis then you’re fine.
I have a super specific question that I don't know how to phrase so that google will give me results; I already have a nose piercing and I think that jewelry like the woman in your icon is wearing that connects a nose piercing to an ear piercing is really beautiful. However, I have rarely seen it outside of the context of South Asian traditional dress so I don't know if it's something culturally specific or just jewelry. Would a white woman wearing something similar be appropriative? Thanks! —by gallifreyorbust
Okay well, if it is specifically the kind you see in Desi culture, (eg: brides), then you should probably avoid wearing something like that as it is something pretty specific to our culture, if you had to come to our blog and ask the question, there is most definitely some sense of appropriation don’t you think? It is really beautiful, and I will let you be the judge of whether white people should wear it or not.
Vintage photographs of South Africans of Indian origin, c 1930s, Durban.
South Africans of Indian origin comprise a heterogeneous community distinguished by different origins, languages, and religious beliefs. The first Indians arrived during the Dutch colonial era, as slaves, in 1684. A conservative calculation based strictly on records shows over 16 300 slaves from the Indian subcontinent having been brought to the Cape. In the decades 1690 to 1725 over 80% of the slaves were Indians. This practice continued until the end of slavery in 1838. They made up the majority of slaves that came from the Far East and were by the 1880s totally integrated into the Cape White and Coloured communities.
In the second half if the 19th Century, Indians came to South Africa in two categories, namely as indentured workers in 1860 and later as ‘free’ or ‘passenger’ Indians. The former came as a result of a triangular pact among three governments, which stated that the indentured Indians were to work for the Natal colonial government on Natal’s sugar plantations. The ‘free’ Indians came to South Africa mainly as traders alert to new opportunities abroad. These ‘free Indians’ came at their own expense from India, Mauritius, and other places. However, emigration was stopped in 1914. Read more.
Photos by Melville Chater
December 7, 2013
The wall of shame on your side bar, she's in there wearing a golden head piece with eyes hanging of it. —by ribatejana
OH, you mean here. If you look, you’ll see that it’s part of an article that she got unfortunately included along w/ some embarrassments. So WE didn choose to include her picture. Someone else did. The criticism was for the article obvs.
Wait why is MIA on the wall of shame isn't she Sri Lankan? —by ribatejana
Uh when was she on the wall of shame? We havent done the wall of shame in a long time and yes she is Sri Lankan and we all know she is desi so I dunno why she would be posted? Do you have the post?
Please read this.
HINDUISM. Cows = holy. Rats = holy. Rats are spared, rats eat food, rats spread disease; cows are spared = India dies of starvation and disease.
When India dies of starvation and disease, children are left orphans, and are stolen or bought from naive and impoverished grandparents who believe their orphaned grandchildren will be given an education and chance at life.
Starvation/disease = death/poverty = orphans sold into sex slavery.
Sex slavery = prostitution and more disease. Disease = more death. Death = more orphans to be trafficked.
When the LORD says “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” it is because He LOVES you. He is not power hungry or insecure. He is sovereign and He is best for every nation and for every people and for every person reading this. He loves you. Tonight I am declaring India a nation that is God’s. Please pray with me that India is *restored* to relationship with the one true God who loves her.
December 6, 2013