Recently I gazed at that on-line magazine, Salon, and I decided that I happened into the country for earnest, humor-challenged liberals. [I find Slate to be more my liking, especially because of Dear Prudie.]
Poor people! I'm saying that about people who have probably clocked more time than I did. Anyway, here's a surprise to me, at least:
Randa Jarrar, presumably of Middle Eastern origins takes issue with white women performing the belly dance, calling this a "cultural appropriation." Using this same rationale, break dancing should be limited to African-Americans, the limbo to Caribbean peoples, line dancing for Texans, the Polka and pole dancing to Poles, and the Shag only for people carrying valid South Carolina driver's licenses. Should the Virginia reel be performed only in Virginia, or only by Virginians, or both?
And, mon Dieu, if you're not French you have no right to make croissants! Let's be upfront about this cultural appropriation stuff.
Anyway, belly dancing was a fad several years ago. It was a popular rec center class in various places in the South, reckoned as a bit behind the curve as compared to the pace-setting East and West coasts. I even briefly took a class; but purchased no belly dancing ensemble. Anyway, when is one going to be called on to belly dance? At a church social, if you're a hardshell Baptist or charismatic Catholic or Presbyterian? I think the idea of Presbyterians doing belly dancing causes me to wonder about what was in my coffee.
Talk about 'cultural appropriation'? Look at St. Patrick's Day. Begorrah!
So I say, lighten up, ponder, or dawlin'!
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