‘splains a lot…
Ethnomasochism is the act of taking pleasure in contemplating the humiliation, subordination, or annihilation of one’s own ethnicity or race.
…The full-blown modern style of ethnomasochism is, like many other psychosocial pathologies, a product of Anglo-American progressivism.
…The phrase “noble savage” goes back two centuries…
… “the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own.”
–W. S. Gilbert wrote (in a real musical)
(CNN) — They’re familiar characters in the debate over controversial Halloween costumes: suicide bombers, geishas, gangsta rappers, rednecks and sexy nurses.
There’s a discussion? Who knew?
“It’s like dressing up as the Greek goddess Athena and paying tribute to a specific character instead of impersonating a stereotype that doesn’t represent the culture as a whole,”
…”One is mythology, and the other is a stereotype that comes with a lot of baggage,” said feminist blogger Veronica Arreola, assistant director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender at University of Illinois at Chicago.
No, I did not make that up.
“Spanish-language media bring in programs from Central and South America on a daily basis that portrays Latinas in this very sexy, provocative way. For people channel-surfing who are not familiar with the Latino community, those images stay in their mind,” [Marisa Treviño, founder and publisher of Latina Lista] said.
So it is your culture…
It’s an argument similar to the one an Ohio University student group made last year in its “We’re a culture, not a costume” campaign that spoke out against dressing up as racial and ethnic stereotypes. The campaign went viral, generating memes often more offensive than the original images and sparking debate over the line between distasteful and playful.
Oh Teh Horrrrorororororrrr. Stigmatized as a Calculus-comprehending noodle eater.
Where’s the wife/sister/cousin and the Tea Bag?
It’s not just a concern for Latinos, Arreola said. It’s something that all women should think about before they decide to dress as a sexy anything: geisha or farmer’s daughter.
Hey! I’m offeeeended!! …I’m told.
“There are costumes that take both of those problems and push them together and we need to deal with them,” she said. “It’s getting outrageous.”
Well, there’s always this.