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The child wandered through
a dilapidated neighborhood
with strength in her smile and
youth in her eyes. A shawl kept
her warm, vibrant hues refusing
to fade away despite the smears
of ashen grey here and there.
She cradled a rusty music box in
tiny hands. It played an out-of-tune
melody, reminiscent of days long
gone and comfort out of reach.

A conversation with her, however,
would tell you that all hope has not
gone up in smoke; that there is still
a liveliness found within children from
shattered shelters, an innocence
that cannot be torn away as
easily as child from mother.

Yes, there is hope in a
generation that still lives on.
Noor ShirazieThe Spirit of Kabul (via aestheticintrovert)
What makes the non-South Asian person’s use of the bindi problematic is the fact that a pop star like Selena Gomez wearing one is guaranteed to be better received than I would if I were to step out of the house rocking a dot on my forehead. On her, it’s a bold new look; on me, it’s a symbol of my failure to assimilate. On her, it’s unquestionably cool; on me, it’s yet another marker of my Otherness, another thing that makes me different from other American girls. If the use of the bindi by mainstream pop stars made it easier for South Asian women to wear it, I’d be all for its proliferation — but it doesn’t. They lend the bindi an aura of cool that a desi woman simply can’t compete with, often with the privilege of automatic acceptance in a society when many non-white women must fight for it.
Beyond Bindis: Why Cultural Appropriation Matters (via galifreyy)

On point, thank you!

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