John Bird 
Member since Oct 25, 2012


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Re: “Playing Indian

I'm not sure if this was the original meaning of Hallowe'en, but I do believe that in medieval Europe there was a day every year when peasants would dress as bishops, princes, etc., and act out inappropriate behaviour.

I'm not completely convinced that was a good idea either, as I think it sometimes became an excuse for sexual assault, however I also believe the original point was to give some power to the powerless in society to deflate the powerful (if only in a satirical sense and only for one day). But when we dress up in sexualized and stereotyped representations of marginalized peoples like First Nations or Rom, we are no longer challenging a hierarchical status quo but reinforcing it.

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Posted by John Bird on 10/25/2012 at 5:02 PM

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