Someone’s Prom Dress Is Not Your Culture

Posted on: Wed, 05/02/2018 - 00:07 By: Tom Swiss

From my Patheos blog The Zen Pagan:

Someone’s Prom Dress Is Not Your Culture (The Zen Pagan)

Well, the Internet is all upset over a dress again. But this time it’s not the color of the dress that’s the issue, it’s the color of the wearer.

A white young lady in Utah wore a Chinese cheongsam style dress to her prom and, this being 2018, tweeted pictures.

Now, I am not the fashion police — my idea of high style is a black Utilikilt and a purple top hat — and my own prom was over 30 years ago. So I am not going to comment on whether the dress was stylistically appropriate.

But a dress of a design with Asian roots, with a wearer who is a white girl from Utah — well, friends, you know what this led to charges of: “cultural appropriation”.