Okay, this is something that seriously keeps popping up, whether I'm perusing normal news or not.
Here, let me present this:
There are several other posters out there for this movement, but obviously this one is most pertaining to our discussion at hand.
I've seen several sides of the argument already.
- Geisha not indicative of Japanese culture, so it's okay. Bad costume or not.
- Geisha not indicative of Japanese culture, but not okay for a bad, inauthentic costume. An authentic costume is aok.
- Dressing as a Geisha is not okay. At all. It says bad things.
- Dressing in kimono is okay.
- Dressing in kimono is not okay as it reduces the kimono to nothing more than a costume.
- Dressing in a kimono is never okay. Even outside of Halloween. It's cultural appropriation.
Now, I'm not expressing my opinion quite yet, though I'm sure some of the bias can already be seen. I'm terribly terrible, I know.
That said, on the walk to class, I saw a gal in the blue and black, dragon mini dress 'Geisha costume.' Oh deary.
So, what's everyone's thoughts? Please, be in depth!