Are racist hipsters outdoing new-agers in re-appropriating cultures these days? This video on Hipster Racism got me thinking about what it means to be a hipster – a culturally phenomenon that’s become really popular with Millenials – and what that means in terms of privilege, race, class, and power.
Yoga is the perfect example of how a piece of another culture, in this case Indian culture & history, can be re-appropriated and exploited for mass consumption. I doubt that Indian yogis hundreds of years ago intended for their practice to later be sold in $500/month classes – plus the $150 lululemon pants.
Is it possible to appreciate and practice parts of other cultures without re-appropriating and (often inadvertently) disrespecting them?