1.30.2014

Dear Skinny Yoga Girl, Can You Do This?

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  1. Like my Momma used to say: Shake it, but don't break it! I know of no white woman equipped (rhythmically) to work it like Women Of Color. Yes, White women continue to appropriate our culture, but in this area, they’re forever poised on the outside looking in. Every move they make is expressed in Envy, for there are none like us. Excellent Post.

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    1. I don't even know why the bony heffas showed up to that "workshop" (*cue eyes rolling*). Only the chubbiest white girl had anything to shake.

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    2. And they fail utterly. It’s not just the mechanics, it’s the cultural nuance that they lack (Ann Pennington comes to mind).

      From Zora Neale Hurston’s: "The Characteristics of Negro Expression" (1934)
      “Speaking of the use of Negro material by white performers, it is astonishing that so many are trying it, and I have never seen one yet entirely realistic. They often have all the elements of the song, dance, or expression, but they are misplaced or distorted by the accent falling on the wrong element. Every one seems to think that the Negro is easily imitated when nothing is further from the truth. Without exception I wonder why the black-face comedians are black-face; it is a puzzle--good comedians, but darn poor niggers. Gershwin and the other "Negro" rhapsodists come under this same axe. Just about as Negro as caviar or Ann Pennington's athletic Black Bottom. When the Negroes who knew the Black Bottom in its cradle saw the Broadway version they asked each other, "Is you learnt dat new Black Bottom yet?" Proof that it was not their dance.”

      Course I’m sure in their minds they were emulating an authentic African expression to take back to America and teach it in posh clubs (much like Yoga Girl’s) as if they were experts.

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    3. The women in this video aren't large, but I think it perfectly shows how having something to shake makes a BIG difference. I loved this...
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW9uZ67BWis
      It's like black people can take anything and just make it BETTER.

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  2. White people and their appropriation of yoga - don't even get me started. I'm South Asian, and most of my family does yoga. I grew up around yoga, and it absolutely disgusts and infuriates me that people of color are deliberately pushed out of these spaces in the U.S. Most white people don't know *shit* about the history/roots of the practice. Yoga is DESIGNED for every body type and able-ness imaginable. Yes, designed. I can't stress this enough. There are hundreds of poses, chants, and breathing techniques, and each can be modified to suit your needs. That's the beauty of the practice.This is why you will hardly ever see a yoga guru (teacher) in South Asia who is not well into their 50s or 60s or 70s. It takes time and commitment to even begin to understand the fluidity of yoga. It is not about excercise, but about connecting with one's self and with the earth. Last I checked, skinny, whiny, white ladies did not have a monopoly on spirituality. Oh, and guess what. Yoga is not meant to be practiced in "high-wasted bike shorts" and a bra. This has less to do with modestly and "those backward brown people", and more to do with the fact that tight clothing is believed to inhibit energy flow during meditation. Trust me, I can go on and on about the racism, classism, and body-policing in how "yoga" is practiced here.

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    1. White people and their appropriation of yoga - don't even get me started. ...It takes time and commitment to even begin to understand the fluidity of yoga. It is not about excercise, but about connecting with one's self and with the earth. Last I checked, skinny, whiny, white ladies did not have a monopoly on spirituality. Oh, and guess what.

      Oh, please...by all means...get started. Write a damn guest post. White appropriation and the subsequent rewriting of history and purpose have pushed me to my tether. These people act like yoga, tofu, soy milk, and yogurt are all about them.

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    2. “White people and their appropriation of yoga - don't even get me started. I'm South Asian, and most of my family does yoga. I grew up around yoga, and it absolutely disgusts and infuriates me that people of color are deliberately pushed out of these spaces in the U.S.”

      Problem is (as with many whites) if it’s being taught by a white person then it must be Authentic.

      “Surely this woman was noticing all of these things and judging me for them, stereotyping me, resenting me—or so I imagined.”

      I can hear her now. “Poor heavy-set black woman, it must make her furious to know that no matter how hard she works, or no matter how much weight she loses- she’ll never reach the pinnacle of perfection that my svelt frame so obviously represents. It just makes me weep!”

      Oh the everyday lament of privileged white women, how they suffer so. Their everyday trials are the stuff of infamy. It must have been hell for Yoga Girl (all-dogged-down) while a heavyset black woman, roasting in a bubbling moat of her inferiority invaded her citadel of tranquility. To be subjected to her self-imagined stares and envious slights over her scrawny white frame must have shaken her to her very core.

      “I thought about how that must feel: to be a heavyset black woman entering for the first time a system that by all accounts seems unable to accommodate her body.

      Or rather:
      “I thought about how that must feel: to be a heavyset black woman entering for the first time a system that by all accounts seems Unwilling to Tolerate her Race, let alone her Thick Black Body.

      It’s good to know that once Yoga Girl’s ordeal was over she could rush home and have a good cry. Poor thing (They’re very fragile you know). Why any fool could see it’s obviously the black woman’s fault for making her feel this way. It’s the black woman’s fault for being black in a white space. In allowing the dismal shadow of her oppression to obfuscate the lily-whiteness of Yoga Girl’s privilege. Sadly, you have a better chance of teaching calculus to a dog than getting most white people to concede to the aftertaste of their privilege.

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  3. I have seen some 300-lb sistahs back it up, drop it LOW and hit a split...and men go crazy.

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    1. and men go crazy

      And because white people are so obsessed with being skinny, they're highly resistant to this.

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    2. "And because white people are so obsessed with being skinny, they're highly resistant to this."

      Repulsed by it is more like it. But personally, give me an Ample, Corpulent- Womanly..."Thick!" Copious, Shapely woman any day of the week (including Sundays).

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    3. Yeah. Its funny how I've actually seen women about that size outdo some of these skinny ones.When I was in school there was a girl who was a cheerleader that was 200 lbs. She did splits so easily. Some of the skinner girl struggled with a kick. She was one of the most popular girls of our school

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  4. White women need to get over themselves. Seriously. If you have white women that think about their looks and how everyone, especially black women, are jealous of them in their own little world, it speaks volumes about how they see themselves and others, that they are object of desire for all men while WOC wish to be them. Yawn!

    Nothing is more unattractive than a person who thinks he/she is all that. It's ugly when they believe other people are mad at them for it. And it's downright hideous when they mask it as a let's-help-those-poor-people-who-aren't-as-blessed-as-me attitude. On top of that, they use cultural appropriation which will boast their bloated egos. They will likely think they can twerk and do yoga better than the originators and the experts, and look irresistible and sexy doing it. Please. Remember Miley Cyrus' twerking fiasco? I do, and seeing pictures of that still makes me uneasy in the stomach.

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  5. “Please. Remember Miley Cyrus' twerking fiasco? I do, and seeing pictures of that still makes me uneasy in the stomach.”

    Looking at pictures of her with that tongue hanging out her mouth like some panting collie aggravated my short-term memory.

    “Please. Remember Miley Cyrus' twerking fiasco? I do, and seeing pictures of that still makes me uneasy in the stomach.”

    Well stated. Looking at pictures of her with that tongue hanging out her mouth (whew, déjà vu) like some panting collie made my short-term memory act up.

    “Please. Remember Miley Cyrus' twerking fiasco? I do, and seeing pictures of that still makes me uneasy in the stomach.”

    Oh mercy, looking at pictures of her (with that tongue hanging out her mouth like some panting collie) was not good for my Fictional… short-term memory (that's how bad she was).

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    1. Miley Cyrus' tongue has more ass and was a better twerker than she was LOL!

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    2. I think the best description of Miley Cyrus's "twerking" was that she looked like she was using her bottom to wipe a glass window.
      And I need assless white girls to stop wearing coochie cutters. So gross.

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  6. "Miley Cyrus' tongue has more ass and was a better twerker than she was LOL!"

    So on point!!

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  7. I'm pretty sure skinny yoga girl can't do this either(and neither can this back girl, SMH). This girl is white but not skinny and she is getting it for real...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbcoh5hre74

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