I for one am fed up with this cultural appropriation bullshit.
Call the stretching exercises something else. Like Stretching Exercises based on Yoga.
I guess all the TaeKwondo, Karate and Kung-fu schools are going to have to close too.
more studying languages other than your own or reading books, watching
movies outside your own culture. Better yet outside your own particular
identity group classification.
conformity to your designated identity community is mandatory otherwise
you could be labeled as having a psychiatric disorder called ODD
(Opposition Defiant Disorder).
Wait I saw
movies from this dystopian nightmare. The series is called Divergent
and is based on a young adult series by the same name.
me. Being anti-authority/questioning authority/not being a good
sheeple makes one mentally ill in the Brave New World Order. Resisting
the 24/7 programming is being ... Well for want of a better term
I should have known I was in
deep shit some 20 years ago when I faced ostracism for resisting the
ideology of the Transgender Borg Collective
up in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in a place where I was immersed
in the history of the American Revolution I considered my rights and
freedom to decide things for myself to be innate, as natural as a breath
of mountain air. I saw myself as an individual endowed with with basic
rights including the ability think for myself.
they can't study things and learn for themselves about the world around
them is the worst sort of totalitarianism. It imposes ignorance and
places that ignorance on a pedestal of correct thinking.
give a shit if it is the right wing denying the importance to others of
their particular holidays that come at the end of the year or denying
sex education or denying climate change. Fuck those who claim sacred
status for yoga and other exercise techniques. Fuck those who demand
the world conform to their particular ideology. Fuck those who demand the world conform to their particular ideology. I
don't give a shit if it is so called progressives demanding I believe
their bullshit and accommodate their ultra sensitivities.
can believe what ever the fuck you want. But I will go to war to
defend my right to believe something different if my learning and life
experiences have taught me something different.
From The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/23/university-yoga-class-canceled-because-of-oppression-cultural-genocide/
In studios across the nation, as many as 20 million Americans practice yoga every day. Few worry that their downward dogs or warrior poses disrespect other cultures.
yoga comes from India, once a British colony. And now, at one Canadian
university, a yoga class designed to include disabled students has been
canceled after concerns the practice was taken from a culture
that “experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to
colonialism and western supremacy,” according to the group that once
In a telephone interview with The Washington Post,
Jennifer Scharf, who taught the class for up to 60 people at the
University of Ottawa, said she was unhappy about the decision, but
“This particular class was intro to beginners’ yoga
because I’m very sensitive to this issue,” she said. “I would never want
anyone to think I was making some sort of spiritual claim other than
the pure joy of being human that belongs to everyone free of religion.”
The trouble began on Sept. 7. That’s when Scharf, who said she had taught a class since 2008 through the school’s Centre for Students with Disabilities — part of the university’s Student Federation — got an e-mail.
have unfortunate news,” the e-mail from a student representative of the
center read. “Apparently our centre has chosen not to do yoga for
programming this year. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns
in regards to this and I am welcome to explain. Thank you so much for
volunteering to do yoga over the past couple years. It has truly been
wonderful and I hope to stay in touch in the future.” (Scharf provided
the e-mail exchange to The Post, but removed the name of the
representative so the person could not be identified, saying: “I don’t
want to get anyone in trouble.” A message sent to the representative’s
e-mail address was not immediately returned.)
Scharf was sorry to hear of the cancellation — attributed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to the University of Ottawa Student Federation, which describes itself as the “instrument of political action” for the undergraduate population at the university.
disappointing news for sure, is there someone I can speak to about
this?” she wrote. “Do you know why the decision was made? I don’t mind
doing it for free so if money is a concern, that’s no problem.”
Money was not a concern, however. Culture was.
think that our centre agreed … that while yoga is a really great idea,
accessible and great for students, that there are cultural issues of
implication involved in the practice,” the response read. “I have heard
from a couple students and volunteers that feel uncomfortable with how
we are doing yoga while we claim to be inclusive at the same time.”
Explaining that yoga has a fraught history, the representative continued.
has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being
practiced and what practices from what cultures (which are often sacred
spiritual practices) they are being taken from,” the e-mail read. “Many
of these cultures are cultures that have experienced oppression,
cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western
supremacy, and we need to be mindful of this and how we express
ourselves and while practicing yoga.”
Continue reading at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/11/23/university-yoga-class-canceled-because-of-oppression-cultural-genocide/