How to talk about cultural appropriation in an age of cultural change

In an age where cultural appropriation is a real thing, and where people are using the internet and social media to spread their ideas, it’s time to rethink how we talk about and discuss it.

Here are the 10 most important points about cultural change and appropriation, as we move towards a more accepting world.


You cannot call yourself ‘cultural appropriation’ unless you have been culturally affected.

The most basic definition of cultural appropriation, which can be found in the dictionary definition, is a form of appropriation in which one group appropriates the ideas, culture, and symbols of another.

The definition of appropriation can be used to define how we use language and how we treat other groups.


There is no definition of culture or culture-free.

We are not born into a culture.

We do not choose what we wear or how we dress, nor do we get to choose what is and isn’t in our body.

Our bodies are not our own and we are not free of them.

If you have ever felt you are ‘cultural-free’, then you are not.

It’s not that you are the only one who has felt this way, but that you have experienced this way yourself.

This is the reason why it is so important to have a shared vocabulary with other people, as well as the reason for why this can be so challenging.

The term ‘cultural freedom’ can be defined as ‘a set of values that protect and promote individual rights, freedoms and responsibilities in a way that is free from government interference, discrimination, and abuse of power.’


It is impossible to be ‘cultural’ without using a word.

Words can only be used as a means of making things easier for people, rather than for them to express themselves.

A cultural appropriation can only occur when the word itself is being used as an insult.

The word ‘culture’ itself is also an insult and therefore not acceptable.

‘Cultural’ itself can also be used in a negative way, such as ‘offensive’ or ‘offensive to the community.’


It isn’t okay to have an opinion without knowing what it means.

In fact, this is the biggest misconception people have about the word ‘cultural’.

This means that cultural appropriation has no place in Australian society.

It can be an act of cultural vandalism, for example by using it as a punch line or as a way to create conflict between different groups of people.


If it is cultural appropriation that you want to say, you should use a different word.

‘You have a cultural heritage’ is a way of saying you have ‘a shared cultural heritage’.

The use of the word culture is also not appropriate in Australia, as it does not take into account cultural differences between people.

In some cases, it is actually offensive and can even be offensive to people who have a different cultural background, which is why the word is not appropriate for use in the context of cultural discourse.


It doesn’t matter if you think someone is culturally appropriating, it does matter if they are saying it as an act or as an opinion.

If they are using a term like ‘cultural heritage’, you should ask them to clarify.

If someone is saying ‘I am not appropriating anything’, you can say, ‘I think you are appropriating a bit of my culture, but I’m not going to go there.

I’m going to say that we have a common cultural identity that is different to your own.’

If they don’t understand that, then they might feel they have no cultural identity at all.


It does not matter if it is an academic work or a personal piece of work.

If a cultural work is being published, it should be presented as such.

It should not be used for an opinion piece.

It might be a good idea to ask them, ‘Why are you using this work as an argument against your own views?

What are you trying to prove?’

It might also be worth asking them, if they have not thought through their use of their own work, ‘What are you arguing for?’.


If your work is an article about something else, it doesn’t have to be about your own culture.

If there is no clear reason for what your work does, then it doesn: be ‘an opinion piece’ in a context where the argument is about something different.

It could be about how people are responding to the recent election, or how people respond to certain forms of racism.


It will make it difficult to have any kind of conversation with people who are uncomfortable with your culture.

The use in this context is an example of how cultural appropriation becomes ‘the same old story’, and can be misinterpreted as a kind of ‘I don’t want to talk to you, I don’t know what you’re talking about’.


It won’t be OK to ‘say’ something about your culture in a public place.

This applies to