Anonymous asked: hi. i saw your post about urban outfitters and i just have a question to ask. im a teenaged black female, and i have bindis that have been given to me from a friend who is bengali. i don't feel like it's right of me to wear as i don't want to disrespect a culture by doing so, but at the same time I feel bad for not wearing these gifts from my friend as she asks why i haven't worn any yet. am i doing the right thing by not wearing it? :c
Hey! Of course nobody can tell you what to do or whether or not what you’re doing is the “right thing” because it’s all relative, but I think it’s inappropriate to wear a bindi if it’s not part of your personal cultural background. You could thank your friend for sharing a part of her life with you but also let her know that you want to respect the cultural significance of the bindi by not wearing it. I’m sure your friend will understand and maybe even think a little more highly of you for being such a rad person that appreciates how much these symbols mean to her and people of her same background!