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Is wearing a bindi cultural appropriation?

Bindis are a popular accessory worn by South Asian women, but they are being increasingly worn by Western women as a fashion accessory. There is increasing debate about whether this use is cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation.

Anyone can wear a bindi

While bindis originate in South Asian cultures, there is no reason they cannot be worn by people elsewhere.

A bindi is a fashion accessory

Bindis are often worn for fashion purposes, and so should be allowed to be worn by anyone.

Bindis should only be worn by people of Southeast Asian origin

Bindis hold special significance in some South Asian cultures and should not be worn by those who do not understand its cultural or spiritual signifiance.

Bindis hold special cultural and spiritual signifiance

Bindis should not be worn by people who are not members of the culture that it originates from.
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