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Parent sparks cultural appropriation baby name debate with Gran nickname

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The internet remains divided after a new mother asked if the name she wanted to give her baby would be defined as cultural appropriation.

Cultural appropriation is defined as borrowing or acquiring from minority or indigenous cultures and their derivatives, and as new parents search for more unusual and unique names for their children, cultural appropriation and baby names have become increasingly popular. Discussions are becoming more frequent.

In a post that currently has over 100 replies, Mumsnet user FoilWrappedBiscuit explains: As a teenager, everyone knew her by a different name, a name that apparently originated from another culture. Let’s call her Parvati. , as everyone knows, for over 70 years.

A stock photo of a baby’s hand (left) and a photo of a pregnant woman listing the baby’s name (right). A woman has sparked a debate about cultural appropriation online after asking if she could name her child after a character in a brownface movie.
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She went on to explain that she got her name from the movie because her grandmother loved the character and thought she was beautiful.

However, a Mumsnet user recently discovered that characters in the film were portrayed in brownface by white actors.

Brownface is a term that refers to the practice of wearing makeup to mimic the appearance of non-white (typically South Asian or Latin American) people as part of a performance.

Practices that were once common in film and theater are now seen as incredibly offensive and are widely condemned.

“This makes me hesitate,” said the poster. But this backstory makes me a little uncomfortable on behalf of my daughter.I have to explain her middle name.But I want to pay tribute to my grandmother. I was thinking of going.

Author of the 2021 paper “Cultural appropriation: What it is and why it matter?” said Rina Arya, Ph.D., professor at the University of Huddersfield, UK Newsweek: “Names are as sacred as language. They are tied to identities. That brings us back to the central issue of cultural appropriation regarding protecting the cultures of minorities and indigenous peoples. ”

However, online, opinions were divided over the choice of the name.

Some commenters were quick to disagree with the idea. “I don’t… I use Doris to honor her because it’s her real name so it’s not pointless,” wrote one Mom’s Net user, while another wrote, “To honor grandma. I will use another name for .It has no value now.” .”

Others, however, failed to understand the harm of using the name and shared their thoughts in the comments.

One user wrote: — reminding me of my grandma, etc. ”

Another commenter said, “I think it’s lovely. It’s meant to be a continuation of the surname rather than mimicking another culture.”

Newsweek was unable to confirm details of the incident.

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