Interesting. It’s like “Maxim” for the “noble savages.” Interesting concept. I understand the logic behind it: participate in American pop culture by re-appropriating Caucasian terminology already in circulation, thus ameliorating it’s derogatory valences. The problem with that is that traditional native american culture becomes further absorbed into capitalist ideology and commodity fetishism. That’s the price one pays for acceptance: the substitution of subjectivity for commodity.
Posted 20 Sep 2007 at 12:24 pm
It’s possible that “Redskin” is taking their naming idea from a Jewish pop culture magazine called “Heeb” (http://www.heebmagazine.com/). They get to say that they are reclaiming an offensive term with the added benefit of making a play on words for their Maxim-style skin mag. Still racist and obnoxious, but they probably do think they are being all hipster and ironic in that sad 90s way.
Posted 20 Sep 2007 at 2:11 pm
Redskin still means the same thing as the N word and being part Native, this really pisses me off. It doesn’t matter if its Native produced. One group of money grubbing sexist Indians doesn’t speak for the majority. Even most Black people are dropping use of the N-word. I live in MD and can’t stand and won’t go see the DC team, even though my mother is a 3rd generation native Washingtonian and all my relatives are there.
This is not what the Native community needs. If you want to see beautiful Native women, they are probably all around you and look like you. Native women look like all races and the beauty of the Native community is the diversity in the tribes and families. We need to see the beauty in the women who are teachers and doctors and clerks and at powwows and who are artists and who care for their families with almost nothing and who go to college and who read these blogs and write the truth. Not in objectifying young women for men to ogle at. This does not lift up a people, it does not dignify us either.
Posted 21 Sep 2007 at 8:55 am