Friday, November 12, 2010

proud to be a savage

Headlines that promote stereotypes are often insidious and sometimes not. In the name of humour they use the headlines to attract attention but is that what they are really doing? From their world view it is an insult, a derogatory term that puts the boot in (that's where the humour and wittisim is) - they would be horrified and insulted if someone called them that. But that's not the way we need to take it - there are many examples where groups have reclaimed the hate-filled words used to insult them and turned them into positive expressions of membership of that group. This has happened successfully within sexuality, disability, gender and ethnic struggles. It is time for indigenous people to reclaim some more of the insults they try to use on us.

From Stuff
"Samoan PM savages Air NZ"
The word 'savage' needs to be reclaimed. Let's turn their ideas of superiority around and reclaim their 'insults' and turn them into our proclamations of identity.

Savage as a noun means a "person regarded as primitive or uncivilized." As an adjective it means "Not domesticated or cultivated; wild".


I am proud to be a savage, I love being not domesticated or cultivated, it's great to be wild and primitive, I bask in my uncivilised nature. We can all be savages.


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Marty,
Good one. Being Wild and Primitive is something we should all aspire to being more connected to within us. Perhaps if we were there would not be so much tripe out their about ripping the guts out of our Papatuanuku. Well stated.

Marty Mars said...

Thanks Robb - You are so right.

feddabonn said...

damn right.

Marty Mars said...

This post ties into a comment you made many moons ago baruk, I have listened and learnt e hoa.