You never go Full Mundane.
…Oh, sorry: ‘Mundane’ is a specialized slur found in the fandom/SCA/geek community: it translates to Not a fan/SCAdian/geek. Mundane is in fact a rather rude slur; you’re not supposed to call people by that in public. I may get yelled at, in fact, for calling Ms. Randa Jarrar a mundane, but I don’t particularly care. She started it:
Why I can’t stand white belly dancers
Whether they know it or not, white women who practice belly dance are engaging in appropriation
Let me just head off this rant of hers at the pass, since I happen to belong to the SCA (a group that numbers belly dancing among its past-times): contrary to Ms. Jarrar’s sneer, it’s been my experience that ‘white*’ belly dancers are perfectly aware of the culture whose past-time they have adopted. Yes, adopted: ‘appropriation’ is a semantic null word that means I don’t like it when white people decide that other cultures’ stuff is neat. This is why the word is mostly used in this fashion by the radical Left: God knows that group is purely down on anything fun that fails to match their overly rigid definitions…
But I digress.
Normally, I would take this opportunity to suggest that Ms. Jarrar spend some time on actual problems facing women in the Middle East, like human trafficking, honor killings, female genital mutilation, gender-selective abortion, child marriage… oh, the list goes on: but I suspect that the woman would simply be dismissive of such a commonplace observation. So instead I will simply note this: Ms. Jarrar has done some ‘appropriation’ herself. To wit, she has ‘appropriated’ Western expectations and attitudes towards the place of women in society – expectations and attitudes that are both far more expansive and supportive than those commonly found in, say, the Palestinian Authority, as well as (forgive me for noting this) largely worked out by Western women. If we’re going to divvy up cultural stuff by who came up with it first, does Randa Jarrar really want to trade Western feminism for belly dancing? – Because I’m not going to sign off on that trade, even if she would.
PS: I’d also like to note that belly dancing in the SCA is one of those activities that women who are not 23 year old girls with 2% body fat can feel comfortable performing in public. So if we’re going to discuss Ms. Jarrar’s sins against her own ideology, we should probably add ageism and body shaming to the list.
*Irony alert: Ms. Jarrar would probably get huffy and offended if I lumped in her, a Saudi, a Lebanese, and a Moroccan as all being ‘Arabs.’ Caucasians have ethnic, cultural, and even a couple of physical distinctions, too.