Then, at fourteen, I spent a semester at a ski program in Switzerland. I found myself gazing at the Alps wondering what possessed Hannibal to attempt them with his herd of elephant! This country with four official languages, had 450 different varieties of Swiss cheese, with further “variety within the varieties”, which the locals told me was a combination of vegetation and techniques passed from one generation to the next. We studied European history, and Swiss Mountain Guides taught us how to read snow and avalanche conditions. We watched weather to predict whether we would be skiing ice or powder from the way the crystals set up on our jackets. By then, I was a reader but reading comprehension alone could not have guaranteed success in these places. Thanks to my dyslexia, I had the foundation to employ multiple paths of engagement, which helped me draw as much meaning out of these experiences as possible.
That has to be one of the most grotesquely entitled things I’ve read on the internet this year. Get the chip off your shoulder, Yasmin Leigh.
Women of all colours, creeds, races, shapes and sizes have been doing this for centuries.
It’s not owned by your culture and how dare you accuse someone of ignorance, when your own ignorance and bad attitude absolutely reeks of self indulgent posturing.
Speaking of cultural misappropriation, can someone please tell Beyonce to stop wearing fake long blonde hair, it’s so offensive to white people that black women insist on wigs, extensions and weaves to fake having beautiful long hair. Just be yourselves and stop obsessing over white culture.