Your Chairperson Writes:-
After Pembroke cancelled an 'Around the World in 80 days' themed fancy dress event on the grounds that dressing-up may constitute cultural appropriation, we offer our student members this guide to what is and is not permitted in the Safe Space.
Vicars and tarts - Clerical costume will be offensive to the many victims of child sex abuse in the college, and to parody the serious societal function of sex workers either devalues their calling or disregards the dangers of exploitation. Unacceptable.
Cowboys, Firemen, Policemen, Construction Workers, Native Americans - Any event that includes an assortment of persons in such costumes will be interpreted as a homophobic parody of historical social reformers YMCA. Unacceptable.
Central and South American costume - Whilst ponchos and straw hats have hitherto been considered an easy costume option for poor students, it must be remembered that this constitutes cultural appropriation and perpetuates the real poverty and victim status of everyone living in central and south America. Unacceptable
Nuns - Can be easily mistaken for a parody of our Islamist sisters in Hijabic dress, and this particularly offensive when worn with racy underwear or stockings and suspenders. Also students smoking and drinking alcohol in dress that could be misconstrued as Islamist is clearly not acceptable.
Dracula, vampiric costume - Contrary to historical distortion, Vlad the Impaler was a kind and considerate ruler much concerned with the advancement of the Romanian people, for whom the Victorian distortion of vampirism remains deeply offensive. Unacceptable.
Top Gun / military uniform - Although many young men imagine they look attractive in dress whites, they are perpetuating a myth of US military hegemony. Remember, such men bomb hospitals. Unacceptable.
Bollywood - The recent popularity of Bollywood costumes for both men and young women with flat stomachs belies the unacceptable cultural appropriation involved. Only those of a Brahmin caste Hindu origin may wear such costume.
Native African Dress - For all those imagining they can attend fancy dress events in their pyjamas as 'Nigerian Princes', please be aware that this is unacceptable cultural appropriation.
Animal costumes - Animal costumes, including face-painting, disrespects the relationship we should have with non-human inhabitants of our planet, projects inappropriate power signals and devalues animal rights. Unacceptable.
Students will therefore realise that only full evening dress (tailcoat, stiff shirt, Marcella westcot and white tie) for men and evening gowns for women now constitute acceptable fancy dress
Chairperson, Safe Space Union.