14.4.17

THE PUNCHLINE IS STILL "STIRRUPS."

Malcolm Kline of Accuracy in Academia notes that hoop earrings have been with us since, at least, Ur.  The snowflakes of today lamenting cultural appropriation?  Late to the party.
And, yes, hoop earrings were eventually adopted by Latinas in the United States. Starting in the 1980s, young working-class Hispanic women in Southern California donned wide earrings — alongside baggy shirts and nameplate necklaces — as symbols of pride and struggle. They didn’t ‘invent’ hoop earrings; instead, they invested the earrings with a new set of meanings.
The Official Preppy Handbook, and the joke with the aforementioned punchline predate that.

Perhaps all contemporary humans ought apologize to Neanderthals for appropriating their decorations.

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