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  1. Re the choice of the word “theft,” that’s how the Aborigine men themselves described it. Also, I imagine there is an exceedingly fine line between “sympathetic imitative magic” and “cultural appropriation.” ;)

  2. That last part reminds me of a quote by a woman writing pulp comics in the 50s: “Women are only allowed to write about womanly things. It’s men that are allowed to write about being human.”

    Discussions of these similar sacralities, but the men’s being borrowed from the women, makes me think of things like the Sun dance, or certain tribes having men pass stones to simulate what women go through with childbirth. That sort of honoring is likewise sympathetic, not theft.

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