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I do hope this posts. I do not agree with this post. “My” quote, which is pulled from a text written by a POC affected, was used. This is very dismissive and silences the voice of POC who have said over and over that this hurts them. This is not ok.
Thank you for providing the quote from Ramon A. Gutierrez about the term being questioned. Your comment from the public Didymos Facebook business page was included to ensure the context of the quote was kept intact, and to share both sides of the debate. All proper channels were taken to ensure the quote follows proper citation standards. Thank you for your contribution.
“death threats” More like there are master manipulators who have twisted words and put words in people’s mouth all in an effort to maintain white supremacy.
So you found some PoC that are ok with the wrap and that negates the actual theft of an entire culture and the oppression that many PoC suffered from by this brand? That’s terrible.
Hi Catilin, as you can see in the article, I sourced opinions from the voices who matter, with varying opinions and stances on the situation at hand. I made sure to include quotes from people who associate with the culture being referenced, who have opinions from both sides of the debate. The goal is to make sure their voices are heard, not to be the ones to decide which ones are correct or matter more. If you have contacts who would like to share their side of the story, I am happy to listen.
Thank you for this beautiful post. I am as well standing with Didymos and I will keep on using those beautiful wraps and teaching others how to use them.
Thank you for your support.
Do you have permission to use the words of the women you’ve quoted here?
Hi Amanda, all quotes in the article have been included according to proper citing standards.
Shame on you. You claim to make space, yet you only highlight the voices that agree with you. You share direct quotes without permission and refuse to respect the initial author’s request when asked. This is not a situation that occurred this week. This has been years, decades even, in the making. It came to a head now, but that does not mean it only began and ended this week. I am embarrassed to be a Canadian Babywearer when this is written and I fall under the same category.
Beverly, as you see in the article, I sourced many varying opinions to ensure each side of the debate was represented. In short, it is the opinions of those from the culture being referenced that matter, and it is important that we ensure their voices are heard regardless of the side they stand for. This is not the first time something like this has occurred, but if we all work together and respect the voices of those that need to be heard, we can move towards a world without this type of situation.
Please note that all quotes used in the article have been sourced according to proper citation standards.
Do you mind if I share your link? I find you’re saying things in a beautiful manner, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you
Hi Natalia, I would love for you to share the article. Thank you for your kind words.
The issue with using a derogatory term as the name of the wrap is while it may have been “oh. This is a pretty name,” at first, once they were made aware, changing the name and acknowledging their mistake should have been a no brainer. Just because some POC aren’t offended by the term doesn’t give everyone else carte blanche to use it. It might be another story if the company using the term were comprised of and run by indigenous people, but as it isn’t the use of the term isn’t defensible.
I agree, the name needs to be changed because of its connotations. However, just because Didy isn’t comprised entirely of indigenous people, doesn’t mean they cannot take inspiration from a beautiful culture and create a product.
I am keeping mine and continue to love it. It was the first wrap I ever bought for my first baby. It has since wrapped his brother and will wrap my little one due in March. I stumbled upon this argument in a babywearing group when I unknowingly recommended a Didymos Prima(Indio) to a mom looking for recommendations. My comment was taken down and I received a nasty message from administrator that told me that they no longer promoted that wrap and that they were recommending that we stop using our and taking them out of our lending libraries. The hate and negative comments I found was amazing, and most everyone commenting wasn’t even from that ethnic background. 🙁
Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad you want to continue using your wrap.
What garbage. As a fellow Canadian Im embarrassed by this. Has the whole lesson of Truth and Reconciliation gone over your head? Dismissing the hurt of a minority group you are not part of to justify your own actions in deplorable, as is using the words of those who have spoken up against them.
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Thank you for your kind words Miranda.
So well put! Thank you so much for a logical and unbiased article! As a woman with family from several different indigenous tribes I find people can be very uneducated in their opinions and blinded by group think. Love hearing both sides of a debate as that’s how it should be. Much love from middle america.
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One thing surprises me: ALL the models are Caucasian (on your own pictures or the blog comparing the models — footnote #2)! Are those products sold in America? I had no idea Lillébaby made those!
About your article, I agree: we should definitely support the parents to babywear with what they already own (if it’s secure, of course!). It may not be the most comfortable option available, but if they are happy with it, there is no point in making them buy something else!
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