Bindi politics have been around for centuries and is one of the greatest forms of gender-based oppression in our society. I know. I am the daughter of a widow.
I grew up without an Indian mother or community, so there's a lot I don't know about being an Indian woman. But I did know the bindi held significance because my nani wore a simple red one every day.
Why shouldn't the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I've listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won't be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi.
Apparently, it is particularly dusty at the celebrity promenade also known as Coachella. So dusty, in fact, that Vanessa Hudgens has what appear to be tan lines, but are actually dust lines from her bindi.