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2013-09-14 05:05:39 PM  
What?
 
2013-09-14 05:12:31 PM  
Mindy Budgor of Santa Barbara, California has a book out about her adventures in Kenya, "training to become the world's first female Maasai warrior" and, naturally....

Boooorrrrrring!
 
2013-09-14 05:14:54 PM  
Yeah, Xeni Jardin is always fiercely competitive of other attention whores vying for her space.
 
2013-09-14 05:15:00 PM  
Why couldn't she just get into indigenous nudity or something?
 
2013-09-14 05:15:21 PM  
I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.
 
2013-09-14 05:17:24 PM  
There are "cultural villages" in Kenya where the poorest tribes live and act as a sort of 24 hour tourist attraction. Visitors can pay to have pretty much any experience they desire. Live with them, eat, dance, rituals whatever. I watched a kid from Jersey get ritual scarring by a real witch doctor as I chatted up the Doc's grandson. It's a pretty sad example of pimping the culture but they need the money. And that kid from Jersey needed his story about "...that time in Africa he became a Masai warrior."

 I have no doubt they would allow a woman to pretend to be just about anything she wanted if the price was right. (probably about 60 bucks)
 
2013-09-14 05:19:06 PM  

limboslam: spear a buffalo


Honestly, if it was a Cape buffalo and she had to spear it by herself with no backup, I'd be impressed.  Doubt that's the case, though.
 
2013-09-14 05:21:30 PM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: There are "cultural villages" in Kenya where the poorest tribes live and act as a sort of 24 hour tourist attraction. Visitors can pay to have pretty much any experience they desire. Live with them, eat, dance, rituals whatever.


Museum Fremen....

/ sad
 
2013-09-14 05:23:34 PM  

media.boingboing.net

LOOK AT ME!
I PAID AFRICANS TO GRANT ME A MEANINGLESS DESIGNATION!


Also, "Chief Motumba, this white woman wants to be a warrior."

"Its good to be the Chief! Tell her the week long ritual of the "making of the beast with two backs" will commence tonight!"
 
2013-09-14 05:24:25 PM  
GIS results in hipster glasses photo within three. Didn't see that coming.
 
2013-09-14 05:25:01 PM  
you're not part of the tribe until NatGeo photographs your tits.
 
2013-09-14 05:25:10 PM  

limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.


Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.
 
2013-09-14 05:25:39 PM  
Cheap Gucci loafers for African refugees. Let them eat leather!
 
2013-09-14 05:26:24 PM  

limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.


So Friday night, then.
 
2013-09-14 05:27:01 PM  
Isn't this kind of like Oprah Winfrey getting an honorary degree from Harvard?
 
2013-09-14 05:29:14 PM  
I clicked to find an Eve Plumb reference, but dang if I can google up a pic of Kalingas wife.
 
2013-09-14 05:30:09 PM  
About as white as Zimmerman
 
2013-09-14 05:31:09 PM  
I've slept on leaves, I've "smothered the goat" almost daily since I turned 12. Before I was married, I was not above "spearing a buffalo" and "bathing with cows". If you know what I mean. And I think you do.
 
2013-09-14 05:31:13 PM  
Great ! Another smug Trustifanarian who can afford to be wiser and more cultured than the rest of us .
 
2013-09-14 05:31:19 PM  
I didn't know the requirements of Maasai warriorship involved crappy fanfiction writing.

I bet the author of 30 Shades of Grey is some sort of tribal chieftain now?
 
2013-09-14 05:31:33 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: About as white as Zimmerman


Actually I take that back. Zimmerman is whiter than she is
 
2013-09-14 05:32:04 PM  

KiwDaWabbit: What?


This. I have no idea WTF the headline is saying.
 
2013-09-14 05:32:08 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-14 05:33:24 PM  
I'd let her strangle my goat all day long.
 
2013-09-14 05:38:17 PM  
Lets hope this coont was infected by some brain eating worm so she can get the full on African experience.
 
2013-09-14 05:39:21 PM  
Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-09-14 05:40:18 PM  
Cultural imperialism at its finest.  I'm sure  she believes that the Maasai accept her as a warrior.  I am equally sure that the Maasai do not share that belief.  She bought an adventure fantasy vacation, which is all well and good; I imagine it was fun for her.  To treat it as anything more than that is silly.
 
2013-09-14 05:41:44 PM  
I became a Maasai warrior before they became mainstream. I joint this other tribe now, you've probably never heard of them
 
2013-09-14 05:46:30 PM  
The Maasai tell tales about the crazy woman who joined them and they watched her puke after drinking blood. It was a humorous tale.
 
2013-09-14 05:47:00 PM  

RoyBatty: Yeah, Xeni Jardin is always fiercely competitive of other attention whores vying for her space.


This.  She's pretty much guilty of everything she said about this woman. Though that goes for pretty much every angry post she makes, which is quite a few.

/Maggie is pretty much the only one left on BB that's worth reading
 
2013-09-14 05:48:54 PM  
this is not how you become a warrior

/this is how you become a FASHIONABLE warrior
 
2013-09-14 05:49:20 PM  
joint? joined  ... post is stoned.
 
2013-09-14 05:49:30 PM  

Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]


what is that from?
 
2013-09-14 05:52:58 PM  
oi43.tinypic.com

/have you checked yours today?
 
2013-09-14 05:53:08 PM  
Hey, Tom Cruise was the last samurai.
 
2013-09-14 05:55:36 PM  

no clever name here just move along: Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]

what is that from?


Castle
 
2013-09-14 05:56:39 PM  

no clever name here just move along: Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]

what is that from?


Nathan Fillion's ABC series Castle.
 
2013-09-14 05:56:49 PM  
Mobius strip of human stupidity:
It's a pretty sad example of pimping the culture but they need the money.

See... it doesn't have to be that way.  About a month ago we were on Manitoulin Island, and pretty much every First Nation on the island has some kind of tourism-related business set up... and none of them treat their culture as cheap entertainment to do so.

Mind you, even Canadian Natives, with all the problems they face, have a lot more money than poor Africans.  Hard to set up a sustainable, culturally-sensitive eco-tourism business when you are flat broke, I imagine.
 
2013-09-14 05:57:47 PM  
ParallelUniverseParking:
I became a Maasai warrior before they became mainstream. I joint this other tribe now, you've probably never heard of them

I think I know that tribe.  They love to put birds on things.
 
2013-09-14 05:58:35 PM  

no clever name here just move along: Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]

what is that from?


Castle.

25.media.tumblr.com

Murder He Wrote sorta thing. With Nathan Fillion, and an awesome cast in general.

/DEATH TO VOLTAR DEATH TO THE VOLTARIANS
 
2013-09-14 05:59:05 PM  
But not without my idiotic dog-bone logo underwear.
 
2013-09-14 06:02:55 PM  
So now she's an honorary American African?


/Right thread, this time?
 
2013-09-14 06:03:34 PM  
Eat Pray Love + Dances With Wolves + ...
blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org
/doesn't sound like shinola
 
2013-09-14 06:04:32 PM  

LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.


the tribe we visited for our "cultural" experience actually drank a mix of cow blood and milk. they most certainly did not offer any to us, as it would have made us sick (not just gross, parasites and things our systems aren't used to fighting.) They were very nice, the younger ones all knew English and were able to explain aspect of their culture, so it wasn't purely a shopping trip (70/30 shopping i'd say.) The guides said they used the cash for medicine and other essential stuff they couldn't get any other way, but I have no idea if they just said that to make us to feel less like we were gawking at the strange natives in exchange for a few bucks
 
2013-09-14 06:05:16 PM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: There are "cultural villages" in Kenya where the poorest tribes live and act as a sort of 24 hour tourist attraction. Visitors can pay to have pretty much any experience they desire. Live with them, eat, dance, rituals whatever. I watched a kid from Jersey get ritual scarring by a real witch doctor as I chatted up the Doc's grandson. It's a pretty sad example of pimping the culture but they need the money. And that kid from Jersey needed his story about "...that time in Africa he became a Masai warrior."

 I have no doubt they would allow a woman to pretend to be just about anything she wanted if the price was right. (probably about 60 bucks)


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-14 06:06:46 PM  
Should be a legally required tatoo......truth in advertising.
i1280.photobucket.com
Kinda goes with those Bat-Shiat-Crazy eyes.
 
2013-09-14 06:06:46 PM  
We brought nothing but the bare essentials (for me, that included a bottle of Chanel Dragon red nail polish-it just made me feel fierce

Wow. Just....wow.
 
2013-09-14 06:07:21 PM  
From the "about" blurb in her book:

"Mindy Budgor is a 2012 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her own business while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, and is moving on to new challenges in New York City. Mindy hopes Warrior Princess will bring attention to her tribe and empower readers to slap complacency in the face and take the reins in their own lives."

Grifters gotta grift.
 
2013-09-14 06:10:34 PM  
That trip was FULL of surprises!

b.vimeocdn.com

Just a little of the top...
 
2013-09-14 06:11:52 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: From the "about" blurb in her book:

"Mindy Budgor is a 2012 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her own business while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, and is moving on to new challenges in New York City. Mindy hopes Warrior Princess will bring attention to her tribe and empower readers to slap complacency in the face and take the reins in their own lives."

Grifters gotta grift.


If I had the funds it takes to not work, fly to and from Africa, and waste some time there, I could do this too.
 
2013-09-14 06:17:53 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: We brought nothing but the bare essentials (for me, that included a bottle of Chanel Dragon red nail polish-it just made me feel fierce

Wow. Just....wow.


I like to think it's just another attempt at sponsor whoring and she doesn't really think that. Otherwise, I don't know what to say.
 
2013-09-14 06:19:58 PM  

tlchwi02: LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.

the tribe we visited for our "cultural" experience actually drank a mix of cow blood and milk. they most certainly did not offer any to us, as it would have made us sick (not just gross, parasites and things our systems aren't used to fighting.) They were very nice, the younger ones all knew English and were able to explain aspect of their culture, so it wasn't purely a shopping trip (70/30 shopping i'd say.) The guides said they used the cash for medicine and other essential stuff they couldn't get any other way, but I have no idea if they just said that to make us to feel less like we were gawking at the strange natives in exchange for a few bucks


See, now that sounds fun.  As long as you know what purpose you serve, learn something new and have fun.  This woman is insufferable and deluded into some false sense of belonging.
/also the red eyes are kinda freaky
 
2013-09-14 06:21:20 PM  

Fluid: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: We brought nothing but the bare essentials (for me, that included a bottle of Chanel Dragon red nail polish-it just made me feel fierce

Wow. Just....wow.

I like to think it's just another attempt at sponsor whoring and she doesn't really think that. Otherwise, I don't know what to say.


I'm guessing she's one of those people who can't separate their own identity from the products they consume. So sad.

/Brought to you by Carl's, Jr.
 
2013-09-14 06:21:21 PM  
and then DEATH, by BOONGA BOONGA!

The Chief has spoken!

The Hero of Shapeir will be sacrificed in Tarna!
 
2013-09-14 06:22:20 PM  
maybe she should have apprenticed to that sikh warrior guy that is the last of his school of fighting, i'm sure he'd give her a good rogering
 
2013-09-14 06:26:02 PM  
Appropriate, coming from
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-14 06:26:28 PM  
Too bad about the crazy, she's kinda cute... wonder if she'd discuss chucking my spear out under the stars in Kenya
 
2013-09-14 06:27:02 PM  
And a bored Massai warrior wondered, "Can I travel to Santa Barbara and become a member of the shopping elite, among the white women?"  And so the warrior travelled to Santa Barbara and wrote a book about the adventure.

That's a book I would buy.
 
2013-09-14 06:28:43 PM  
 A Jewish mother goes to the airport to meet her daughter. The daughter steps off the plane with an eight-foot-tall Maasai warrior with a bone through his nose. The mother screams, "You fool! I said a rich doctor!"
 
2013-09-14 06:29:28 PM  
Stick a ball gag in her mouth, hit it and run.
 
2013-09-14 06:30:01 PM  

AW STANDINGS THIS WEEK:

img.gran-angular.net

FIRST PLACE

media.tumblr.com

SECOND PLACE



/Step up and claim your bronze medal, Mindy!
 
2013-09-14 06:32:02 PM  
How many days into it did she start making Patriarchy allegations?


/I love your culture; it's authentic
//Now change it completely
///You won't?  That's a shootin'
////Exterminate all teh broots
 
2013-09-14 06:33:02 PM  
I have lived in Zenanas, and have seen the daily life of the secluded woman, and I can speak from bitter experience of what their lives are-the intellect dwarfed, so that a woman of twenty or thirty years of age is more like a child of eight, intellectually; while all the worst passions of human nature are stimulated and developed to a Fearful degree: jealousy, envy, murderous hate, intrigue, running to such an extent that in some countries I have hardly ever been to a woman's house without being asked for drugs with which to disfigure the favorite wife, or to take away the life of the favorite wife's infant son.

She's not original...
 
2013-09-14 06:33:11 PM  

jayphat: KiwDaWabbit: What?

This. I have no idea WTF the headline is saying.



I stopped reading BoingBoing over five years ago because of this.  That and the fact that their articles don't pop to a new window and the actual stories are so laden with random links it's hard to remember where I came from if I wanted to check out more than one link.  It boggles the mind. Let me find an example of said headline.

Well what the hell do ya know?  Their most recent headline.

"Kickstarting Hacker Scouts' hackerspace for kids"
Wat?

Next is...
"Urbance: angular, science fictional hip-hop-y animation from Canada "
nubian wut?

But most of the time they are pretty clear.
"A Better Pen"

I dunno, for some reason as I got older I just grew more and more annoyed with the likes of Xeni Jardin and Cory Doctorow.  Cory's book "Something Comes to Town, Something Leaves Town" was pretty good though.  I think that's the name of it...I dunno.  I borrowed it from the library. Because BoingBoing!

I'm being facetious, but seriously sometimes the headlines are just...wat?
 
2013-09-14 06:36:53 PM  

Feel_the_velvet: Isn't this kind of like Oprah Winfrey getting an honorary degree from Harvard?


Right... but Oprah isn't goinv around calling herself a doctor, while this coont is running around calling herself a warrior and selling a book about it.
 
2013-09-14 06:39:38 PM  
Meh, whatever. "Culture" isn't anything that anyone owns the rights to.  Do what you want on your vacation.  If people want to buy a book about it, good for you.
 
2013-09-14 06:40:07 PM  

Apos: AW STANDINGS THIS WEEK:

[img.gran-angular.net image 240x240]

FIRST PLACE

[media.tumblr.com image 500x305]

SECOND PLACE

/Step up and claim your bronze medal, Mindy!


Miley didn't even make the top 3?
 
2013-09-14 06:40:19 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: HotIgneous Intruder: From the "about" blurb in her book:

"Mindy Budgor is a 2012 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her own business while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, and is moving on to new challenges in New York City. Mindy hopes Warrior Princess will bring attention to her tribe and empower readers to slap complacency in the face and take the reins in their own lives."

Grifters gotta grift.

If I had the funds it takes to not work, fly to and from Africa, and waste some time there, I could do this too.


Here's the key (and this is pretty much the concentrated, boiled-down, and distilled contents of an MBA degree, so I me save you and everyone else some fat tuition here by telling you this): OPM.
Other. People's. Money.
You never use your own money to do anything and you always pay yourself first.
That's it, the American grifter's code.
 
2013-09-14 06:40:32 PM  

White_Scarf_Syndrome: I'm being facetious, but seriously sometimes the headlines are just...wat?


That's when I run to the bosom of Buzzfeed, where I know exactly what I'm getting with "Eleven pictures of cats not acting like cats."
 
2013-09-14 06:42:22 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: HotIgneous Intruder: From the "about" blurb in her book:

"Mindy Budgor is a 2012 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her own business while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, and is moving on to new challenges in New York City. Mindy hopes Warrior Princess will bring attention to her tribe and empower readers to slap complacency in the face and take the reins in their own lives."

Grifters gotta grift.

If I had the funds it takes to not work, fly to and from Africa, and waste some time there, I could do this too.

Here's the key (and this is pretty much the concentrated, boiled-down, and distilled contents of an MBA degree, so I me save you and everyone else some fat tuition here by telling you this): OPM.
Other. People's. Money.
You never use your own money to do anything and you always pay yourself first.
That's it, the American grifter's code.


Funny how she omitted that line in her thing. Oh wait, they all do that.
 
2013-09-14 06:44:20 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Apos: AW STANDINGS THIS WEEK:

[img.gran-angular.net image 240x240]

FIRST PLACE

[media.tumblr.com image 500x305]

SECOND PLACE

/Step up and claim your bronze medal, Mindy!

Miley didn't even make the top 3?


Nope.
 
2013-09-14 06:50:32 PM  

RoyBatty: Yeah, Xeni Jardin is always fiercely competitive of other attention whores vying for her space.


Are you saying that's the reason she tries to hide the fact that her actual, legal name is Jennifer Hamm?  Shocked I am, shocked.

Given the regular deletion of her real name from Wikipedia and Google search results, it's a fair guess that she pays a reputation protection service to keep that info scrubbed from most easily searched locations.

/I actually like BoingBoing and read it most days. But yeah, for a paid TV personality to actively cleanse the net of their real name is beyond juvenile.  Ms. Hamm needs to get over her bad self.
 
2013-09-14 06:52:47 PM  

RandomRandom: Are you saying that's the reason she tries to hide the fact that her actual, legal name is Jennifer Hamm?


Comment over there at boinkboink and you'll get whapped into the dustbin.
 
2013-09-14 06:53:46 PM  

Apos: no clever name here just move along: Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]

what is that from?

Nathan Fillion's ABC series Castle.


Oh, I love that show.

www.abload.de
 
2013-09-14 06:54:21 PM  
Daily Mail version

of the article, wherein she declares:

'It took every ounce of my being to hold back the bloody throw-up. It felt like drinking warm whole milk, which I've always refused to do not only because of the obscene amount of calories - but also because I have always had an aversion to thick liquid substances'.


a JAP with an aversion to thick liquid substances? (sadpanda)
 
2013-09-14 06:56:28 PM  
I attended a 3-day program at the Skip Barber Racing School. Drove a modified Dodge Neon. Stayed at a drafty B&B at night. I'm a Formula 1 race car driver! Vroom! Vroom!
 
2013-09-14 06:56:40 PM  
The only reason Xeni wrote about it was that this chick beat her to it.
 
2013-09-14 07:01:41 PM  

T-Boy: And a bored Massai warrior wondered, "Can I travel to Santa Barbara and become a member of the shopping elite, among the white women?"  And so the warrior travelled to Santa Barbara and wrote a book about the adventure.


If this book existed, I'd buy it and read it. I don't know that it'd work, though, because bored Maasai warriors tend not to have the cash to be able to travel to California for months and shop enough to become "elite fashionistas" or whatever.

/next up, tech-literate Maasai puts together a Kickstarter to fund that goal, MTV puts together a reality show chronicling the events, and much silliness happens....
 
2013-09-14 07:01:49 PM  
Which chapter talks about the circumcision and the four months of recovery?
 
2013-09-14 07:02:37 PM  

EngineerAU: RoyBatty: Yeah, Xeni Jardin is always fiercely competitive of other attention whores vying for her space.

This.  She's pretty much guilty of everything she said about this woman. Though that goes for pretty much every angry post she makes, which is quite a few.


/Maggie is pretty much the only one left on BB that's worth reading

Agreed.  Maggie's writing is the main reason I still visit BoingBoing.

Between Xeni's self-unaware posts like this, and Cory recommending without reservation, every horrible thing written by anyone he wants to be friends with, there's little left to like at BoingBoing other than Maggie Koerth-Baker, and she's being poached by the NYT.

I expect it won't be long before BoingBoing can no longer afford her.  She's too good for them.
 
2013-09-14 07:06:18 PM  
MFW reading her drivel:
www.reactionimage.org
 
2013-09-14 07:06:30 PM  
I'm curious if her bare necessities list of pearl earrings and expensive nail polish include colored contacts, because that tone just doesn't look natural.

The whole endeavor is head-slappingly condescending and naive to the point of extreme embarassment, but the desperate attempts at a sponsorship takes it to a whole new level of jaw-dropping patheticness.
 
2013-09-14 07:06:53 PM  

LeroyBourne: tlchwi02: LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.

the tribe we visited for our "cultural" experience actually drank a mix of cow blood and milk. they most certainly did not offer any to us, as it would have made us sick (not just gross, parasites and things our systems aren't used to fighting.) They were very nice, the younger ones all knew English and were able to explain aspect of their culture, so it wasn't purely a shopping trip (70/30 shopping i'd say.) The guides said they used the cash for medicine and other essential stuff they couldn't get any other way, but I have no idea if they just said that to make us to feel less like we were gawking at the strange natives in exchange for a few bucks

See, now that sounds fun.  As long as you know what purpose you serve, learn something new and have fun.  This woman is insufferable and deluded into some false sense of belonging.
/also the red eyes are kinda freaky


wat?

media.boingboing.net

Well look at that. You were not lying. Hey lady, what's up with those eyes?
 
2013-09-14 07:10:24 PM  
Anyone else catch that a masai warrior is a "Moran"?

Hehe.
 
2013-09-14 07:10:26 PM  

RandomRandom: Are you saying that's the reason she tries to hide the fact that her actual, legal name is Jennifer Hamm?  Shocked I am, shocked.

Given the regular deletion of her real name from Wikipedia and Google search results, it's a fair guess that she pays a reputation protection service to keep that info scrubbed from most easily searched locations.


Having just looked her up on teh wiki, I'm just surprised that she's in a relationship with Miles O'Brien.

upload.wikimedia.org

What happened to Keiko?
 
2013-09-14 07:11:27 PM  
Brown-eyed devil.

/She's not white.
 
2013-09-14 07:14:01 PM  
Fark "eat pray love" and the biatch that wrote it.
 
2013-09-14 07:14:51 PM  
Xeni Jardin is calling a girl "white?"

GET OUT.
 
2013-09-14 07:22:40 PM  
Warrior Princess?
Listen, Toots! There's only ONE Warrior Princess and you ain't it sweet cheeks.

integrallifedesign.com
 
2013-09-14 07:27:36 PM  

Therion: Daily Mail version

of the article, wherein she declares:

'It took every ounce of my being to hold back the bloody throw-up. It felt like drinking warm whole milk, which I've always refused to do not only because of the obscene amount of calories - but also because I have always had an aversion to thick liquid substances'.


a JAP with an aversion to thick liquid substances? (sadpanda)


I'm laughing so hard reading that article. I've changed my mind, this is brilliant satire.

Repeating the aa mantra while composing unsendable emails on her bb?

Plucking her eyebrows while hiding from hippos in the trees?

Painting her toenails to console herself whilst reading "wilderness for dummies"?

The hair whipping contest? My stomach hurts!
 
2013-09-14 07:28:34 PM  

ultraholland: you're not part of the tribe until NatGeo photographs your tits.


this. so...whar titties?
 
2013-09-14 07:28:39 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Brown-eyed devil.

/She's not white.


Jews aren't white?

Nazi!
 
2013-09-14 07:38:03 PM  
She successfully did battle with all the tribe's warriors by disarming them of their spears!  Well, actually, it was more like she hid all their spears.  For a short time at least.  That's got to count as something warrioree like!  Right?
 
2013-09-14 07:39:37 PM  

JSam21: Feel_the_velvet: Isn't this kind of like Oprah Winfrey getting an honorary degree from Harvard?

Right... but Oprah isn't goinv around calling herself a doctor, while this coont is running around calling herself a warrior and selling a book about it.


Duly noted.
 
2013-09-14 07:40:07 PM  
I have no idea what i'm reading, so here's a dog with eyebrows... (click pic for more)

i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-14 07:42:19 PM  
That's pretty cool but not as awesome as the time I became the first male warrior of the Amazon tribe .
 
2013-09-14 07:50:12 PM  
When I was a kid on my birthday my parents took me to medieval times, where I was declared a princess of the realm and all the knights paid homage to me.

I even had a paper crown.
 
2013-09-14 07:50:58 PM  

White_Scarf_Syndrome: jayphat: KiwDaWabbit: What?

This. I have no idea WTF the headline is saying.


I stopped reading BoingBoing over five years ago because of this.  That and the fact that their articles don't pop to a new window and the actual stories are so laden with random links it's hard to remember where I came from if I wanted to check out more than one link.  It boggles the mind. Let me find an example of said headline.

Well what the hell do ya know?  Their most recent headline.

"Kickstarting Hacker Scouts' hackerspace for kids"
Wat?

Next is...
"Urbance: angular, science fictional hip-hop-y animation from Canada "
nubian wut?

But most of the time they are pretty clear.
"A Better Pen"

I dunno, for some reason as I got older I just grew more and more annoyed with the likes of Xeni Jardin and Cory Doctorow.  Cory's book "Something Comes to Town, Something Leaves Town" was pretty good though.  I think that's the name of it...I dunno.  I borrowed it from the library. Because BoingBoing!

I'm being facetious, but seriously sometimes the headlines are just...wat?


Oh. I thought I was the only one.

They got really pissy with me when I complained about them info scrapping sites that I run, same with ASK, tried the "prove it" scheme. I did.

I don't mind if they send traffic my way, hell, that's why I pay for unlimited band-width, but I get money for eyeballs too.

The nice lawyer that called my horribly expensive ones, and settled for much less than my yearly retainer fee, was a testament to how bad they farked up. When was the last time you heard of a nice lawyer.

Dreamless: Meh, whatever. "Culture" isn't anything that anyone owns the rights to.  Do what you want on your vacation.  If people want to buy a book about it, good for you.


Meh, I'll wait for the Vivid Videos version.

HotWingAgenda: Apos: no clever name here just move along: Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]

what is that from?

Nathan Fillion's ABC series Castle.

Oh, I love that show.

[www.abload.de image 650x749]


I absolutely love Ms. Quinn.

If she had green eyes, she would be a ringer for the first Ms. Slam at that age. She, Ms. Slam, the first, confuses the Asians now, they want pictures with Fergie, former Duchess of York, and Man, does that send her into orbit. I always told her to charge, for the pictures.

I don't see the resemblance, Fergie is no where near that big.

burdock: Well look at that. You were not lying. Hey lady, what's up with those eyes?


That's the crazy leaking out. I've seen that before.

Up REAL close to my face, even.
 
2013-09-14 07:52:57 PM  
They should've gone all The Naked Prey on her.  "You want to become a warrior?  Start running..."
 
2013-09-14 07:53:07 PM  

limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.


"...Whar's that Eskimo woman I gotta kill?"

/obscure? Not on fark, certainly.
 
2013-09-14 07:55:39 PM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: There are "cultural villages" in Kenya where the poorest tribes live and act as a sort of 24 hour tourist attraction. Visitors can pay to have pretty much any experience they desire. Live with them, eat, dance, rituals whatever. I watched a kid from Jersey get ritual scarring by a real witch doctor as I chatted up the Doc's grandson. It's a pretty sad example of pimping the culture but they need the money. And that kid from Jersey needed his story about "...that time in Africa he became a Masai warrior."

 I have no doubt they would allow a woman to pretend to be just about anything she wanted if the price was right. (probably about 60 bucks)


She gotta take on sixty bucks? Man dat ho gonna be soah tamarah!
 
2013-09-14 07:55:39 PM  
I'd fark her hard.
 
2013-09-14 07:57:34 PM  
I'm sure that both Chanel and Underarmor can't wait to get endorsed by a fingernail painting, pearl wearing goat choking chupacabra from the province of Hottubistan so she should probably wait by her phone until they call with a contract, ad and tour deal. One thing she can console herself with is the fact that she'll never be half the laughing stock that the transformer freak show Xeni who's making fun of her is. www.bartnagel.com
 
2013-09-14 07:59:51 PM  

mikewadestr: She successfully did battle with all the tribe's warriors by disarming them of their spears!  Well, actually, it was more like she hid all their spears.  For a short time at least.  That's got to count as something warrioree like!  Right?


She swooned at how j. Crew model-esque one of the dudes was and she had to remind herself she wasn't there to pick up a souvenir bf.
 
2013-09-14 08:00:09 PM  

T-Boy: And a bored Massai warrior wondered, "Can I travel to Santa Barbara and become a member of the shopping elite, among the white women?"  And so the warrior travelled to Santa Barbara and wrote a book about the adventure.

That's a book I would buy.


SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.
 
2013-09-14 08:02:06 PM  

theorellior: T-Boy: And a bored Massai warrior wondered, "Can I travel to Santa Barbara and become a member of the shopping elite, among the white women?"  And so the warrior travelled to Santa Barbara and wrote a book about the adventure.

That's a book I would buy.

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.


I would also buy a book about a white woman showing up and making an ass of herself written by a Massai. Especially if the ending involved lions eating the moron.

/sucker for happy endings
 
2013-09-14 08:02:13 PM  

Lady Indica: When I was a kid on my birthday my parents took me to medieval times, where I was declared a princess of the realm and all the knights paid homage to me.

I even had a paper crown.


I had one from Burger King. Can you believe that didn't get me into the Royal Wedding?!
 
2013-09-14 08:02:58 PM  
Wake me up when she does something really cool...
 
2013-09-14 08:04:46 PM  
That's cool.  This white guy thinks he's Asian (or a Ninja or something like that)

www.biography.com
 
2013-09-14 08:09:55 PM  

OscarTamerz: I'm sure that both Chanel and Underarmor can't wait to get endorsed by a fingernail painting, pearl wearing goat choking chupacabra from the province of Hottubistan so she should probably wait by her phone until they call with a contract, ad and tour deal. One thing she can console herself with is the fact that she'll never be half the laughing stock that the transformer freak show Xeni who's making fun of her is. [www.bartnagel.com image 527x350]


C'mon. transformer?  That's low.  I'm laughing, but that's low.  She'd definitely a she.

It's funny enough how completely oblivious she is to her own attention-itis, and how close her own life is to the one she's critiquing.
 
2013-09-14 08:14:40 PM  
To become a Maasai warrior, aren't you required to kill a lion, single-handed, with a spear?

"Okay, Mindy.  Your turn.  Since the lion has already eaten the first three applicants, maybe he's tired and sleepy. Good luck!"
 
2013-09-14 08:15:47 PM  

Amos Quito: That trip was FULL of surprises!

Just a little of the top...


Yeah, I was going to say becoming an actual Masai woman sucks. There's some idea that their girls are safer out herding cattle by themselves if they've had their ladybits cut off and sewn up.
 
2013-09-14 08:18:15 PM  

FunkOut: Amos Quito: That trip was FULL of surprises!

Just a little of the top...

Yeah, I was going to say becoming an actual Masai woman sucks. There's some idea that their girls are safer out herding cattle by themselves if they've had their ladybits cut off and sewn up.


If it stops this vapid biatch from polluting the gene pool, I have no objection.
 
2013-09-14 08:19:36 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Lady Indica: When I was a kid on my birthday my parents took me to medieval times, where I was declared a princess of the realm and all the knights paid homage to me.

I even had a paper crown.

I had one from Burger King. Can you believe that didn't get me into the Royal Wedding?!


Well, thats because you wouldn't call the Whopper a Royale with Cheese. There are RULES you know!
 
2013-09-14 08:20:34 PM  
Because remember - leaving your family to 'discover yourself' and fall in love with someone unburdened by the obligations of your existing cultural expectations is something deeply fulfilling when a woman does it.

When a dude leaves his wife to bone a teenaged stripper, that's just horrible.
 
2013-09-14 08:21:32 PM  

ultraholland: you're not part of the tribe until NatGeo photographs your tits.


MMMmm, speaking from personal experience?
 
2013-09-14 08:21:56 PM  
Laugh all you want, there is probably some movie exec pitching buying the movie rights. Just have to work out some more product placement deals.
 
2013-09-14 08:22:40 PM  

HotWingAgenda: Apos: no clever name here just move along: Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]

what is that from?

Nathan Fillion's ABC series Castle.

Oh, I love that show.

[www.abload.de image 650x749]


I am a huge FireFly fan.  Have not yet seen Mr. Horrible SAB, or any of Castle.  At all.  Keeping it in the back of my mind as a Thing To Do; sort a small reward.  Like that one single Snickers bar in the freezer that you keep in the back.
 
2013-09-14 08:24:08 PM  

listernine: I've slept on leaves, I've "smothered the goat" almost daily since I turned 12. Before I was married, I was not above "spearing a buffalo" and "bathing with cows". If you know what I mean. And I think you do.


Wink wink, nudge nudge.
 
2013-09-14 08:27:11 PM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: To become a Maasai warrior, aren't you required to kill a lion, single-handed, with a spear?

"Okay, Mindy.  Your turn.  Since the lion has already eaten the first three applicants, maybe he's tired and sleepy. Good luck!"


Actually they said Spar.

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

Enjoy!
 
2013-09-14 08:28:11 PM  

ParallelUniverseParking: joint? joined  ... post is stoned.


spelled = spelt
dreamed = dreamt
joined = joint?

/ Do you feel, ah, a little British?
 
2013-09-14 08:30:19 PM  

LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.


I'm generally calling BS.  She likely found some Masai tribesman and paid them enough to do what she claimed, but she is NOT a "female Masai warrior" not leat of which is because  IIRC there is no specific "warrior" designation in Masai culture. Like the Spartans all young men are regarded as warriors once they pass the manhood ritual and become eligible to marry.  Once they acquire enough status as a warrior to attract a bride they get married and basic retire from the warrior ranks.  And BTW to pass the manhood ritual you either have to kill an enemy in battle or a lion in a rather hair-raising ritual in which you corner the lion and try to kill it with a spear before it charges you.
 
2013-09-14 08:32:50 PM  
RandomRandom: There was a time where her publicity apparatus was flogging the fact that Xeni was a tranny. No publicity is bad as long as they spell your name right. Right?
 
2013-09-14 08:33:04 PM  

Magorn: LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.

I'm generally calling BS.  She likely found some Masai tribesman and paid them enough to do what she claimed, but she is NOT a "female Masai warrior" not leat of which is because  IIRC there is no specific "warrior" designation in Masai culture. Like the Spartans all young men are regarded as warriors once they pass the manhood ritual and become eligible to marry.  Once they acquire enough status as a warrior to attract a bride they get married and basic retire from the warrior ranks.  And BTW to pass the manhood ritual you either have to kill an enemy in battle or a lion in a rather hair-raising ritual in which you corner the lion and try to kill it with a spear before it charges you.



How much do they charge?
 
2013-09-14 08:33:35 PM  

limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.


I read the same article from Yahoo!, she also brought along red nail polish and pearl earrings to make her feel "fierce". A lot of people have been calling her out and I DNRFA but has anyone checked with the tribe to see how much of this is true?
 
2013-09-14 08:38:02 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: White_Scarf_Syndrome: I'm being facetious, but seriously sometimes the headlines are just...wat?

That's when I run to the bosom of Buzzfeed, where I know exactly what I'm getting with "Eleven pictures of cats not acting like cats."


But, BoingBoing I'm sure has the same headline. Gaaahhh!

-goes outside to just...walk around
 
2013-09-14 08:39:44 PM  

OhioUGrad: has anyone checked with the tribe to see how much of this is true?


Hold on, I'll text the chief and see what he says.
 
2013-09-14 08:40:23 PM  

FunkOut: Amos Quito: That trip was FULL of surprises!

Just a little of the top...

Yeah, I was going to say becoming an actual Masai woman sucks. There's some idea that their girls are safer out herding cattle by themselves if they've had their ladybits cut off and sewn up.


That's why she chose the male gender role of the Massai, not the female.

/And the tribe either laughed at her or figured 'hey, what the hell, the more the merrier, not like it affects anything anyway and she'll shill for us back at her place'.
 
2013-09-14 08:42:59 PM  

Lady Indica: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Lady Indica: When I was a kid on my birthday my parents took me to medieval times, where I was declared a princess of the realm and all the knights paid homage to me.

I even had a paper crown.

I had one from Burger King. Can you believe that didn't get me into the Royal Wedding?!

Well, thats because you wouldn't call the Whopper a Royale with Cheese. There are RULES you know!


Ah. Of course!
 
2013-09-14 08:47:17 PM  

ZzeusS: HotWingAgenda: Apos: no clever name here just move along: Apos: Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


[25.media.tumblr.com image 300x188]

what is that from?

Nathan Fillion's ABC series Castle.

Oh, I love that show.

[www.abload.de image 650x749]

I am a huge FireFly fan.  Have not yet seen Mr. Horrible SAB, or any of Castle.  At all.  Keeping it in the back of my mind as a Thing To Do; sort a small reward.  Like that one single Snickers bar in the freezer that you keep in the back.


Uhm, it's DOCTOR Horrible. He has a PhD in Horribleness.
 
2013-09-14 08:48:33 PM  

PsiChick: FunkOut: Amos Quito: That trip was FULL of surprises!

Just a little of the top...

Yeah, I was going to say becoming an actual Masai woman sucks. There's some idea that their girls are safer out herding cattle by themselves if they've had their ladybits cut off and sewn up.

That's why she chose the male gender role of the Massai, not the female.

/And the tribe either laughed at her or figured 'hey, what the hell, the more the merrier, not like it affects anything anyway and she'll shill for us back at her place'.


No. It's like...the Amish. There's different Maasai communities, like the Amish. What one Amish group might do is totally different from another, but they're all still Amish. If that makes sense. Though of course the Amish are a religious group and the Maasai are a tribe, its the closest we've got since we farked over our Native peoples pretty goddamned hard here.

So one Maasai group does under their leadership a lot more touristy crap than another. There was an article I read earlier today by an actual Maasai (woman) about this bullshiat. She pointed out that no, this AW is def. not a 'Maasai' or a 'Maasai warrior', but then spent the rest of the time looking at 'How do we get our tribespeople not to do/fall for this shiat' and it typically comes down to money of course.

And the 'moran' even notes that she originally went to the Maasai she visited her first trip wanting to do this bullshiat and they flat out refused her. It'd be like showing up to the Amish and saying you want to become an Amish adult in the next two weeks, part of their community. Maybe....maybe you'd find a group to do it, but it'd just be phony. It wouldn't and couldn't be akin to what it would be like to actually want to be a convert, or to be someone who grew up in that culture/religion doing their stuff.

And to imagine that you COULD have that experience is pretty much the essense of the white appropriation that everyone is on about. It's just...grotesque and unbelievably offensive and stupid.
 
2013-09-14 08:50:13 PM  
White folk really need to come up with a rite of passage and stop co-opting other cultures.
 
2013-09-14 08:50:29 PM  

tlchwi02: LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.

the tribe we visited for our "cultural" experience actually drank a mix of cow blood and milk. they most certainly did not offer any to us, as it would have made us sick (not just gross, parasites and things our systems aren't used to fighting.) They were very nice, the younger ones all knew English and were able to explain aspect of their culture, so it wasn't purely a shopping trip (70/30 shopping i'd say.) The guides said they used the cash for medicine and other essential stuff they couldn't get any other way, but I have no idea if they just said that to make us to feel less like we were gawking at the strange natives in exchange for a few bucks


I wouldn't at all be surprised if the locals did not experience any feelings of shame or resentment at your gawking. Amusement? Maybe, mildly. Appreciation possible.

Different peoples from different cultures adapt differently. You're not on a tour bus full of obese whiteys in hawaiian shirts festooned with digital cameras delving into the wilds of Bed-Stuy, you know. (Not a recommended safari, either.)

I've been hunting without success for that hilarious narrative where a young earnest anthropological / linguistics researcher managed to penetrate the Brazilian jungles where a tribe with virtually no contact with the outside world was minding their own business.

He began to make a glossary of common terms. He pulled his ear. "What do you call this?" he asked. "Fark your mother" a leathery old gentleman, about four feet tall, mostly nekkid, responded with a straight face. Locals smother giggles. The guy thinks "Cute. Nervous at seeing tall white godlike being?"

The research continues.

"I see." Notation. Touches right cheek. "And this?"

"Your sister eats shiat."

"Hmm, thank you. And the left cheek?"

"Your brother eats your sister."

And so on. Guy goes back to Harvard or wherever and presents his thoroughly annotated dissertation. What I am curious about is who managed to blow the whistle. Or maybe the screams of laughter eventually floated back to the league of ivy.

Really, really, really hope he was one of those missionaries, like those alien invaders from  SIL, saving the coons for Jeebus and Uncle Sam.  Really do.
 
2013-09-14 08:50:59 PM  

OscarTamerz: RandomRandom: There was a time where her publicity apparatus was flogging the fact that Xeni was a transformer. No publicity is bad as long as they spell your name right. Right?


Seriously ???  Wow, just wow.

But why go on this Quixotic mission of attempting to erase her real name from the internet?

I'm pretty sure she herself has written about the Streisand effect. She's just begging for a serving of Streisand, you can see her real name and the subsequent deletions in her Wilipedia page revisions.   Then again, I guess that too would bring her publicity.
 
2013-09-14 08:51:54 PM  
Too bad she didn't visit a cannibal tribe...
 
2013-09-14 08:52:47 PM  

No Such Agency: Mobius strip of human stupidity:
It's a pretty sad example of pimping the culture but they need the money.

See... it doesn't have to be that way.  About a month ago we were on Manitoulin Island, and pretty much every First Nation on the island has some kind of tourism-related business set up... and none of them treat their culture as cheap entertainment to do so.

Mind you, even Canadian Natives, with all the problems they face, have a lot more money than poor Africans.  Hard to set up a sustainable, culturally-sensitive eco-tourism business when you are flat broke, I imagine.


From what I saw the state sponsored cultural villages are not all that different from the "real" villages. (except they are a mixture of many different tribes and unlike nearly all other Maasai they can't afford cell phones) But they take their culture pretty seriously. It's just that they are broke. But not particularly backward. The grandson I was talking to was educated in London.

The "ritual" itself was pretty amusing. The kid acted like a team of Shaolin monks were burning dragons into his forearms. The witch doctor acted like Miles Davis forced to play biatches Brew at a Bar Mitsvah.

.."our warrior gear: two tartan sheets that we would wrap around us as clothing, and the metal tips for our spears."

This is the sheet they gave me to wear when I became a Massai warrior. I use it to keep the neighbors from peeking through my windows. My spears, sword, sandals and shiat are downstair somewhere.

img13.imageshack.us
 
2013-09-14 08:55:47 PM  

T-Boy: And a bored Massai warrior wondered, "Can I travel to Santa Barbara and become a member of the shopping elite, among the white women?"  And so the warrior travelled to Santa Barbara and wrote a book about the adventure.

That's a book I would buy.


He got shot.
Made the wrong kind of hand gesture while waving at native brothers (he thought).
 
2013-09-14 09:04:15 PM  

ranold: Too bad she didn't visit a cannibal tribe...


Then she would have been forced to eat herself up.

/Bow-bow chicka-bow-bow...
 
2013-09-14 09:05:34 PM  

SirEattonHogg: That's cool.  This white guy thinks he's Asian (or a Ninja or something like that)

[www.biography.com image 402x402]


How come you omitted FAT?

I mean, not just fat but BULBOUS.
 
2013-09-14 09:11:06 PM  

rubi_con_man: Because remember - leaving your family to 'discover yourself' and fall in love with someone unburdened by the obligations of your existing cultural expectations is something deeply fulfilling when a woman does it.

When a dude leaves his wife to bone a teenaged stripper, that's just horrible.


When Meryl Streep does it, it's called an "awakening."
 
2013-09-14 09:12:36 PM  
Over/under on the number of weeks it takes journalists to find out that this is a total and complete pile of 100 percent grade A American bullshiat: 8.  You got the over or the under?
 
2013-09-14 09:15:12 PM  

Lady Indica: PsiChick: FunkOut: Amos Quito: That trip was FULL of surprises!

Just a little of the top...

Yeah, I was going to say becoming an actual Masai woman sucks. There's some idea that their girls are safer out herding cattle by themselves if they've had their ladybits cut off and sewn up.

That's why she chose the male gender role of the Massai, not the female.

/And the tribe either laughed at her or figured 'hey, what the hell, the more the merrier, not like it affects anything anyway and she'll shill for us back at her place'.

No. It's like...the Amish. There's different Maasai communities, like the Amish. What one Amish group might do is totally different from another, but they're all still Amish. If that makes sense. Though of course the Amish are a religious group and the Maasai are a tribe, its the closest we've got since we farked over our Native peoples pretty goddamned hard here.

So one Maasai group does under their leadership a lot more touristy crap than another. There was an article I read earlier today by an actual Maasai (woman) about this bullshiat. She pointed out that no, this AW is def. not a 'Maasai' or a 'Maasai warrior', but then spent the rest of the time looking at 'How do we get our tribespeople not to do/fall for this shiat' and it typically comes down to money of course.

And the 'moran' even notes that she originally went to the Maasai she visited her first trip wanting to do this bullshiat and they flat out refused her. It'd be like showing up to the Amish and saying you want to become an Amish adult in the next two weeks, part of their community. Maybe....maybe you'd find a group to do it, but it'd just be phony. It wouldn't and couldn't be akin to what it would be like to actually want to be a convert, or to be someone who grew up in that culture/religion doing their stuff.

And to imagine that you COULD have that experience is pretty much the essense of the white appropriation that everyone is on about. It's just...grotesque and unbelie ...


...That's basically what I said. She  isn't a warrior. The tribe just humored her, possibly out of kindness, possibly out of their own reasons.

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: White folk really need to come up with a rite of passage and stop co-opting other cultures.


We have tons. First day of school; first day of middle\high school; sweet sixteen; learning to drive; first day of college; first job; buying your first house...

Sweet sixteen and learning to drive are the big ones, though.
 
2013-09-14 09:19:27 PM  

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: White folk really need to come up with a rite of passage and stop co-opting other cultures.


You mean getting drunk and throwing up on the prom queen's shoes doesn't cut it anymore?
 
2013-09-14 09:20:23 PM  
Grifters gotta grift.
 
2013-09-14 09:26:47 PM  
PsiChick: We have tons. First day of school; first day of middle\high school; sweet sixteen; learning to drive; first day of college; first job; buying your first house...

first polo match; first stock purchase; first beluga caviar party; first minority hunt; first day at space camp...
 
2013-09-14 09:27:22 PM  

pueblonative: Over/under on the number of weeks it takes journalists to find out that this is a total and complete pile of 100 percent grade A American bullshiat: 8.  You got the over or the under?


I suspect the story as she tells it is more or less true. When I was in the Peace Corps I was taken to a Massai village where they had me dress up in their traditional clothes and tried to get me to eat a goat's head. I didn't. But I'm sure if I gave them enough money the would've told me I was a warrior and accepted into their tribe.
 
2013-09-14 09:27:36 PM  
What's the over under on her being an anti-vaxxer?
 
2013-09-14 09:29:48 PM  
Yes, and the eight year old kids with Progeria from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who go out to Little Creek for a weekend, are real Navy SEALs.
 
2013-09-14 09:30:33 PM  
That farking white girl couldn't keep up with these guys if her life depended on it


img.dailymail.co.uk
 
2013-09-14 09:38:09 PM  

ultraholland: PsiChick: We have tons. First day of school; first day of middle\high school; sweet sixteen; learning to drive; first day of college; first job; buying your first house...

first polo match; first stock purchase; first beluga caviar party; first minority hunt; first day at space camp...


...I meant universals...

/Okay, Sweet Sixteen and 21 are the major ones...but still, there's a few.
 
2013-09-14 09:38:13 PM  

Mobius strip of human stupidity: The witch doctor acted like Miles Davis forced to play biatches Brew at a Bar Mitsvah.


llddr.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-14 09:38:14 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: About as white as Zimmerman


DRINK!
 
2013-09-14 09:40:02 PM  

HotWingAgenda: OhioUGrad: has anyone checked with the tribe to see how much of this is true?

Hold on, I'll text the chief and see what he says.


Please do get right on it!
There are surely some more modernized areas around there, "journalists" are everywhere nowadays, and I am sure there are other ways to verify she even went there for how long she said and what not. She took nailpolish and pearl earrings, I'm sure she left a trail.
 
2013-09-14 09:42:35 PM  

Lady Indica: PsiChick: FunkOut: Amos Quito: That trip was FULL of surprises!

Just a little of the top...

Yeah, I was going to say becoming an actual Masai woman sucks. There's some idea that their girls are safer out herding cattle by themselves if they've had their ladybits cut off and sewn up.

That's why she chose the male gender role of the Massai, not the female.

/And the tribe either laughed at her or figured 'hey, what the hell, the more the merrier, not like it affects anything anyway and she'll shill for us back at her place'.

No. It's like...the Amish. There's different Maasai communities, like the Amish. What one Amish group might do is totally different from another, but they're all still Amish. If that makes sense. Though of course the Amish are a religious group and the Maasai are a tribe, its the closest we've got since we farked over our Native peoples pretty goddamned hard here.

So one Maasai group does under their leadership a lot more touristy crap than another. There was an article I read earlier today by an actual Maasai (woman) about this bullshiat. She pointed out that no, this AW is def. not a 'Maasai' or a 'Maasai warrior', but then spent the rest of the time looking at 'How do we get our tribespeople not to do/fall for this shiat' and it typically comes down to money of course.

And the 'moran' even notes that she originally went to the Maasai she visited her first trip wanting to do this bullshiat and they flat out refused her. It'd be like showing up to the Amish and saying you want to become an Amish adult in the next two weeks, part of their community. Maybe....maybe you'd find a group to do it, but it'd just be phony. It wouldn't and couldn't be akin to what it would be like to actually want to be a convert, or to be someone who grew up in that culture/religion doing their stuff.

And to imagine that you COULD have that experience is pretty much the essense of the white appropriation that everyone is on about. It's just...grotesque and unbelie ...


Speaking of the Amish, my grandmother absolutely hated the tourists who would show up in Lancaster, PA to gawk at the Amish. She grew up as plain Brethren, which is similar to the Amish but with more modern conveniences, and even though her family had left the Brethren when she was in her teens, that plain way of life is very much part of my family's cultural heritage. These tourists who would show up and treat the Amish as a tourist attraction who existed for their own entertainment rather than ordinary people didn't seem to care that they were treating actual human beings with lives and friends and family like an attraction in a zoo.

My grandmother is why I would never even imagine pulling a stunt like the woman in TFA did. I've seen it from the perspective of the people whose culture is being gawked at. When the shoe is on the other foot it's not really all that wonderful to see people reducing all of your history and culture and traditions to a few things, and to only see those few things and not the people as actual people.
 
2013-09-14 09:51:48 PM  

megarian: What's the over under on her being an anti-vaxxer?


hahaha no bet. :)
 
2013-09-14 09:54:27 PM  

rynthetyn: Speaking of the Amish, my grandmother absolutely hated the tourists who would show up in Lancaster, PA to gawk at the Amish. She grew up as plain Brethren, which is similar to the Amish but with more modern conveniences, and even though her family had left the Brethren when she was in her teens, that plain way of life is very much part of my family's cultural heritage. These tourists who would show up and treat the Amish as a tourist attraction who existed for their own entertainment rather than ordinary people didn't seem to care that they were treating actual human beings with lives and friends and family like an attraction in a zoo.

My grandmother is why I would never even imagine pulling a stunt like the woman in TFA did. I've seen it from the perspective of the people whose culture is being gawked at. When the shoe is on the other foot it's not really all that wonderful to see people reducing all of your history and culture and traditions to a few things, and to only see those few things and not the people as actual people.


The ONLY personal reference point I have for that is with the gamer/gaming culture. And that is so infuriating I can't even imagine...I really can't...how it would be to have one's ethnic culture treated like that.

Then again, I'm amazed black people don't walk around punching a lot of folks in the farking face too.
 
2013-09-14 09:56:15 PM  

Magorn: And BTW to pass the manhood ritual you either have to kill an enemy in battle or a lion in a rather hair-raising ritual in which you corner the lion and try to kill it with a spear before it charges you.


Um, no, It's circumcision. Around age 14, they are entrusted to herd cows and on the 8th day are circumsized. That is the entrance to manhood (to prove that they can take the pain). They then live in special "warrior" camps learning farming, hunting, etc for usually 10 years when they "graduate" to the senior warrior level and get married and start their own families in the village.

/spent a lot of my childhood in Kenya
 
2013-09-14 09:56:50 PM  

The First Four Black Sabbath Albums: White folk really need to come up with a rite of passage and stop co-opting other cultures.


Doing drugs and losing your virginity?
 
2013-09-14 09:59:45 PM  

Lollipop165: /spent a lot of my childhood in Kenya


Seriously, I bet *you* have some fascinating stories. I'd read your book before Attention Whore Princess'
 
2013-09-14 10:16:03 PM  

Lady Indica: Lollipop165: /spent a lot of my childhood in Kenya

Seriously, I bet *you* have some fascinating stories. I'd read your book before Attention Whore Princess'


Lol thanks. It bugs they hell out of me when people assume tribal life automatically equals violence and poverty. While the Maasai life expectancy is low (around 60), it is due lack of medicine and NOT lack of food or constant warfare. In fact, there IS no "warrior" designation in the Maasai. All it means is that you are considered by the Maasai to have the correct skills to be a man. Sorta like a Bat Mitzvah.

Which is why there is absolutely no way that this woman could ever be considered a "warrior". Unless she changed her sex maybe.
 
2013-09-14 10:18:11 PM  

Lady Indica: theorellior: T-Boy: And a bored Massai warrior wondered, "Can I travel to Santa Barbara and become a member of the shopping elite, among the white women?"  And so the warrior travelled to Santa Barbara and wrote a book about the adventure.

That's a book I would buy.

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY.

I would also buy a book about a white woman showing up and making an ass of herself written by a Massai. Especially if the ending involved lions eating the moron.

/sucker for happy endings


Oh man.  Have any of you guys ever read any of the Allan Quatermain stories?  It would have to be done in this style.  Pay no attention to that travesty of a movie with James Earl Jones.  The author managed to actually work a good bit of comedy of western fools in a foreign land comedy into the novels.  I have still yet to read "She".  Hmmm....
 
2013-09-14 10:19:09 PM  

Lollipop165: /spent a lot of my childhood in Kenya


Was Barry nice to you? What's he really like?
 
2013-09-14 10:23:08 PM  
She was a genuine soldier in the Masai Core.
 
2013-09-14 10:24:19 PM  

SpeedyBB: tlchwi02: LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.

the tribe we visited for our "cultural" experience actually drank a mix of cow blood and milk. they most certainly did not offer any to us, as it would have made us sick (not just gross, parasites and things our systems aren't used to fighting.) They were very nice, the younger ones all knew English and were able to explain aspect of their culture, so it wasn't purely a shopping trip (70/30 shopping i'd say.) The guides said they used the cash for medicine and other essential stuff they couldn't get any other way, but I have no idea if they just said that to make us to feel less like we were gawking at the strange natives in exchange for a few bucks

I wouldn't at all be surprised if the locals did not experience any feelings of shame or resentment at your gawking. Amusement? Maybe, mildly. Appreciation possible.

Different peoples from different cultures adapt differently. You're not on a tour bus full of obese whiteys in hawaiian shirts festooned with digital cameras delving into the wilds of Bed-Stuy, you know. (Not a recommended safari, either.)

I've been hunting without success for that hilarious narrative where a young earnest anthropological / linguistics researcher managed to penetrate the Brazilian jungles where a tribe with virtually no contact with the outside world was minding their own business.

He began to make a glossary of common terms. He pulled his ear. "What do you call this?" he asked. "Fark your mother" a leathery old gentleman, about four feet tall, mostly nekkid, responded with a straight face. Locals smother giggles. The guy thinks "Cute. Nervous at seeing tall white godlike being?"

The research continues.

"I see." Notation. Touches right cheek. "And this?"

"Your sister eats shiat."

"Hmm, thank you. And the left cheek?"

"Your brother eats your sister."

And so on. Guy goes back to Harvard or wherever and presents his thoroughly annotated dissertation. What I am curious about is who managed to blow the whistle. Or maybe the screams of laughter eventually floated back to the league of ivy.

Really, really, really hope he was one of those missionaries, like those alien invaders from  SIL, saving the coons for Jeebus and Uncle Sam.  Really do.


There's a pretty good short doc(about an hour long) on western films and the historic exploitation of native ams.

There are some famous scenes with native extras who use their own language to get in some choice barbs about stupid smelly fat white people.

I can't find it in google, wish i remembered the name...
 
2013-09-14 10:42:38 PM  

SpeedyBB: I wouldn't at all be surprised if the locals did not experience any feelings of shame or resentment at your gawking. Amusement? Maybe, mildly. Appreciation possible.


Shame or resentment? Not in my experience. Amusement? Certainly. But at least when I was around tribal cultures (in Papua New Guinea and Kenya in particular) they were just as interested in us as we were in them. One of my fave stories was when I was about 12 in PNG, I had braces on. There were no joke, a pack of like 30 kids CROWDING ME (and freaking me out) in a busy market place trying to get a glimpse of my braces and trying to get me to smile so they could get a better look.

Since there was no real concept of "fixing" teeth in their language, the translator explained to the kids that the braces "will make her teeth look beautiful". A few days later he informed me that the kids had taken up wearing wires on their teeth to emulate the look, lol

I love meeting and seeing new people and cultures; it was the way I was raised.  I also studied anthropology in college. There is a line between exploitation and true interest,certainly, but I truly have a hard time placing it myself,
 
2013-09-14 10:43:26 PM  
The Kenyan tribes will extract as much money as they can from Western tourists. And who can blame them?
I paid $20 for the authentic Samburu village tour and it was dreadful and embarrasing. When we got down south I stayed in the jeep when we did the Masai thing.
 
2013-09-14 10:52:19 PM  

RoyBatty: Yeah, Xeni Jardin is always fiercely competitive of other attention whores vying for her space.


Yeah, this crap from someone who refers to white people as "them".

www.poetryfoundation.org

Then again, the Warrior Princess seems pretty lame, too.
 
2013-09-14 11:16:25 PM  

Prophet of Loss: [media.boingboing.net image 300x300]

LOOK AT ME!
I PAID AFRICANS TO GRANT ME A MEANINGLESS DESIGNATION!
Also, "Chief Motumba, this white woman wants to be a warrior."

"Its good to be the Chief! Tell her the week long ritual of the "making of the beast with two backs" will commence tonight!"


I thought the Maasai didn't like having their pictures taken? Or am I thinking of some other people?
 
2013-09-14 11:21:25 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: We brought nothing but the bare essentials (for me, that included a bottle of Chanel Dragon red nail polish-it just made me feel fierce

Wow. Just....wow.


Reminds me of how J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis would have a contest to see who could read Amanda McKittrick Ros' writings the longest without laughing.
 
2013-09-14 11:22:53 PM  
What happened to " I'm so bored I banged the milkman and the UPS guy " ?
      Kids today, sheesh.
 
2013-09-14 11:24:53 PM  

fusillade762: Prophet of Loss: [media.boingboing.net image 300x300]

LOOK AT ME!
I PAID AFRICANS TO GRANT ME A MEANINGLESS DESIGNATION!
Also, "Chief Motumba, this white woman wants to be a warrior."

"Its good to be the Chief! Tell her the week long ritual of the "making of the beast with two backs" will commence tonight!"

I thought the Maasai didn't like having their pictures taken? Or am I thinking of some other people?


Some people are fine with it, some aren't, I'm sure. They have certainly been photographed a great deal.

When my sis lived in ghana and she took out a camera, people would swarm to get photod and get to see the result on the back of the camera.

When i was in zambia, people would cover their face or curse at us if we photod them, even inadvertantly, and they are generally very polite people.

They were suspicious of cameras, like it was a bit of witchery, which i suppose is understandable.
 
2013-09-14 11:29:05 PM  

o'really: SpeedyBB: tlchwi02: LeroyBourne: limboslam: I read the whole article somewhere else. Apparently, to become a "warrior" all you need to do is sleep on leaves, kill a goat, spear a buffalo, bathe in a lake with cows and not wash your hair.

Don't forget drink goat's blood and want to vomit up said blood.

the tribe we visited for our "cultural" experience actually drank a mix of cow blood and milk. they most certainly did not offer any to us, as it would have made us sick (not just gross, parasites and things our systems aren't used to fighting.) They were very nice, the younger ones all knew English and were able to explain aspect of their culture, so it wasn't purely a shopping trip (70/30 shopping i'd say.) The guides said they used the cash for medicine and other essential stuff they couldn't get any other way, but I have no idea if they just said that to make us to feel less like we were gawking at the strange natives in exchange for a few bucks

I wouldn't at all be surprised if the locals did not experience any feelings of shame or resentment at your gawking. Amusement? Maybe, mildly. Appreciation possible.

Different peoples from different cultures adapt differently. You're not on a tour bus full of obese whiteys in hawaiian shirts festooned with digital cameras delving into the wilds of Bed-Stuy, you know. (Not a recommended safari, either.)

I've been hunting without success for that hilarious narrative where a young earnest anthropological / linguistics researcher managed to penetrate the Brazilian jungles where a tribe with virtually no contact with the outside world was minding their own business.

He began to make a glossary of common terms. He pulled his ear. "What do you call this?" he asked. "Fark your mother" a leathery old gentleman, about four feet tall, mostly nekkid, responded with a straight face. Locals smother giggles. The guy thinks "Cute. Nervous at seeing tall white godlike being?"

The research continues.

"I see." Notation. Touches right cheek. "And this?"

"Your sister eats shiat."

"Hmm, thank you. And the left cheek?"

"Your brother eats your sister."

And so on. Guy goes back to Harvard or wherever and presents his thoroughly annotated dissertation. What I am curious about is who managed to blow the whistle. Or maybe the screams of laughter eventually floated back to the league of ivy.

Really, really, really hope he was one of those missionaries, like those alien invaders from  SIL, saving the coons for Jeebus and Uncle Sam.  Really do.

There's a pretty good short doc(about an hour long) on western films and the historic exploitation of native ams.

There are some famous scenes with native extras who use their own language to get in some choice barbs about stupid smelly fat white people.

I can't find it in google, wish i remembered the name...


I'm pretty sure the doc I'm referring to was on pbs, called "reel injun", on the slim chance anyone wants to see it.
 
2013-09-14 11:34:11 PM  

o'really: fusillade762: Prophet of Loss: [media.boingboing.net image 300x300]

LOOK AT ME!
I PAID AFRICANS TO GRANT ME A MEANINGLESS DESIGNATION!
Also, "Chief Motumba, this white woman wants to be a warrior."

"Its good to be the Chief! Tell her the week long ritual of the "making of the beast with two backs" will commence tonight!"

I thought the Maasai didn't like having their pictures taken? Or am I thinking of some other people?

Some people are fine with it, some aren't, I'm sure. They have certainly been photographed a great deal.

When my sis lived in ghana and she took out a camera, people would swarm to get photod and get to see the result on the back of the camera.

When i was in zambia, people would cover their face or curse at us if we photod them, even inadvertantly, and they are generally very polite people.

They were suspicious of cameras, like it was a bit of witchery, which i suppose is understandable.


In Tanzania it was, "Piga [take a] picture!"

Followed by, "Now give me money!"

They were more than happy to have their pictures taken, so long as you paid them for the privilege.
 
2013-09-14 11:36:02 PM  

Lollipop165: SpeedyBB: I wouldn't at all be surprised if the locals did not experience any feelings of shame or resentment at your gawking. Amusement? Maybe, mildly. Appreciation possible.

Shame or resentment? Not in my experience. Amusement? Certainly. But at least when I was around tribal cultures (in Papua New Guinea and Kenya in particular) they were just as interested in us as we were in them. One of my fave stories was when I was about 12 in PNG, I had braces on. There were no joke, a pack of like 30 kids CROWDING ME (and freaking me out) in a busy market place trying to get a glimpse of my braces and trying to get me to smile so they could get a better look.

Since there was no real concept of "fixing" teeth in their language, the translator explained to the kids that the braces "will make her teeth look beautiful". A few days later he informed me that the kids had taken up wearing wires on their teeth to emulate the look, lol

I love meeting and seeing new people and cultures; it was the way I was raised.  I also studied anthropology in college. There is a line between exploitation and true interest,certainly, but I truly have a hard time placing it myself,


Reminds me of the bored neighborhood kids running around the ruins of Troy when I was there. School was out for the summer and their parents probably sent them outside to keep them out of their hair, so they were running around hamming it up for attention and wanting people to take their pictures. What else are you supposed to do when you live in some tiny town in the middle of nowhere? When I lived in the country, our biggest entertainment for weeks was when a manure truck crashed and blocked the highway.

My general rule of thumb for traveling is that if it's something that would have me cussing out the foreign tourists where I'm from, or that would have gotten me a lecture from my grandmother if I did it in Pennsylvania around the Amish, I don't do it. Figure that, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," is a pretty good rule to live by. If it's something that I wouldn't want people to do toward me, other people probably don't want me to do it toward them.

/When I was in Cambodia I bonded with my hotel bartender over our motorbike crash bruises
 
2013-09-14 11:38:00 PM  

fusillade762: I thought the Maasai didn't like having their pictures taken?


If they're holding a chameleon and can get $10 out of it, they LOVE having their picture taken.
 
2013-09-14 11:55:10 PM  
Can we say this is literally a white people problem?
 
2013-09-14 11:57:01 PM  
Okay. I just watched the video linked in the comments of the article. In it she's wearing the blue garment associated with Maasai women, not the red associated with Maasai men/warriors. That pretty much says it all to me. Sure, they told her what she wanted to hear, but they in no way accepted her as a 'warrior'.
 
2013-09-15 12:09:31 AM  

because I care: o'really: fusillade762: Prophet of Loss: [media.boingboing.net image 300x300]

LOOK AT ME!
I PAID AFRICANS TO GRANT ME A MEANINGLESS DESIGNATION!
Also, "Chief Motumba, this white woman wants to be a warrior."

"Its good to be the Chief! Tell her the week long ritual of the "making of the beast with two backs" will commence tonight!"

I thought the Maasai didn't like having their pictures taken? Or am I thinking of some other people?

Some people are fine with it, some aren't, I'm sure. They have certainly been photographed a great deal.

When my sis lived in ghana and she took out a camera, people would swarm to get photod and get to see the result on the back of the camera.

When i was in zambia, people would cover their face or curse at us if we photod them, even inadvertantly, and they are generally very polite people.

They were suspicious of cameras, like it was a bit of witchery, which i suppose is understandable.

In Tanzania it was, "Piga [take a] picture!"

Followed by, "Now give me money!"

They were more than happy to have their pictures taken, so long as you paid them for the privilege.


Yeah... That's part of the reason i didn't make it out there. Zanzibar does look beautiful though...
 
2013-09-15 12:27:37 AM  

o'really: Yeah... That's part of the reason i didn't make it out there. Zanzibar does look beautiful though...


I never went to Zanzibar. I heard stories from other Volunteers about the locals on Zanzibar telling tourists they brush their teeth with sand (they don't; toothpaste is cheap and ubiquitous) and that just didn't sound like fun to me.

I went to Pemba instead. It's an island just north of Zanzibar and has pretty much the same beaches and scenery, but far fewer tourists. Of course, this might be because there are only 5 people on the island who speak English (at least that was the case when I was there in 2003). That wasn't a problem though because like every other Peace Corps Volunteer I was taught Swahili as part of my training.

The more I learn about this stupid girl and her "experience" the more it bothers me. She didn't become a Maasai because you can't become a Maasai. Tribes are like ethnic groups. It would be like me saying I became Irish, even though I have no Irish ancestry. And yeah, some of my friends told me I was an honorary Irishman on St. Patrick's Day when I was in college, but that doesn't actually make me Irish.

This lady was a tourist who was told what she wanted to hear by people who either got money from her or were hoping to get money from her. If she really wants to understand Maasai culture she's going to have to spend a lot more than a couple of weeks with them.
 
2013-09-15 12:53:45 AM  

because I care: I never went to Zanzibar. I heard stories from other Volunteers about the locals on Zanzibar telling tourists they brush their teeth with sand (they don't; toothpaste is cheap and ubiquitous) and that just didn't sound like fun to me.


A nation of trolls? That sounds like an awesome place to visit.
 
2013-09-15 01:18:04 AM  

rynthetyn: because I care: I never went to Zanzibar. I heard stories from other Volunteers about the locals on Zanzibar telling tourists they brush their teeth with sand (they don't; toothpaste is cheap and ubiquitous) and that just didn't sound like fun to me.

A nation of trolls? That sounds like an awesome place to visit.


I suppose if you're just visiting and are aware of the situation it could be pretty funny, but when you live there it gets old fast.

Actually, when I look back a lot of it does seem really funny to me now, even if it didn't seem so at the time.
 
2013-09-15 01:40:39 AM  

because I care: rynthetyn: because I care: I never went to Zanzibar. I heard stories from other Volunteers about the locals on Zanzibar telling tourists they brush their teeth with sand (they don't; toothpaste is cheap and ubiquitous) and that just didn't sound like fun to me.

A nation of trolls? That sounds like an awesome place to visit.

I suppose if you're just visiting and are aware of the situation it could be pretty funny, but when you live there it gets old fast.

Actually, when I look back a lot of it does seem really funny to me now, even if it didn't seem so at the time.


I grew up in a tourist town where we'd get a shiat ton of foreign tourists. Because of that, I tend to empathize with the people who have to deal with tourists wandering around in stupid outfits being idiots. I can totally see the draw of trolling the heck out of them, especially if they're the patronizing variety of tourists that I always run across in developing countries who can't see any of the locals as their equals.
 
2013-09-15 01:57:38 AM  

rynthetyn: I grew up in a tourist town where we'd get a shiat ton of foreign tourists. Because of that, I tend to empathize with the people who have to deal with tourists wandering around in stupid outfits being idiots. I can totally see the draw of trolling the heck out of them, especially if they're the patronizing variety of tourists that I always run across in developing countries who can't see any of the locals as their equals.


Oh for sure. I don't blame the Tanzanians at all. It just sucked for me because these tourists would come through the town where I taught and treat the locals like they were just more exotic African animals for them to take pictures of, and the locals would take it out on me because as a white guy I was guilty by association. The other teachers at my school were cool and my students were awesome, but pretty much everyone else treated me like scum. And I can't say I blame them.
 
2013-09-15 03:07:34 AM  

because I care: rynthetyn: I grew up in a tourist town where we'd get a shiat ton of foreign tourists. Because of that, I tend to empathize with the people who have to deal with tourists wandering around in stupid outfits being idiots. I can totally see the draw of trolling the heck out of them, especially if they're the patronizing variety of tourists that I always run across in developing countries who can't see any of the locals as their equals.

Oh for sure. I don't blame the Tanzanians at all. It just sucked for me because these tourists would come through the town where I taught and treat the locals like they were just more exotic African animals for them to take pictures of, and the locals would take it out on me because as a white guy I was guilty by association. The other teachers at my school were cool and my students were awesome, but pretty much everyone else treated me like scum. And I can't say I blame them.


Yeah, that's why I pretty much entirely hate tourists. As I mentioned up thread, my formerly plain Brethren grandmother hated the tourists who would go to Pennsylvania Dutch country to gawk at the Amish and treat them like zoo animals, so that made me especially sensitive to that dynamic. Between the Pennsylvania Dutch thing and growing up in a tourist area in Florida, I had issues with tourists long before I ever set foot in the developing world.
 
2013-09-15 08:09:20 AM  

fusillade762: Prophet of Loss: [media.boingboing.net image 300x300]

LOOK AT ME!
I PAID AFRICANS TO GRANT ME A MEANINGLESS DESIGNATION!
Also, "Chief Motumba, this white woman wants to be a warrior."

"Its good to be the Chief! Tell her the week long ritual of the "making of the beast with two backs" will commence tonight!"

I thought the Maasai didn't like having their pictures taken? Or am I thinking of some other people?


Criminals .
 
2013-09-15 08:15:21 AM  
Had to do her eyebrows and mascara? Reason enough to call her a dilettante and dismiss anything she produces.
 
2013-09-15 08:29:52 AM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: HotIgneous Intruder: From the "about" blurb in her book:

"Mindy Budgor is a 2012 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She started her own business while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, and is moving on to new challenges in New York City. Mindy hopes Warrior Princess will bring attention to her tribe and empower readers to slap complacency in the face and take the reins in their own lives."

Grifters gotta grift.

If I had the funds it takes to not work, fly to and from Africa, and waste some time there, I could do this too.


Yeh the money from the airfare alone would have provided rice for that village for a year.
 
2013-09-15 10:32:09 AM  
Wait. The boys who become warriors have to train themselves to withstand ritual beatings, they are not allowed to flinch or speak during their circumcisions, and they have to kill a lion.

I'm all for equality but it sounds like she was a tourist being humoured and didn't understand that.
 
2013-09-15 01:31:28 PM  
This headline is racist.  As people who support murderous blacks (see: Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, etc) point out, you cannot say "bored black woman" as there's no need to point out her race as there are ****many bored**** women regardless of race.

What's good for the black folk is good for the white folk.

Deal with it.
 
2013-09-15 02:53:06 PM  

because I care: rynthetyn: I grew up in a tourist town where we'd get a shiat ton of foreign tourists. Because of that, I tend to empathize with the people who have to deal with tourists wandering around in stupid outfits being idiots. I can totally see the draw of trolling the heck out of them, especially if they're the patronizing variety of tourists that I always run across in developing countries who can't see any of the locals as their equals.

Oh for sure. I don't blame the Tanzanians at all. It just sucked for me because these tourists would come through the town where I taught and treat the locals like they were just more exotic African animals for them to take pictures of, and the locals would take it out on me because as a white guy I was guilty by association. The other teachers at my school were cool and my students were awesome, but pretty much everyone else treated me like scum. And I can't say I blame them.


a little off the subject, but did you ever have any locals steal from you?

a chick i know who did the peace corps in mozambique lived in a hut with no locks on the doors, and she'd see her students wearing her jewelry and dresses to her class.

I guess there was a cultural expectation of, um, "sharing"? they figured she was rich and didn't need all that stuff...
 
2013-09-16 01:03:46 AM  

o'really: There's a pretty good short doc(about an hour long) on western films and the historic exploitation of native ams.

There are some famous scenes with native extras who use their own language to get in some choice barbs about stupid smelly fat white people.


Cannibal! The musical.
 
2013-09-16 03:38:10 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: [oi43.tinypic.com image 597x351]

/have you checked yours today?


Nah, it's all about class privilege; I'm sure they give lost rich black men and women the same song and dance, too. Race is outdated now that class warfare has taken its place among all the cool colorblind kids.
 
2013-09-16 04:01:19 AM  

o'really: a little off the subject, but did you ever have any locals steal from you?

a chick i know who did the peace corps in mozambique lived in a hut with no locks on the doors, and she'd see her students wearing her jewelry and dresses to her class.

I guess there was a cultural expectation of, um, "sharing"? they figured she was rich and didn't need all that stuff...


Heh. The Headmistress at my school was a smart lady. She knew that if the Peace Corps Volunteer had a bad experience the school would never get assigned another one, so the house I lived in had bars on all the windows and doors and no less than THREE guards slept right in front of my door.

As far as I know, there's no cultural expectation of "sharing" against your will. Tanzania shares a border with Mozambique so I assume it's the same there. People probably just stole her stuff because they figured they could get away with it.

Which isn't always a good idea. I met a guy who had his wallet pickpocketed as he was getting off a bus. He felt it happen, and chased the guy into a marketplace. Finally he tackled the guy and got his wallet back, but to his shock the vendors poured out of their stalls carrying metal pipes and clubs and they BEAT THE GUY TO DEATH.

So yeah, I think thievery is pretty frowned upon.
 
2013-09-16 04:18:31 AM  

PsiChick: We have tons. First day of school; first day of middle\high school; sweet sixteen; learning to drive; first day of college; first job; buying your first house...

Sweet sixteen and learning to drive are the big ones, though.


Marriage. (First marriage, anyway.) I'd argue that's the #1 coming of age ritual in Western culture, despite its slow fading in modern times.

Followed in importance by driver's license, moving out, first child, first lay, and first kiss. Then misc stuff like first job, first house, and first day at any new school.

Even a Quincinera is only a huge life-changing deal to really traditional Latin girls; Sweet sixteen and other debuts haven't been more than a bigger birthday party in decades, and never had the momentous connotations that a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Debut did. Now it's just a celebration of being able to get a full driver's license.
 
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