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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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