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(Boing Boing)   Bored white lady from California becomes first bored white lady Maasai warrior, writes "Eat Pray Love"+"Dances with Wolves" mashup book tied together with brazen sportswear product placement about it   (boingboing.net) divider line 54
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2013-09-14 05:25:01 PM
6 votes:
you're not part of the tribe until NatGeo photographs your tits.
2013-09-14 05:17:24 PM
6 votes:
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 05:14:54 PM
6 votes:
Yeah, Xeni Jardin is always fiercely competitive of other attention whores vying for her space.
2013-09-14 06:27:02 PM
4 votes:
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 05:32:08 PM
4 votes:
i.imgur.com
2013-09-14 05:52:58 PM
3 votes:
oi43.tinypic.com

/have you checked yours today?
2013-09-14 05:38:17 PM
3 votes:
Lets hope this coont was infected by some brain eating worm so she can get the full on African experience.
2013-09-14 05:31:13 PM
3 votes:
Great ! Another smug Trustifanarian who can afford to be wiser and more cultured than the rest of us .
2013-09-14 05:27:01 PM
3 votes:
Isn't this kind of like Oprah Winfrey getting an honorary degree from Harvard?
2013-09-14 11:57:01 PM
2 votes:
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'.
2013-09-14 10:42:38 PM
2 votes:

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 08:20:34 PM
2 votes:
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 06:07:21 PM
2 votes:
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 06:04:32 PM
2 votes:

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 06:02:55 PM
2 votes:
So now she's an honorary American African?


/Right thread, this time?
2013-09-14 05:48:54 PM
2 votes:
this is not how you become a warrior

/this is how you become a FASHIONABLE warrior
2013-09-14 05:40:18 PM
2 votes:
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 05:31:09 PM
2 votes:
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 05:21:30 PM
2 votes:

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 11:21:25 PM
1 votes:

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 09:59:45 PM
1 votes:

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 09:54:27 PM
1 votes:

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 09:27:36 PM
1 votes:
What's the over under on her being an anti-vaxxer?
2013-09-14 09:27:22 PM
1 votes:

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 09:20:23 PM
1 votes:
Grifters gotta grift.
2013-09-14 09:12:36 PM
1 votes:
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 08:50:29 PM
1 votes:

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 08:50:13 PM
1 votes:
White folk really need to come up with a rite of passage and stop co-opting other cultures.
2013-09-14 08:48:33 PM
1 votes:

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 08:40:23 PM
1 votes:

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 07:14:51 PM
1 votes:
Xeni Jardin is calling a girl "white?"

GET OUT.
2013-09-14 07:06:30 PM
1 votes:
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 07:06:18 PM
1 votes:
MFW reading her drivel:
www.reactionimage.org
2013-09-14 07:02:37 PM
1 votes:

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 06:56:40 PM
1 votes:
The only reason Xeni wrote about it was that this chick beat her to it.
2013-09-14 06:53:46 PM
1 votes:

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 06:40:19 PM
1 votes:

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 06:39:38 PM
1 votes:
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 06:36:53 PM
1 votes:

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 06:17:53 PM
1 votes:

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 06:11:52 PM
1 votes:

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 06:06:46 PM
1 votes:
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 06:03:34 PM
1 votes:
Eat Pray Love + Dances With Wolves + ...
blogs.northcountrypublicradio.org
/doesn't sound like shinola
2013-09-14 05:57:47 PM
1 votes:
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 05:56:49 PM
1 votes:
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 05:47:00 PM
1 votes:

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 05:46:30 PM
1 votes:
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 05:39:21 PM
1 votes:
Already expressed in the comments section of TFA, but it bears repeating:


25.media.tumblr.com
2013-09-14 05:30:09 PM
1 votes:
About as white as Zimmerman
2013-09-14 05:26:24 PM
1 votes:

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 05:23:34 PM
1 votes:
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 05:19:06 PM
1 votes:

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 05:15:21 PM
1 votes:
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 05:05:39 PM
1 votes:
What?
 
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