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Warrior Princess: My Quest To Become The First Female Maasai Warrior Hardcover – September 10, 2013

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Memoir is tricky enough for seasoned writers to pull off with finesse, let alone a first-time author like Budgor. But she sure knows how to pick an intriguing premise: how she became the first female Maasai warrior. If her motivation is slightly suspect and her Jewish American Princess–out-of-water persona a touch exaggerated, that has less to do with Budgor and more to do with the demands of the genre. Because it was written so shortly after the unique experiences she chronicles, there’s little reflection, but from that immediacy a delectable freshness is born. Whether practicing spear tossing or analyzing cow dung, Budgor is an undeniably entertaining guide into the world of the Maasai, who, to her credit, she presents as flesh-and-blood fellow humans, treating their culture and rituals with respect along with a dash of self-deprecating humor. In one particularly lovely scene, Budgor becomes one with her warrior tutors as they sing and dance around the evening campfire. In that moment, it doesn’t matter why she’s on the journey, just that she brought the rest of us along for the ride. --Patty Wetli

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“Some of us face our fears and some of us make our fears face us. In her engaging memoir, Warrior Princess, Mindy Budgor does both with grace, grit, and good humor.”
—Jaimal Yogis, best-selling author of The Fear Project and Saltwater Buddah
 
Warrior Princess is funny, charming, and surprisingly uplifting. I enjoyed this courageous and transforming journey.”  
—Julie Klam, best-selling author of Friendkeeping
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skirt!; First Edition edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762786035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762786039
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jackson R. Pope III on September 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Boy oh boy. It's hard to articulate in words just how disgusting this book is. Warrior Princess continues the Eat, Pray, Love fad of disaffected rich white women exploiting the rest of the world's cultures to "find themselves" and write a book about it. But at least Gilbert was only benignly self-absorbed. In contrast, Budgor actively destroys the customs of the tribe whose guest she happens to be in a narcissistic quest for self-actualization. Naturally the African women she patronizes needed an upper-class white woman to show them how to be warriors. One reviewer said that if you liked Dances With Wolves and Avatar you will love this book. That is undoubtedly true since both of those films were about white people being better natives than the natives themselves. Budgor combines American arrogance, millennial entitlement, cultural imperialism, white privilege and new age superficiality with a zesty dash of self-righteousness. Also this is the second book that has come out this year called Warrior Princess with the word Princess in pink. What's up with that?
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For all the people applauding this book, do you have ANY appreciation of how destructive and disrespectful the practice of using another people's culture as a fun-cessory is? "Exotic" people do not exist to help you get over your first world existential crisis.

Let me tell you all what people who see something wrong in using another culture as an ego prop and fashion statement see with this story:

"With my rich white girl money I decided to so some silly self-serving whim--I ran off to Africa where the peeps there are SO MUCH BETTER off than me coz all my fancy stuffs made me sad! So I meet these people of an ancient and OMG almost magical! tribe and wowie they were doing their own ways so wrong I had to save them! I had to, I was so much stronger then those doormat bushladies who might do 50X the manual labor I do but nu uh no one tells Miss Independent she can't hunt! So I flew back to my first world country and use my first world money to get a coach on how to be good at another culture! And i know i did good tee hee because all the big strong black bushpeople clapped and think I'm the bestest for doing for a few weeks what they do everyday, and I'm so awesome because like I washed myself with outside water instead of stuff from pipes, like that took so much inner strength wow. And you know I'm still sooper tuff because I run marathons and now bushladies can thank me forevah for being kewl enuff to change their sexist culture because they didn't have the spines to do it themselves YAY."

The worst part is that she believes herself to be some kind of feminist hero for wearing a culture for a minute and showing it off like a Prada bag. This is not amusing to those of us who have felt the pain of watching our culture being turned into some kind of theatrical farce. Stop doing it.
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I got this book because there's been a lot of hype about it and I could relate to the author a bit (we're both woman..in our 20's..and ummm...sometimes I wear nail polish). Ok I lied - the immaturity of this person and the need to validate her own self worth not only gets old but is sickening. The exploitation of the alleged "suffering" of the tribe in order to gain attention for herself is so in your face that you'll want to demand your money back as well (did I help this girl get another pair of Manolo Blaniks by purchasing this? yes..I fear I did!). The idea of this book might work if the author wasn't excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity. She has undoubtedly taken advantage of others to achieve her own ends ($$$, shoes, more money, drinking in Soho, manicures, and fame). This entire book reeked reality show or some money making scheme- "Warrior Tip" of the day?!? Geez - come on. I'm not even 30 and I already am saying "what is this world coming to?!".
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If you're looking for intelligence and earnestness, you won't find it in this book. So don't waste your money unless you're a navel gazer yourself, who has never worked a day in his life and who thinks you can "totally" live like those "lesser" people for a few weeks just to empower/enlighten yourself while teaching the "lesser" people how to live their lives better--wanting them to practice the same things that made you feel so utterly useless and purposeless in the first place that you sought them out. The author is beyond helpless.

She's the first Masai female warrior? Really? After training for months with a personal trainer out in Hollywood. Do real Masai women have access to these resources? Even disregarding that, the rites of passage to warrior-hood do not just amount to some silly run around. It takes at least 15 years to complete these rites at the end of which you must be a world class runner--a half marathon is an accomplishment to the author-- AND you must get circumcised in front of the entire village without betraying any sign of fear or pain. Did the author go through these? No.

But here's the most salient problem in this fiasco. Being a warrior is beyond just "training". You have to BE a warrior. Live like one. Be dependable year in and year out. Go out hunting on your own, not surrounded and protected by men for a two-week girl scout camp. Try going out on your own in the savanna sometime and see if all that clap trap, navel-gazing gibberish keeps the hyenas from tearing into your plump flesh.

A little suggestion to the author: Next time, try to become an orthodox rabbi or a Navy seal or an NBA player.
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