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Warrior Princess: My Quest To Become The First Female Maasai Warrior Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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“Warrior Princess is funny, charming, and surprisingly uplifting. I enjoyed this courageous and transforming journey.”
—Julie Klam, best-selling author of Friendkeeping
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Such a beautiful story about challenges and accomplishments. Never let go of your dreams.Published 7 days ago by Sherra P.
I'm amazed by all the negative reviews. You can read this book on two levels--as the efforts of a white woman born into a comfortable life to find herself by immersion in an... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward Etzkorn
Amazing story! Wonderful read, hard to put down and kind of sad when it's over.Published 11 months ago by Jeff W.
Mindy Budgor, I am a son of the Maasai people and have seen your media blitz as you promote your new book “Warrior Princess.” You are no one’s warrior princess. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nick Naimadu
This book is very promising at the beginning and ends up being very repetitive and slightly boring.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
By the end I was proud of Mindy and Becca! An insight into another culture that many will not ever hope to understand or see..may they live on in peace and good fortune..Published 21 months ago by D. M. Pereira
Wow- Im shocked by all the mean reviews- (they seem personal)- I really enjoyed this book. Her courage and bravery amazes me and this book makes you feel like you are right there... Read morePublished 22 months ago by TexasRN