On the Murder of an Unaccompanied Lady in Istanbul
Murdered American tourist Serai Sierra was an Unaccompanied Lady. Like Unaccompanied Ladies often do, she took a big risk. As risks can, it ended badly. We have avoided commenting on the case because we don’t know what to say about it, even though everyone we know asks. The case’s facts are murky. The sensationalist, fantasy-based Turkish media is the least useful source of information. There...
Words by Which the Unaccompanied Lady Lives
Via Twitter: HLMenckenBot Feminine morality is one of opportunism and imminent expediency. The normal woman has no respect for abstract truth.
A Model for Ladies -- Unaccompanied or Not
Brave, cool when the shit’s hitting the fan, hardworking and well-accessorized at all times: don’t all ladies, unaccompanied or not, aspire to this? RIP Marie Colvin, who was killed reporting from Homs, Syria last week. We didn’t know her, but much that’s been written about her suggests we’d probably get along ok. She made me cry with laughter with the story of her...
The Unaccompanied Lady Uses Shame As a WMD
There’s a lot of jibber-jabber around the Unaccompanied Lady’s area of expertise in the New York Times’ Frugal Traveler column this week: “The Gender Gap in Travel.” Whatever. We don’t know if it’s easier or harder for ladies to travel alone than men and we don’t feel like arguing about it because it can’t be answered. Yes, it’s true, as...
The Unaccompanied Lady Tells You What to Wear
Because The Unaccompanied Lady is known for both her fashion sense and her modesty, many Ladies ask her advice on what to wear when visiting places where a lady’s honor is super valuable and in need of protection. Our answer is simple — wear what all the other ladies are wearing. For example: Are you in Pakistan? Buy some cute shalwar and ask a Pakistani lady how to wear a...
The Unaccompanied Lady Is Safe in Ubud
We stopped by to say hello to, Ketut, a Balinese friend, with whom we stayed for six weeks last year. Sad that there was no room for us on his compound during this visit, we described to him the family compound we had found, located in the rice fields seven kilometers from Ubud. His brow furrowed. “Is it safe?” he asked. We paused for a moment, imagining what an “unsafe”...
Hey, Unaccompanied Ladies Move to the Front of the...
In many parts of the world — you know which ones— The Unaccompanied Lady is an object of pity. She stumbles around the world without the protection of a husband, brother or father, with her honor - her only asset— under constant threat. Childlike in her purity, the rest of the world assumes responsibility for keeping her honor intact. Accordingly, The Unaccompanied Lady is...