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Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.

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So I am suspended for 30 days from Facebook because I posted this photo.

This is a picture of me with the wonderful women of the Himba tribe in Namibia, Africa. These women treated me with respect and kindness. They were sitting in town making bracelets and just sort of hanging out with each other and their children. My family and I thought these women were really cool, so we bought some bracelets from them and asked for a picture. They were excited and motioned for me to sit with them.

So I ask you, are people in western culture just SO brainwashed by patriarchy they can’t STAND to see women who live differently? Are we just so fucking offended that we need to deem these women as dirty, sexual, pornographical, vulgar? Are people on facebook just THAT ignorant about the rest of the world, where they feel the need to report something because they don’t understand it? These women are doing nothing wrong. They’re simply just living their every day life, like you or I would. Yet facebook is literally PUNISHING me for posting a photo with them. 

It’s incredibly racist. I don’t see photos of fake breasted, spray tanned, scantily clad white women being reported or taken down. I’ve seen countless photos of white girls, even underage white girls, who post photos revealing MUCH more than in this photo, and they don’t get reported or banned. 

Why is it that nearly every week, I see some sort of video on facebook of a girl masturbating with a banana or beer bottle, a dog fucking a girl, a woman getting her head cut off, someone stepping on kittens, just all kinds of horrible inappropriate shit, yet those videos and photos hardly EVER get taken down? Why is it I’ve seen actual like pages of rape jokes/memes, and those are funny and acceptable? But a photo of a fucking African woman is wrong? Does facebook also report and ban pages like National Geographic? I’m pretty sure their whole JOB is to inform others about different places and people in the world, which is OBVIOUSLY a crime! How dare we let these women expose their breasts! Don’t they know us Americans find that horrible and disgusting?! They should be ashamed! Conform to our standards of how you should live immediately! You’re doing it all wrong! We obviously know what’s best for you, because we’re white and we’re right. 

So thank you facebook, for showing us all the piece of shit you truly are.   

Please reblog this so everyone can know and see. 

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"I just hope that the husbands don’t mistake me as one of the dark."

Remember that time that white lady traveled to Namibia, wanting to be dressed as a traditional Himba women, and they all laughed at her ol dumb ass? “The women’s howls of laughter are still ringing in my ears.” Pure comedy lmao. 

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The Himba breed cattle and goats. The responsibility for milking the cows lies with the women. Women take care of the children, and one woman will take care of another woman’s children. Women tend to perform more labor-intensive work than men do, such as carrying water to the village and building homes. Members of an extended family typically dwell in a homestead, “a small, circular hamlet of huts and work shelters” that surrounds “an okuruwo (ancestral fire) and a central livestock enclosure.” Both the fire and the livestock are closely tied to their belief in ancestor worship, the fire representing ancestral protection and the livestock allowing “proper relations between human and ancestor. The breasts are nonsexual, but the buttocks are always carefully covered. - Matt Porteous

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