Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Prior to my arrival here, many people, on the heels of media trumped-up isolated instances or examples of racism, attempted to redirect me to another Latin American country – basically anywhere but Argentina. Now, I’m sure such racism and xenophobia exists (as it does in all places), but to blanket a wide-ranging population, both from social standings and groupings, but also economical/financial backgrounds, seems to be, well, kind of unfair. This is in a place where, most, if not all of the people I’ve met have been extremely kind and giving to me, often times going out of their way to things for me. In fact, I’ve “only” had one incident with anybody, and that was a snobby norteña lashing out at my camera pointed in her direction. Everybody else has been quite generous in extending their wonderful, big-city, porteño hospitality to me; mind you, this applies every single one I’ve met.
The people who are the friendliest to me, however, have been the lovely members of the porteña ranks. Thanks to them, there isn’t a place I go where I am not continuously showered with, adoration, affection and joy, and am the subject of much curiosity and intrigue. Based on my experiences and interactions, I’ve found them to be a rather lovely bunch that are very affectionate, attentive and well, feminine bunch – a stark contrast from back home, where it seems like every woman tries her best to stray away from traditional feminine traits. And to be honest, towards the end of my trip, I am still in a state of general shock and disbelief at how such a high percentage of the population can be good looking! It’s like I’ve been shipped to a different planet, one where people actually care and are conscious about their looks and image. Though, perhaps being accustomed to a pool of women where the majority are overweight, obese, not into guys, and/or just plain unattractive/undesirable, may have taken a toll on my expectations, lol. I’m serious! At least 7/10 of the girls I bump into here are above-average, and that’s being liberal with the estimates! Of course, that’s not even taking into account some places, like Palermo Soho, where unattractive women seemingly altogether cease to exist.
As if that’s not enough, the women, for a person like me anyways, are approachable (!), easy to charm, woo and forge relationships with. Smiling, a little foreigner-accented Spanish and a well-placed joke will almost guarantee you a girl for the taking. Though, in all seriousness any special treatment or especially warm receptions I receive are a result of my outward kindness and charming personality – and not because of something as superficial as my skin color – as a human, there’s a certain enjoyment and gratification one gets from all of the said attention. That said, I definitely appreciate and welcome such special treatment, and of course have no problem being the recipient of it.