Shit Expat Women Say

Inspired by the proliferation of “Sh*t various people say” on YouTube, we decided to pen our own – starting with “Sh*t Expat Women Say”.  What do you think?  And what are we missing?

Next up – “Shit Expat Men say”!  Stay tuned!

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10 responses to “Shit Expat Women Say

  1. Wasn’t clear to me, are these things said by non-working, trailing-spouse, bored-at-home expat women?

  2. I’ve got to agree with alan here. though many of these are hilarious and sometimes true, this really seems to pigenhole expat women as non-working, bored, and lazy trailing spouses. I didn’t really see much in here to exemplify the myriad women who engage in their new environments. sh@t these women say could be ewqually funny, without all the disturbing gender bias here.

    • GlobalCoachCenter

      Thanks, Gina, for your comment. A few of the statements were meant to be the words of working expat women — perhaps the location of filming didn’t look like an office setting but this was a very low budget production, so different locations were not possible. But here are those statements that were meant to be said by working expat women:

      “My daughter speaks 5 languages” was meant as a statement from a working expat to a colleague back at home.
      “You won’t believe what my maid did today” — again as a statement by a working expat woman
      “You haven’t been there yet? You really must go” — again as above

      Perhaps more of those statements belong to non-working women than working, but again it’s all in the eyes of the beholder, isn’t it? We see statements people make from the perspective of our own judgements and attitudes. Just sayin’.

      • Thanks for the reply. No problem about the low budget of the film. Office setting or not, I feel like you reply missed my point. The point I’m making is more about the portrayal of women in general, by using expat women as synecdoche. In any case, there’s a great discussion of this on the Yahoo Group Intercultural Insights. I’d recommend joining or taking a look.

      • GlobalCoachCenter

        Appreciate your reply, Gina, and thanks for letting me know about the discussion on Yahoo groups. I’ll have a look. I’ve looked at the video again and again — and still I don’t really see what upsets you. Yeah, we can all become terribly politically correct and stop making fun of things in a light way because we are terrified of offending people but then how bland is our world going to be? I am an expat woman — and an immigrant woman. I’ve worked for NGOs, private sector, government, my own business… you name it — and all outside of my home country. And for the life of me I cannot see what can be so offensive in picking out some of the frustrations both working and non-working expat women have and making fun of them.

        Like I said before — it’s all in the eyes of the beholder. It’s our choice to look at it as offensive or not — so what we make up about something we read is really a reflection of our own judgements and attitudes. If we are offended by something, it most likely means that we are having a hard time admitting that we judge that something as well. Or that we perceive that something as a shortcoming in ourselves. C.G. Jung said it best — ““Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

  3. Cute video but I feel it was missing something. I also feel in love, for a weekend , with the S*it people say and can understand your eagerness to want to make one. Maybe you cut yourself short with only 10 minutes of prep time. I can agree with some of these statements in the video. My fav being ” I don’t understand.” I didn’t feel that it was really directed at expat women, working or not. It sounded more like someone back home, talking about their son or daughter who is living the expat life. I’m just giving some positive feedback and I hope I haven’t sounded harsh. I really love this idea of “things expat women say.” How can this be improved upon? Poll? and a re-do?

    • GlobalCoachCenter

      Thanks, Jennifer, for your comment. No, not harsh at all — don’t worry! The video probably can use some editing and some improvement and I’d love to make a “Sh*t Expat Women Say” II … who knows, maybe in the future?! I am short on time right now but definitely something to consider. 🙂 Thanks again!

  4. It costs how much?!? ($$$ where I am)

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