So Browning, you Just a go Walk Past me so?

Jamaican men are infamous for their pickup lines; in fact, many women who have emigrated say that being hailed by men on the street is among the things they miss most about their island home. No woman is exempt from this kind of attention. Even though I don’t recall having been interested in any man whom I have encountered under such circumstances, I have learned to be respectful and courteous to them. My strategy is to smile and wave, while proceeding along my merry way.

I find that the men who employ such techniques are usually the ones embedded into a certain spot [wall, piazza, sidewalk] each day of the week, ‘holding a meds’. It would certainly be a cultural disadvantage if suddenly we had a flood of jobs, permanently removing these men from the streets [I am not serious].

The main technique employed is calling to a woman by describing her physically; less tactful men will make a hissing sound, ‘pssssssst’. What I find remarkable about the strategy of the Jamaican man is that even the most undesirable attributes are glorified in their attempt to get a woman’s attention.  Women on the fatter side have more names geared towards them, like ‘fluffy’, [heavyweight?] ‘champion’, ‘strong’, ‘healthy body’, ‘my size’, and ‘big ooman’. Slimmer women are simply, ‘slimmaz’ or ‘modeller’. Unlike in African American culture, ‘shorty’ actually refers to a short person and not any woman and a light-skinned woman is hailed as ‘browning’.

Ladies: It is important to respond politely, as the slightest sign of a ‘dis’ could cause an onslaught of equally descriptive insults. ‘Fluffy’ could easily turn into ‘mampy’ and ‘slimmaz’ to ‘crawny ’, the ‘browning’ could suddenly become ‘red gyal’; some men even have the gall to use expletives. While you may not have the time or desire to stop and converse with these men, being graceful and polite will perhaps help to brighten someone’s day who has probably never received a favourable response. If nothing, it will at least spare you their wrath.


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8 Comments

  1. David
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

    Depth and meaning along with a humor so profound. A vision oh so clear! Keep them coming.

  2. Nicoy
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 9:02 PM | Permalink

    That was too funny. i truly enjoyed reading this article….esp about how easily them glorifying women can quickly change to insult if the female were to ever be apprehensive and stuck up and the part about the flood of job and how loosing these men to job market would put a damp on the culture of the corner men and to jamaica….lol…that was funny!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. E Facey
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 9:15 PM | Permalink

    Interesting view of how woman see idle men.The strangest thing about it is that most idle men get more girls than the others that work.While the woking male focus on making money and the stress associated with it ,the idler focus only on getting the girls.Thank God i am working.

  4. greg
    Posted November 17, 2010 at 9:48 PM | Permalink

    Very interesting, many can learn from this and learn to respect each other

  5. Wizzart
    Posted November 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM | Permalink

    I am happy that at least one woman recognized that there is a problem with how “modern men” treatment our women. It is unfathomable the names at which women are called and they answer. I wish the women of our society would realize their worth. As a young man in this society, I find it hard to believe but it’s true that the number of women with “class” is so quickly diminishing; sooner or later we will be overrun by “skettles”.

  6. Posted November 25, 2010 at 8:26 PM | Permalink

    haha.. they are so funnnnnnyyy.. broowwwwwwnnnneee.. what yeh sey now.. u ah go do me like dat.
    Or Rasta Gal.. yeh dun kno mi de king fi u~
    haha

  7. Posted December 9, 2010 at 9:14 PM | Permalink

    I love this ! Lol. So true !

  8. Brenton Wan
    Posted April 2, 2011 at 11:05 PM | Permalink

    “It would certainly be a cultural disadvantage if suddenly we had a flood of jobs, permanently removing these men from the streets” Too funny!

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