domestic vulture. what?
March 2, 2010 11:34 PM   Subscribe

Are there better ways to call someone than a "culture vulture" and "domestic diva"?

I'm coming out with some travel articles geared towards these two lifestyle-based personalities and some people might take offense at the word "vulture". The one geared towards "domestic divas" might be a bit too simplistic as this is targeted towards a wife who is not necessarily a stay-at-home mom.

Any help / ideas appreciated! thank you!
posted by drea to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Maven? As in culture maven. (If I understand your question.)
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:42 PM on March 2, 2010

Seconding "culture maven", although I'm not convinced many people would be bothered by the term "vulture" as it is. I think the overwhelming majority of people would get that you're not actually accusing them of being a carrion-eating bird, because "aw it's all rhymey-cute and that's the reason why you say 'vulture'".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:32 AM on March 3, 2010

"Culture seeker"; "Cultural adventurer"

"Homemaker"; "Professional mother";
posted by MuffinMan at 7:06 AM on March 3, 2010

Culture vulture = tourist.
posted by gjc at 7:12 AM on March 3, 2010

A more general term like "modern woman" might be good in place of "domestic diva". It seems to imply the busy, varied lifestyle of women whether they are wives and mothers or work in or out of the home, without ghettoizing your article by appearing to cater to a very specific demographic such as "stay at home mother" or "career woman".
posted by padraigin at 7:13 AM on March 3, 2010

Hmm, balabusta?
posted by Salamandrous at 7:47 AM on March 3, 2010

Maybe look through some Martha Stewart pages for inspiration on the "domestic diva" term. But actually, I think "domestic" is okay, maybe replace the diva.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:56 AM on March 3, 2010

As a woman, I strrroonngggly dislike the word 'Diva' so kudos to you for ropping it. I have no such reaction to 'vulture'.
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 9:28 AM on March 3, 2010

I've always liked "domestic engineer"

But I might be misunderstanding your question.
posted by aGee at 9:35 AM on March 3, 2010

"Culture vulture" does not rock for me, and I might be one (depending on what you mean by it). Nor "culture maven" either, because "maven" is pretty much a US English word and I'm not a US-English speaker. Of the suggestions so far, I prefer "culture seeker", but this of course may not suit the tone of your article.
posted by Logophiliac at 11:40 AM on March 3, 2010

Yeah, culture seeker doesn't sound right for the tone, but I guess for now it will have to do.
Modern woman does not imply a family woman, which I am targeting for the article, as the difference between both would be that a mom would want a kid-friendly travel guide to read. Modern woman just seems so broad.

I appreciate the suggestions so far.
posted by drea at 3:45 PM on March 5, 2010

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