Over at New York Magazine, Noreen Malone questions the very essence of the Basic Bitch, or modern day “casual misogyny” as she calls it. Every girl who wears a sweater, wants a steady career and family, and likes anything that’s ever been on Pinterest can be coined a Basic Bitch and that’s sad. It’s modern day misogyny, Malone says.
Buzzfeed’s resident scholar, Anne Helen Peterson, weighs in: “Basic girls love the things they do because nearly every part of American commercial media has told them that they should.
'Basic' is, at bottom, a stereotype. And like all stereotypes, we fling it at others in order to distance ourselves from them. These people are this thing; therefore, I am this other thing. Stereotypes are deployed most fervently — and with the most hostility — when the group wielding them is most anxious to distance itself from another group that, in truth, isn’t so distant after all.”
“Basic Bitch” was used in black cultures before it transferred to the pumpkin-spice wielding millennials of today. I’m guilty of making this easy stab quite often. With my friends; sarcastically on my Instagram; my most popular through Haikus.
But Malone and Peterson are right. While the Basic Bitch was what we were all searching for in a term, it’s become not only mainstream, but a stereotype to throw at others to show how different our unique Selves are. Not unlike the Hipster, it’s overdone and has and seen its day.
What was once another lunchroom label is now a term to categorize and criticize most women for simply being women in modern day consumerist culture. Let the Hunger Games begin, declares Vice, but count me out. I call truce.