If you’re anything like me, coffee is a must for you in the morning. You might wear UGG boots when it’s cold; own a few pairs of underwear from Victoria’s Secret, be obsessed with the idea of traveling to Paris, and even listen Tee Swift on a rainy day. Apparently, there’s a problem with relating all of these things, categorizing a majority of us women as “basic.” For those of you who aren’t aware, being basic is this term that we’ve come up within the past few years. It defines and technically insults, what it means to like UGG boots, drink skinny girl martinis, and avoid carbs. “The basic bitch,” is most likely always portrayed as a white, middle to upper class girl who unknowingly lusts after loud or mainstream brands. For example, type in “white girl outfit,” or “basic” into Google, and you’ll actually see ideas for Halloween costumes as a basic bitch. With this, you’ll have related searches such as “Starbucks” and “selfie.” These stereotypes have gone way too far, and it’s starting to get out of hand. Taking on and encouraging American pop culture, various websites have a large amount of quizzes and articles to tell you if you fall under this category or not, mainly depending on your source of habit. These quizzes really disgust me. Except, the funny thing is that we actually participate in these quizzes and read the “19 Signs You Aren’t a Basic Bitch,” to reassure ourselves that we aren’t falling into this perception.
The word basic is a beautifully built, useful insult. But, making assumptions about habits based on gender and women’s interest isn’t going to get us anywhere. I understand that we are criticizing the lack of imagination and creativity here – but why are we doing so? As a 19-year-old girl, I shouldn’t have to watch what I eat, what I drink, or what I wear. I should be doing what I want without effort because I LIKE and I WANT to do it! I’m sorry if I’m not surprising you because I didn’t dress like Miley or Nicki today, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Being called a Basic, as a noun, is actually comical to me. If you’re calling me basic by name because I’m comfortable today, I’m pretty sure I would at least have the guts to call you a “basic” bitch to your face. I’m seeing that once again, we are letting brands and other people define who we are as women, only because we tend to like some of the same things.
You cannot allow these terms set out against women to label yourself! Just because I’m a white girl that likes Starbucks, doesn’t mean that I’m the same person as the white girl next to me that like Starbucks – even if we’re both wearing leggings. Listen America, I HAVE to have my coffee in the morning – it’s a necessity. And it might just so happen, that my favorite flavor at Starbucks is pumpkin spice. Coffee is AMAZING and an absolute god send, who would deny that?! I own a few pairs of UGG boots, and hey, they’re the warmest and coziest things I’ve got. So if it is below freezing, I think I might wear them. Oh, and white converse? They match almost anything. So, to all women who have ever seemed to fall under this category of “basic” – I’m sure that much like me, you’re the farthest thing from it. Don’t be afraid to break away from societal norms and do what you please! It’s your life, your body, your taste buds…your choice. And America? Cut it out. I really enjoy pumpkin spice lattes.