Today is my day off. I woke up at 9:30, threw on some active wear (even though my perfect arse won’t be seeing the gym at any point today) and made myself an almond milk latte. I had some avocado on toast and sat in the sun, surrounded by my succulents. I have a 'marble-esque' cover on my macbook, I fucking love Birkenstocks and I'm constantly asking my boyfriend to take photos of me for Instagram (@laurajmasia, btw). I’m 'basic', I’m proud and I’m about to slam down some real talk for y'all.
I’m done with people using the term ‘basic bitch’ to trash people whose interests align with the mainstream. There is no doubt that our society has always had a high culture and a low culture, however over the years the overlapping segments of the venn diagram have become wider and wider.
The ‘Basic Bitch’ isn’t a new concept, but it has certainly strayed from it’s humble foundations. In 1985 a pop R&B group, Klymaxx, (best name ever) released a song called Meeting In The Ladies Room, which was about one woman’s struggle with Basic Women or ‘BW’s’ who can’t seem to keep their grimy hands off her man.The meaning of ‘basic bitch’ has changed from having connotations of promiscuity to simply meaning someone that follows mainstream/popular trends. What's so wrong with that? They're popular trends for a reason after all.
"I’m done with people using the term ‘basic bitch’ to trash people whose interests align with the mainstream."
For years and years girls have been put down for liking boy bands, Instagram filters and the colour pink. The Basic Bitch trope is a recycled, nasty version of the ‘I’m not like other girls’ argument that we saw in 90’s and early 2000’s media where women indirectly put down other women by distancing themselves from their gender completely.Today, being a 'basic bitch' really isn’t bad at all by comparison.
We’re not out to steal your man, fam, we just want to drink a Boost Juice and go to Body Pump in peace. We are immersed in a patriarchal culture that props women up against each other as competitors rather than the allies that we truly are.
It’s really easy to fall into this trap. No one wants to feel like they’re not special or worthy of all the amazing things life has to offer. Sometimes in an effort to protect our own emotions and try to save the ever-crumbling state of our self-esteem, we resort to putting down others. It's not okay, but it does happen.
I think the best thing we can do is have each other's back, build each other up and occasionally say ‘hey girl, diggin’ those leggings. Are they Lorna Jane?’ to that other babe waiting for her almond milk latte.
Laura is a 21-year-old Italian grandmother who likes coffee, going to bed early and snapchat filters. Follow her on Instagram @laurajmasia.