A basic bitch is one of the most unattractive names you can call someone. It’s a name associated with being so average, others actually feel bad for those who are burdened with the label.
Your typical “basic bitch” gets excited about offbeat pop culture and is surprised about that BuzzFeed article that ripped off last week’s Reddit post. They’re usually the one’s sharing last month’s cat video way too late and talk about trends just as they seem to be phasing out. That all being said, it should be nearly impossible to hold a decent conversation with them without wanting to gauge out your eyeballs…right?
Maybe not. We need to re-evaluate this entire basic bitch namecalling epidemic.
First of all, calling someone a basic bitch starts with an (unhealthy) egotistical mindset. Thinking your lifestyle makes you any better than that girl carrying a Rebecca Minkoff bag and wearing a Michael Kors watch is absolutely ridiculous and inaccurate. I’m pretty sure reading Refinery 29 and brunching at Jack’s Wife Freda doesn’t qualify you as being any different.
It’s totally okay to seek a life that’s interesting and better than what you feel is average. In fact, I encourage it. The more power to you if you feel happy in your career, travel schedule, or the new city you live in. But to use them all as bragging rights to prove you’re not some basic girl who still lives in your hometown? Not acceptable. Bravo, you’ve accomplished a happy life. But does that really make you unique or better than the girl next door? Not necessarily.
This narcissistic way of thinking isn’t surprising considering the selfie-nation we live in. I mean, we all know those people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive selfie disorder. But after the third mirror picture you’ve taken today, what do you think you’re contributing to the world of social media? I digress. I don’t see any harm in showing everyone your Whole Foods dinner and bo$$ ass new watch, but using that as ammunition to make someone else feel inferior is immature and incredibly sad.
We live in a world where we have eyes on each other all of the time. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, it’s a constant competition for recognition. I’m not sure if we can ever change that, but we must learn to adapt to being up in everyone’s business and realize the negative connotation towards calling someone “basic” is entirely ass backwards.
I don’t think it’s until you find out who you truly are when you see that it’s perfectly acceptable to be “basic”. Be content with who you are, where you are, and what you do. When you love yourself for who you are inside (& out), it doesn’t really matter that you spend your Friday nights marathoning through shows on Netflix on the couch, or travelling somewhere in Peru.
The truth is, we all live different lives. It’s time we learn to accept it and respect each other.