How ‘Karen’ Became The Name For Rude, Middle-Aged White Women

We’ve all met a Karen during our lifetime but we might not have known it. They’re asking for your manager, they’re telling you how much easier you have it than them and they’re presence on Facebook means sharing questionable posts. This is how Karen became the catch-all name for rude, middle-aged white women.

In recent months, a “Karen” has become synonymous with an entitled older white woman with a dramatic bob, hailing Victoria Beckham’s mid-2000s. Dictionary.com defines a “Karen” as:

Karen is a mocking slang term for an entitled, obnoxious, middle-aged white woman. Especially as featured in memes, Karen is generally stereotyped as having a blonde bob haircut, asking to speak to retail and restaurant managers to voice complaints or make demands, and being a nagging, often divorced mother from Generation X.

But it all began, like most things on the internet, out of a meme.

Why Karen?

According to Google Trends, the “can I speak to the manager” meme, featuring a Karen haircut, has been kicking around the depths of the internet since 2014 but only recently has the Karen been padded out with other personality quirks, most of them negative.

Image: Google Trends

The most obvious — her entitlement and how she uses it to justify being a dick (or a Karen) to others.

It’s not exactly known why the name Karen was decided to represent the generation between the boomers and the millennials but Dictionary.com suggests it could have something to do with a Mean Girls or Goodfellas character. It could also be that Karen seems like a name only older Anglo women have, like Janet or Carol or Susan. A young Karen, in the imaginations of the internet, simply couldn’t exist.

But the name hardly matters, it’s what Karen does that defines her.

A Karen, defined

A big part of being a Karen is using authority against others less privileged than you. Asking for the manager because you’re not satisfied with the responses a 16-year-old retail worker gave you is considered a Karen move because a Karen is above mere children. A Karen would also donate to charities helping less-fortunate children overseas but she’d likely side against them if they tried to seek refuge in Australia by any means other than the legal way.

In Australia, a literal Karen went viral after she was filmed attempting to pull down a neighbor’s Aboriginal flag from his house, popularizing the anti-racism hashtag #TooStrongForYouKaren.

WTF!!!! THIS HAPPENED TO MY PARENTS JUST LAST NIGHT pic.twitter.com/MqFfXgmV3z

— Beautifuldeadly Decolonisation (@btddecolonize) December 13, 2019

In February 2020, Australian journalist Dr Julia Baird wrote a column deriding the term as being sexist and belittling a generation of women who fought hard for acceptance and equality. No one’s arguing women from Generation X didn’t but it’s the entitlement of some to pull up the ladder on the generations that proceed them. Life was tough for them so they’re not giving an inch to the ones that follow.

So if you’re being called a Karen for the way you’re behaving, don’t respond like one.

 

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You’ll Never Move On From Your Breakup If You Keep Making These 5 Mistakes

Breaking up is hard to do.

We all want to know how to get over a breakup, heal our broken heart, and move on with our lives.

However, there are so many mistakes that people make after a breakup that keeps them from healing and moving on from the heartbreak.

Getting over it ending is not the easiest thing to do. The pain and change that happens quickly after a heartbreaking breakup often throws people off balance so they end up doing things they might not otherwise do.

And those mistakes can cause huge problems both with your ex and your self-esteem.

Trying not to make them will allow the healing to start sooner so that you can get on with your life and be happy.

So, if you want to get over a breakup and heal your broken heart, here are 5 mistakes you need to avoid.

1. Seeking closure

One of the biggest mistakes that people make while getting over a breakup is that they seek “closure”.

While “closure” can be explained away as a final chance to talk about what happened and leave on good terms, closure is just one more chance to spend time with your soon-to-be-ex and, perhaps, talk them into being with you again.

Spending even one more moment dwelling on what happened and begging your person to take you back will backfire. If your person has broken up with you and you convince him to take you back, chances are it will all happen all over again, sooner or later.

Furthermore, prostrating yourself at the feet of your ex and begging him to give you one more chance will only damage your self-esteem.

If someone breaks up with you, seeking closure is only going to drag out the inevitable. So, rant and cry for a bit but then hold your head high and don’t let him know that you are hurting.

2. Extensive snooping

One of the biggest issues with social media is that it wreaks havoc and it’s not helpful when you’re trying to figure out how to get over an ex and move on.

In the old days, when a couple parted ways (unless the circumstances were unusual), they rarely or never saw each other again. They didn’t know the intimate details of each other’s life as they went on with their own.

Now, unfortunately, everything is different. When couples break up these days, part of the breakup means blocking or unfollowing each other on social media. And, unfortunately, this often doesn’t happen fast enough.

I have a client who left her boyfriend because he was a mess. They agreed to “remain friends” and kept up their social media accounts. My client still loved her boyfriend, even though she left him and she found herself drawn to his social media accounts regularly.

This wasn’t an issue in the beginning but once he got a new girlfriend, it became a real problem. She would waste hours stalking him and his new girlfriend on social media, extremely jealous that he seemed to be doing so much better with someone else.

Thinking that some other girl had a better version of him made her crazy and her self-esteem was in the gutter.

And then I reminded her that people only post their best things on social media. They don’t post the fights or the posturing or the doubts. What she was seeing was a curated version of her ex’s relationship. Understanding this allowed her to end her social media connection with him and begin to truly move on.

3. Moving on too quickly

Another huge mistake that people make after a breakup is that they move on too fast.

Yes, your heart is broken and you desperately want to pull the pieces back together again and you think that the best way to do that is to find someone else.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely believe that people should get back on the horse quickly after a relationship fail. But, it’s also important to take some time and reflect on what happened.

Jumping into a new relationship before you’ve done so doesn’t automatically mean that you’re getting over someone — it means that you might repeat the same mistakes again.

So, take some time and be alone. It’s important to cry and feel your feelings and process with your girlfriends. Gain some understanding of what happened and make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.

4. Staying in contact

Have you and your ex agreed to “be friends”? Do you want to set an example for other people that people can break up and remain friends? Good for you but, I’m afraid, it’s mostly impossible to do so.

When people are romantically involved and break up, especially if it’s one-sided, being friends just isn’t possible.

The person who is broken up with will use that friendship as an excuse to stay connected with their person and hope for a reunion. The breaker up could get frustrated with their ex’s clinginess and connection and might push them away or even ghost them.

If you would honestly like to be friends with your ex someday, as I am with many of mine, take some time, first, to get past the end of the relationship and get out into the world.

Staying in contact them now will only serve to slow down your healing.

5. Holding on to what could be

Two things that I hear over and over and over again after a breakup is that they wish that things could be back to the way they were at the beginning — they wish their person could be the person they know they can be.

But, wishing for these things will only drive you bonkers.

The beginning of a relationship is a magical time. Hours are spent sharing your deepest thoughts, your heart races whenever you see them and the chemistry is crazy.

Unfortunately, maintaining the chemically induced excitement of the early part of a relationship is simply impossible.

Even people in long-term, happy relationships no longer have those crazy feelings about each other. Their chemical draw has settled and they move into a more comfortable, loving relationship.

Furthermore, many people hold onto their exes because they focus on what their partner could be.

My client who had to break up with her beau because he was a mess saw the long-term potential in him, especially if she just loved him enough. Unfortunately, holding on to someone because of what they could be will only be an exercise in futility. You can’t save or change someone and trying to will only hurt you more.

So, if you are longing for the early days to return or know your person can change, know that neither will happen and take steps to move on.

People make many mistakes after a breakup so know that you aren’t alone.

Breakups are painful and the need for the pain to go away makes people do things that are not self-serving.

So, if you want to know how to get over someone and heal your broken heart, make every effort to resist seeking closure and extensive snooping, don’t stay in contact or move on too quickly.

And, most importantly, understand that things will never go back to the way there were and you can’t make your person into the person you think they can be.

I know that you want to find love — we all do! If you can avoid making these common mistakes, then you will be able to move on quickly and find the love that you have always been seeking.

You can do it!

 

 

California Dreamin’ – 1982 to 1984 – Maryana – Moving Quickly Too Slowly

I met a girl on the beach in Venice and hit it off right away. She lived about and hour away, and she said she wanted to go to a local national park (Buckhorn) and go hiking and have a picnic. I’m not really a camping kind of guy, but she was super hot and I couldn’t say no. To me the great outdoors is where I keep the car. Roughing it is a hotel without room service. The wilderness is Walmart.

I get to her house to pick her up and see that she has packed a tent, sleeping bags, a cooler, and basically a full weekend worth of camping equipment. I told her I thought we were just going hiking and she said “I figured we could just camp out overnight. Just get me back home in time for church in the morning.”

Church? Umm… okay.

So we head out, we set up the tent, go for a hike, swim in the lake, have dinner in the lodge, head back to the campsite, make a fire, and settle in for the night. Later, in the tent, stuff starts happening. After awhile she says, “Can we wait a bit on that, and just go to sleep?”

I oblige and we sleep.

In the early morning hours, she wakes me up by making it very clear the wait is over. We get it on and it’s glorious.

After we finish, she starts crying. She apologizes and says she’s not ready to be in a relationship. I tell her I understand but I’m pretty confused by this point.

We pack up everything and I drive her home and drop her off at her house.

I go into work and there’s a call for me on the house phone. It’s my roommate/bassist Frank. He asks “What the fuck are you doing?” I tell him I have no idea what he’s talking about. He says “The Sheriff’s department just came by here looking for you and asking if I knew your whereabouts. You’re wanted in the disappearance of some girl. Her family said she never came home last night. They went to her place first but nobody was there.”
Apparently, she wasn’t home for church and her family freaked out. I called her and told her to please contact the Sheriff and let them know she was not, in fact kidnapped. She laughed and then called them.

That scared the shit out of me.
We never had a second date.