Ladies, if you've ever used the word "basic" to describe yourself or the actions you're participating in, you're enabling the patriarchy and likely suffering from internalized misogyny.
And I bet you'd didn't even know you hated women.
Well, that's what the bats*** crazy feminists over at Teen Vogue believe. In a piece published last month, feminist writer Jackie Veling explained that the term "basic" is actually a tool of the patriarchy and terribly oppressive for every pumpkin spice latte-lovin', UGG boot-rockin' female. And, alas, we must ban the word if we want real equality.
In the piece, titled "I Stopped Using the Word 'Basic' and So Should You," Veling explains: "Making fun of girls for simply liking the same things even though they’re totally normal things to like and everyone actually likes them is a basic component of patriarchy."
"To be basic is to be inherently bad — more specifically, unoriginal, tacky, silly, and yes, stupid," she writes.
But women mustn't "own" the word and use it on their own terms (although feminists bizarrely advocate for the "ownership" of the word "slut"), we must instead ban the word entirely (except in a tweet promoting a ridiculous op-ed).
"I would like to propose a different solution: Let’s all stop saying this word once and for all, because really liking things that other girls also really like is actually not embarrassing," says the feminist.
Veling explained that she took the heroic step of refraining from using this innocuous word after she recognized her own "internalized misogyny":
I first decided to care about the word “basic” when I was getting dressed for my job last fall. It was finally cold out, and all I wanted was to wear my brown UGG boots that feel like straight-up pillows on my feet. (By the way, UGG boots are magic and don’t trust anyone who tells you otherwise.)
My office environment is very casual, so this shouldn’t have been a problem. But I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
There was this unshakable feeling that wearing these boots would somehow erode the carefully cultivated image I had created for myself as a smart, professional, serious employee who cares about real issues in the world.
In other words, I didn’t want to be seen as one of those girls. You know, the basic kind. Note: Internalized misogyny is really fun.
The more I thought about this, the madder it made me. The only reason wearing these boots would be “bad” is because so many other girls had worn them before me. That was literally it. There were no other criteria. And yet to label myself like other girls, thousands of them in fact, meant potentially risking how I’m perceived in the world.
So yeah, the whole “basic” thing is all fun and games until you’re standing in front of a mirror, wondering which footwear best says, “Hello, I like sensible shoes that protect me from the elements, but don’t worry, I’m not an idiot.”
Stunning and brave.
Veling whined about men doing "basic" things in the Fall, too, but never getting called out for it. "But be a young woman and portray a certain giddiness about leaves turning, and you are definitely basic. Sorry. That’s just how it goes," she complained.
"If you don’t want to live in that world — and you shouldn’t, because though this seems like no big deal, it actually is just one more insidious way to make you feel less than — cut the word 'basic' from your vocabulary. We do not need one more word in the English language to tell young women they’re doing life wrong and their experiences are invalid," declared Veling.
"You can be like all the other girls and be smart, so let’s stop saying a word that’s trying to imply the exact opposite," concluded the feminist.
Move over, Susan B. Anthony, real feminism is here!