Confessions Of A Basic White Girl

Confessions Of A Basic White Girl

With fall in full swing, it is what many call the Season of the Basic White Girl.

As the light, crisp air billows around us, the smell of a summer forgotten in the wind, we shiver with anticipation of what the new season will bring. Fall; a time for jumping into large piles of crunchy yellow and red leaves, pumpkin carving, football games, candy corn, and hayrides. At least, that’s a part of it. As soon as October hits, people break out the UGG boots, black leggings, flannel shirts, and, of course the staple of autumn, the pumpkin spice everything. This stereotype, this inaptly named pigeonhole, is a name I’m sure all of us hold near and dear to our hearts: the basic white girl.

If you like looking for fall hair colors on Pinterest and staying stocked up on pumpkin scented candles, body washes, and lotions from Bath and Body Works, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you coordinate Halloween outfits with your friends, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you wear a NFL football jersey but have never watched a game a day in your life, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you take pictures in a pumpkin patch and post them to Instagram with a nice Valencia filter, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you see the words ‘Pumpkin Spice’ in front of any foodstuff and feel a type of pleasure you have not felt since you were a six year old on Christmas morning, you’re probably a basic white girl.

This is what we, as young females, are told. That if we like to take part in these types of fall-specific activities, we are ‘basic.’ Basic: a word that has the connotations of being rudimentary, plain and simple, and uncomplicated. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting a teenage to early twenty’s girl knows for a fact that the last thing we are is uncomplicated. We are given a hard time simply because of the things we enjoy, things that make us happy. And one thing I will never understand is society’s fight to make fun of or mock something that makes someone else happy.

We – young females of all races, all shapes and sizes, all backgrounds – are called basic if we take pleasure in even one of five actions mentioned above, as if to say we are not special at all. As if we are all the same type of people who like the same things all the time. Yes, I know that is not what people – adults, young men, and other young women – necessarily mean when they hit you with the label ‘basic white girl’ but they forget one tiny detail.

They are also basic girls.

Last time I checked, Starbucks allows anyone to purchase a pumpkin spice latte, not just young females. Anyone can watch and quote the entirety of Mean Girls and Legally Blonde. Anyone can whip and nae nae - even if they really have no business doing it.Anyone can have a bonfire on a chilly, autumn night. And they do. Even boys have begun taking part in the basic white girl stereotype, though they might even go so far as to take offense to the title; the title they have so thrown on to the young female population.

No, at the end of the day, we as young ladies do not care about the stereotype. We will continue to drink our apple cider with our names spelled wrong on the side of the cups and strut in our leggings and riding boots with pride. But to say that we are all the same – not just young Caucasian females, but all young females in our generation – is somewhat of a corruption. Some of us prefer haunted houses to hayrides, and some of us are allergic to pumpkin. We are vibrant, unique young women in the best time of our lives and we should not ever be made to feel as though we are not special in our own way; as though we just fade into the background, because we don’t. We live in a time of great expression, where we are given the tools, the technology, and the opportunity to be whomever we want to be if we seize it. Because of that, the last thing we should ever do is take a second glance at the Starbucks menu when we all know what we want: a trenta mocha frappucino extra whip. That may make us the stereotype, but young women are never ‘basic.’

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chaffing. So much chaffing.

Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chaffing. So much chaffing

No better feeling than 4 minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's #1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swim suit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chaffing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one size fits all" for plus-sized women. As if there's just one way to be plus-sized. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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40 Things Only Camp Counselors Can Understand

Bug spray, dirt, and chaco tan lines are your new best friends.

Summer! The time to rest, relax and catch up with friends. The season where the birds are chirping, the days are long, and the atmosphere is calm. All you want to do is sit with your feet in the water and sip on some lemonade. While most of you are probably nodding your heads aggressively in agreement dreaming of this, there is that small portion of people who are laughing at the fact that this is what summer is like. Let me guess, that small group of people are what we call camp counselors and here is how you can tell that you are in fact, one of these people.

1. You can't make plans in advance because you have to get your work schedule first.

2. Chacos are life.

3. Chaco tans are your version of the farmers tan.

4. The idea of running around with kids all day excites you.

5. You can gain respect from said kids simply by eating a plate full of spaghetti without using your hands.

6. Getting sick? WATER.

7. You pay no attention to the dirt your legs are covered in.

8. Shower? We just went for a swim!9. Who needs words? You can communicate an entire camp song simply by using actions. It's like the camp version of charades.

10. Forget your makeup and hair gel, nobody cares what you look like or smell like. You're at camp. Embrace it.

11. You don't mind working for under minimum wage.

12. You can whip out a friendship bracelet in record time.

13. Did I mention chacos?

14. Black Magic, Mafia, Bibbity Bop Bop Bop, Yay Toast. I need not say more.

15. When you do finally have time to shower, they're short, sweet, and sometimes cold.16. "Camp is an Easy Job," is an insult.

17. Face covered in paint? You have officially turned into an Olympic athlete.

18. You have no idea what is happening outside of camp, and you are okay with it.

19. You can look at someone and say that they should apply for camp.

20. You love the fact that you get to wear a t-shirt and shorts to work every single day.

21. Crafts? You mean a way to occupy your campers for a while.

22. "Can you be my counselor next year?" Is the world's greatest compliment.

23. You go to share a camp story with your friends back home only to realize no one would understand.

24. You have friends from all over the country.

25. You are great with kids.

26. You spend the 8 or 9 months away from camp talking about how much you miss camp.

27. Sleeping outside under the stars is a luxury.

28. Ever lost in the woods? At least you know how to build a campfire.

29. You could easily start a new fashion trend.

30. Tie-dye.

31. Icebreaker games are literally your specialty.

32. Silence in a cabin is both a blessing and a curse.

33. Don't know an instrument? You'll probably learn guitar by the end of the summer.

34. You have to be creative when it comes to problem-solving.

35. Sunscreen and extra-strength bug spray are your best friends.

36. You spend your days off, at camp.

37. Early mornings, late nights. The definition of a great day.

38. Camp friends mean more to you than anything in the world.

39. When the summer is over, you stall trying to leave.

40. You wouldn't trade camp memories for anything in the world.

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