I understand "Karen" came to epitomize a white woman using her privilege to cause undue harm to a minority, usually by unnecessarily calling the police or fabricating claims against them. recently, some in my circle have suggested that "Karen" is inherently a sexist term to shut women down - that while acknowledging that's not how it originated in use, that it's now lobbed at women indiscriminately to get them to shut up, and that the well is poisoned and the term is sexist because of the evolution of its usage, and the fact that there isn't a "male" version of the term (though isn't "Ken" emerging as the male version?).
and then I've seen others argue that it is a term that should be reserved for BIPOC to use, not for white individuals against other white individuals.
these are all interesting points, and one reason I've backed off using the term, but curious what the ILX hive mind thinks
|No, it's not - it's intended for a specific archetype that uses their privilege for racist purposes||30|
|It's not so simple - it might be, but it depends on context||20|
|Yes, it's sexist and used to silence women||15|
― Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 14:27 (four months ago)
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