I struggled with myself for days about whether or not I should debut as a Duquesne blogger by discussing something so commonly joked about in today’s world: the concept of “basicness”. As a girl myself, arguing against the legitimacy of a concept that has become so deeply engrained in the minds of my fellow peers seemed like I was voluntarily putting myself at risk of being accused of petty self-defense, of attempting to make myself seem like I defied commonality. So I’d like to begin this post by stating that I am not trying to paint myself as an exceptionally unique person, but trying to declare that everyone, regardless of their apparent “basicness”, is a unique individual.
Girls everywhere today are being defined as Starbucks-loving, UGGs-and-yoga-pants-wearing clones. Why these popular items are now considered inferior is beyond me; clearly they are popular for a reason. Nowadays, one cannot access social media sites such as Twitter or Instagram without immediately being flooded with accounts that post material degrading to many girls who enjoy pop culture and popular material objects.
For example, companies such as UGG Australlia, Starbucks, and Michael Kors have all recently been labeled as “basic” because of their popularity amongst adolescent and college-aged girls. Yoga pants are seen as the staple clothing item amongst such individuals, with pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks being the official drink.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with liking such objects or brands, but in the eyes of today’s youth, liking such things categorizes one as being “basic”. Essentially, this suggests that a girl who likes these things has no individuality or unique qualities.
But why has sticking to popular culture suddenly become a wrongdoing in today’s society? In my own eyes, if something is popular with a large group of people, it must be because the thing in question is effective, useful, or enjoyable. In this case, is there really anything wrong with a girl opting for a Starbucks drink or wearing UGGs on a daily basis?
While it is only necessary and humane that we tolerate people who like things that may not necessarily be the status quo, this does not mean that we should put down those who may enjoy supposedly “common” interests of society. It also doesn’t mean that we should stereotype a yoga-pants-wearing girl as “basic” simply because she opted for comfort on an abnormally stressful Monday; after all, said girl could have a vast array of unique interests that we know absolutely nothing about.
So before you label someone as being just another common clone, recognize that much lies below the surface of an individual. And adhere to that piece of wisdom we’ve all heard countless times: don’t judge a book by its cover.
And hey, while you’re at it, try a pumpkin spice latte.