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    The Atlantic | Kaitlyn Tiffany | 5/6/20 | 10 min
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    • jbuchana
      Scribe
      3 weeks ago

      “Karen began as a Black meme used to describe white women who tattle on Black kids’ lemonade stands,” the community organizer Gwen Snyder tweeted last week. “White boys stole it and turned it into code for ‘bitch.’”

      I did not know this origin. I'm familiar with the term from the retail worker's subreddits on Reddit. A Karen there is the woman who insists of you calling the manager because you won't take a coupon from another store, or who claims she's going to call the owner and get you fired for not selling her something for half price because she only wants one iem in a BOGO sale.

      Now the subreddit is focused on a new species of Karen: the type of protester who insists that social distancing should end because she needs a haircut.

      we won’t personally become a vector for disease, even if we’re breaking rules and taking risks for our own comfort.

      On the subject of expecting oneself to be an exception from something bad, there's a subreddit called r/leaopardsatemyface which is about people voting for a political party that doesn't have their best interests at heart and then getting upset when they, do indeed, find that these politicians are working against their interests. "I know I voted for face-eating leopards, but i didn't expect them to eat my face..."

      If so, what is the male equivalent?

      There are two. One is simply a "male Karen", the other is a "Chad." "Chad has two meanings that I know of, a male Karen, and the imaginary alpha male who steals women away from incels. On the 'net, an "incel" is a male who is involuntarily celibate, and doesn't realize that this is the case because they are a horrible example of humanity, not because "Chad" is taking all the women.

    • Alexa
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      3 weeks ago

      TIL there is such thing as a "meme researcher".

      and this...the way our language morphs is fascinating.

      maybe most damning, “a real Karen’s Karen.