Terms of the week: “basic bitch” & “fuck boy”

One of my students introduced me to two terms I was unfamiliar with: “basic bitch” and “fuck boy.” Three things struck me as she broke down the definitions:

– I’m old enough now that it’s no longer striking when I discover the latest loop I’m out of. I don’t feel “middle-aged.” But I don’t feel young, and I don’t feel old. I feel between the two. Which, you know…sounds middle-aged.

– It’s ironic to have been in college in the mid-1990s, what with all the identity politics in the air, and to be in college now as a professor and see “nigga” and “bitch” so casually uttered, so neutered of power.

– “Basic bitch” and “fuck boy” are contemporary terms for eternal American archetypes.