Lately, the idea of a Karen has been floating around the web. What is a Karen? The consensus seems to a a late 30s or 40s woman who likes to throw her weight around (in a semi-ladylike (or maybe SIW) manner). The classic Karen move is to be in a restaurant and demand to see the manager because of whatever reason. It is not so much about there being a problem, but more to show that she is somebody to be reckoned with, that she knows what she is doing, and furthermore, she has high standards. It doesn’t need to be a manager that a Karen tells off; it can be anybody. All one needs to do is be a useful other in order for a Karen to pounce.
So how do Karens form? By the late 30s, they have gathered lots of social experience. Being a young women, being the thing that everybody desires, allows them to build up lots of experience and social skills, even if they are not looking for them. Furthermore, many of these skills involve manipulation. Suddenly, their physical attractiveness wanes; they like the attention, so what could they do? One answer is obvious: up their Karen game. They can go high-brow and righteous;, putting on a good show. What is not to like?
So is there a problem? I might suggest that there are many. One big one is that Karens often don’t have much idea of how the real world works. They don’t understand the compromises that people must make to get on with life, what work and struggle really is, having to figure your what needs to be done and making it happen, etc. Untethered righteousness just does not work well in such a world. People rather look down on it. Of course, the Karen’s audience is normally just as clueless about the real world as they are, so they eat it all up. Everybody else, not so much. So, surprised the Karens are.
Exit question — How much do people named Karen dislike this terminology?