Trixie (slang)

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Trixie is a generally derogatory slang term referring to a young urban white woman, typically single and in her late 20s or early 30s. The term originated during the 1990s in Chicago, Illinois. The term was further popularized by a satirical website dedicated to the Lincoln Park Trixie Society, a fictional social club based in Chicago's upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood.[1]

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Trixies are typically depicted as "social climbing, marriage-minded, money-hungry young ladies that seem to flock to the upwardly-mobile neighborhood of Lincoln Park."[2] Another description calls them "the women with Kate Spade bags for every day of the week; the ex-sorority girls still lusting after big, dumb jocks; the women who go to law school to find husbands."[3] The stereotypical counterparts of Trixies, and the men they usually end up marrying, are referred to in slang as "Chads".[4]

According to National Geographic, the Trixie stereotype describes a "blond, late-twenties woman with a ponytail who works in PR or marketing, drives a black Jetta, gets manicures and no-foam skim lattes."[5] Trixies typically also have a small dog (a pug, puggle or shiba inu) and know all of the other neighborhood dog owners by their dog's name.

As such, "Trixies" are not unique to Chicago but representative of a stereotyped subculture in contemporary America. However, the term's use is specific to the Chicago area.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Nikki Usher (May 20, 2004). "My love-hate affair with Trixies". Chicago Redeye (Tribune Co.). 
  2. ^ http://www.indignantonline.com/humor/trixie.htm
  3. ^ Flak Magazine: Review of The Lincoln Park Trixie Society, 08-20-01
  4. ^ Kaduk, Kevin. Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood (NAL Hardcover, 2006) ISBN 978-0-451-21812-4
  5. ^ National Geographic Online http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0205/feature7/assignment1.html

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