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.[citation needed] The term was 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 described 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]

Shane DuBow of National Geographic, reporting about the Lincoln Park Trixie Society website, wrote that 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", noticing that the website looked like a straight-faced parody.[5]

The term "Trixie" was used by some Chicago businesses: a salad being named the "Trixie Salad" at a Chicago restaurant,[6] and a hair salon named the Trixie Girl Blow Dry Bar.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Nikki Usher (May 20, 2004). "My love-hate affair with Trixies". Chicago Redeye (Tribune Co.). Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ Allen, Todd (March 12, 2001). "Another Tale of Money-Hungry Lincoln Park Girls". Indignant Online. Archived from the original on April 21, 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Risen, Clay (September 10, 2001). "Lincoln Park Trixie Society". Flak Magazine. Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Kaduk, Kevin (2006). Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball's Best Neighborhood. NAL Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-451-21812-4. 
  5. ^ DuBow, Shane (2002). "Field Notes From Author Shane DuBow". National Geographic. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Selvam, Ashok (November 6, 2015). "Homeslice's The Happy Camper Aims to Save Old Town From Chain Pizzas on Monday". Eater Chicago. Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia (October 22, 2014). "DreamDry to open in Lincoln Park". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 

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