Once upon a time, lots of women were named Karen, and it was a nice or at least an innocuous name. Today? Not so much. Calling someone a Karen equates to calling that person an entitled, racist, homophobic, sexist, and unpleasant person. But why do we use “shorthand language” like this to call people out on behavior we do not approve of? And is this type of language appropriate in the workplace? In your personal life? Would it not be better to approach such individuals and engage in discussion with them?
To learn more about this subject, we suggest this interesting article on PsychCentral.com, The Psychological Power of Calling Someone a Karen.