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 20s or early 30s. The term originated during the 1990s in Chicago, Illinois, with a popular satirical website dedicated to the Lincoln Park Trixie Society, a fictional social club based in Chicago's upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood. [1]



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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