I'm fascinated/confounded by the website BetchesLoveThis.com. It seems to be a strange mash-up of Gossip Girl and Stuff White People Like (the site mostly consists of a list (120 items and counting)(each item being a short article) of things betches, apparently, love (for instance, Clubbing, Insensitivity, Little Dogs, the Fuck Buddy, Being Late, Hating Nice Guys, the Kardashians, Diet Coke, and Not Having Sex With Bros (Sometimes)). Or perhaps it's Sex and the City meets The Onion? That's the thing - I can't tell if they mean any of it or not. Is this a manifesto or satire?
But first - what's a "betch"? A young woman of a very specific demeanour. As they explain on the site:
"She's the one who has everything figured out. Everything she associates with is trendy, every guy she interacts with wants to date her and every girl she meets is desperate to be her friend. She speaks her mind and commands a room just by being in it. She's never waited on line at a club or bar in her life. … A betch is quick and she owns whatever situation she's in. She always gets what she wants; be it guys, school, friendships, or a career."
This segues nicely into the most popular post on the site: Winning
"So there's this bro you've wanted to hook up with for a while now. Being the betch that you are, it's only a matter of time before you conquer him. … Since betches don't have actual feelings, winning is not about the fulfillment of any sort of need for love and affection, or because you actually give a shit about anyone … Caring is the opposite of winning. Winning is our mechanism to get the ultimate prize: power and control. There's nothing more important to a betch than being on top."
So this is tongue in cheek, right? Has to be. As a comment left by Read Between the Lines says:
"this site is intended for humor, mostly. It is not meant to be taken seriously."
But PrincessBetch commented:
"LMAO absolutely best website everr. you know your a true betch when you can relate to every single post."
Betch Who Hides Emotion concurs:
"i usually read these posts and internally laugh my ass off while saying in my head 'so true. so true. Yes, this is my life'. this post however, i couldn't fucking contain myself anymore! thanks, betches!"
Who's writing the content on the site, anyway? It's all unsigned. In "About a Betch," the "Head Betches" say "We intend to keep our identity a secret indefinitely."
So they're distancing themselves from the culture they're writing about. Right?
Read Between the Lines said:
"If you do not see the truth behind these hyperbolic statements, you are not paying attention to the social dynamic of college-age (give or take) kids. Social interaction is entirely a battle of who can care less, at least for the initial courtship."
But whether the site is parodying this culture or glorifying it - is this the face of young womanhood today? How many women in their early twenties see themselves in this? Are high school girls reading this site, and aspiring to this ethos of hedonism, consumerism and narcissism?
Another quote from About a Betch:
"Haters and nice people may label us 'narcissistic' but a betch knows that believing in herself is all it takes for everyone else to believe in her. A betch is treated well by everyone because she knows she's hot shit."
Oy. Glad I'm not trying to swim in that dating pool.