Diversity & Social Justice

Don’t Be a Karen: Be a Joan

We have seen the bad behavior. Let’s look at GOOD role models.

Cassie Brighter
Brighter Thoughts
Published in
5 min readSep 26, 2023

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Joan Trumpauer Mulholland

A common social phenomenon is that a term will get washed down by misuse, until it loses its meaning. Not every angry woman is a Karen.

A Karen is an entitled (usually white) woman who acts like the main character in…

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Cassie Brighter
Brighter Thoughts

Activist. Public speaker. Writer. Community Organizer. Mom. Creator & Host, Empowered Trans Woman Summit. Managing Editor, EmpoweredTransWoman.com