Christian Girl Autumn Has Arrived. Here’s Why I’m Excited
It’s officially October, which means that fall is here. While the beginning of Autumn signals changing leaves and steaming drinks, it also signals the return of one of the Internet’s most well-played, seasonal jokes: Christian Girl Autumn, a term that mocks female enjoyers of pumpkin spice lattes, skinny jeans, Uggs, and sweaters.
The term stems from a tweet depicting two brunettes with identical hair, scarves, and sweaters captioned: “Hot Girl Summer is coming to an end, get ready for Christian Girl Autumn.” The tweet garnered thousands of likes, but the majority of comments attempted to label the women as conservative and homophobic based on their perception of their “basic” style. The influencers’ image led many to affix what they perceived to be their political and social beliefs to the photo.
Caitlin Covington, one of the women in the photo, took the meme in stride, sharing that she found the jokes funny. However, she was quick to refute the allegations; she shared that she does not identify as a Republican and that she is a firm believer in and supporter of movements like Black Lives Matter as well as LGBTQ+ rights. Covington even donated to the transition surgery of the transgender creator who initially posted the Tweet.
What Christian Girl Autumn teaches us isn’t merely to avoid making assumptions. It teaches us to embrace our inner “basic.” Too often, Gen-Z rejects conformity. We belittle skinny jeans, the sitcom Friends, and side parts. But it’s okay to admit when your tastes don’t deviate from what’s regarded as the norm. Who doesn’t love a good PSL, or chunky sweaters when it’s cold out? Furthermore, the title of “basic” is too often placed on women for merely existing. Rejecting all things basic, like the color pink or painting your nails, is a sign of internalized misogyny. Allowing yourself to partake in activities dubbed “basic” is a step towards truly embracing what might make you happy, devoid of the fear of conformity.
So, this Christian Girl Autumn, order that pumpkin spice latte. Wear those skinny jeans, take those pumpkin patch photoshoots, and don those Ugg boots with pride. I’ll be right by your side, side part and all.