Crazy Cat Lady. Good thing I only have one. Why are so many people allergic to or greatly dislike cats? They are so cute and awesome.
What is a Crazy Cat Lady?
The crazy cat lady is a common, recognisable trope in contemporary culture: think of that frantic running around woman who buckets of cats as far as the eye can see. After a promising career in law, she experiences a burnout, starts drinking whiskey and gets a cat. Next minute, she’s talking gibberish, looking dishevelled and throwing her army of cats everywhere with tears in her eyes. The younger version of the stereotype is usually associated with being single, strange and weird.
The History Of Crazy Cat Lady
The earliest cat ladies were of course, those halloween favorites – witches. Well before those crazy witch-hunts, cats had a bad rep in the western world. Cats dealt with the devil. Cats were related to your lust filled sex life. Although, in recent pop culture, for whatever reason the crazy cat lady has evolved into shorthand for a lonely, sad, pathetic, sexless woman. Can’t win you know. Too sexy, not sexy enough. Cats get all the bad reps.
The concept of the crazy cat lady tells us more about societies view on women much more than anything else. It has long been a negative term and a way to put shame and judgment on women who challenged traditional female roles, or were hard to domesticate and keep in line. Sure there are those hoarder animal cat people – but they are few and far between to the average single female who owns a cat or two.
Besides all this, cats are a super popular pet often beating past the dog as low maintenance, friendly pets to have around your home. We live in the future and women are tired of defending themselves and their love for their cats. The views are slowly changing.