It’s Time to Retire the Term “MILF,” Internet: Say Hello to the WHIP


Will all the WHIPs please stand up?

 

 

Last week, Vogue editor Michelle Ruiz wrote a piece called “This Just In: WHIPs Are the New MILFs.” The attention-grabbing detail here isn’t the new catchy acronym per se, but the fact that the headline ties it together with the term MILF. Recap: it means Mother I’d Like to F***, a slang term so vulgar yet so heavily engrained in pop culture that its misogynistic undertones are deemed acceptable (remember Mrs. Robinson and Stacy’s mom—who’s got it going on?)

 

It’s even worded in a milder manner as “a sexually attractive older woman, typically one who has children” for today’s increasingly PC-oriented society. Still, any woman given this backhanded compliment would eventually feel uneasy at the thought of her attractiveness being limited to the *astonishing* preservation of her good looks…given she’s an older woman and everything.

 

Source  The Stag Company

 

Fetishizing older women isn’t a new concept, but there have been attempts to give it new meaning: Most recently, in an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” kind of move, singer Fergie tried to put a positive spin on the term and came out with a single entitled “M.I.L.F. $” (pronounced MILF money,) switching up the F-word to introduce “Moms I’d Like to Follow.” Did it make for good entertainment? Yes. Did it remove the association between older women and still being attractive enough to take to bed? Not so much.

 

So what is a WHIP and why is the motion to have it replace the term “MILF” such an exciting premise? WHIP is short for “women who are hot, intelligent and in their prime.”

 

Gone are the days when women are expected to be one or the other: if you’re hot, you’re probably unintelligent. If you’re in your prime, it’s probably because you let the other aspects of your life go. It overrides the unwritten rules of society that tie success with having children or being married or beauty with just a fit bod, a pretty face or an age bracket.

 

International Human Rights lawyer Amal Clooney, known for advocating on behalf of exploited groups is a WHIP.

 

Internationally acclaimed handbag designer, co-founder of the SoFA Design Institute and mother of three Amina Aranaz-Alunan is a WHIP. via @aminaaranaz on Instagram

 

Fashion designer and artist Samantha Richelle is a WHIP. via samantharichelle.com

 

Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chair of the Educational Partnership for Children in Conflict and First They Killed My Father director Angelina Jolie is a WHIP.

 

Supermodel and KORA Organics founder Miranda Kerr is a WHIP.

 

WHIP is a term intended to reacquaint society with what women are capable of—and we are living for it.

 

 

 

Cheers to all the WHIPs out there!