The Misuse of “Auntie” and How It Perpetuates Ageism In The Black Community

ASUS BUTTERFLY
ZORA
Published in
7 min readAug 23, 2023

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“Auntie” started as a proper noun of respect to refer to your parent’s or grandparent’s sister and has now become a condescending term to passive-aggressively label certain Black women.

In the Black community, especially in the South, “Auntie” is used as a proper noun all on its own rather than saying Aunt Pam or Auntie Pam. Some aunts…

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ASUS BUTTERFLY
ZORA

Author of Stories concerning Black America & Hot Topics w/ a Positive Flare & Teachable Moment | Google Top Author | Co-Editor Afro-Cinemaphile & AfroSapiophile