What does Cupcake mean?

A young female who tries to get in good with powerful men

A “Cupcake” is a term used to describe a young woman who gravitates towards influential men. She showers these men with adoration, pays close attention to every word they say, and essentially idolizes them.

These women, often younger in age, are drawn to the power these men hold, whether it’s wealth, societal respect, or other forms of influence. In the eyes of these powerful men, these women are seen as prizes, sort of like a trophy for their achievements in their chosen fields.

The term “Cupcake” is derived from the idea of a treat or reward, just like a sweet cupcake. This slang term became more known through its association with the #MeToo movement, a social media campaign revealing stories of sexual harassment among women and men.

The term was highlighted in the “Five Women” podcast aired on This American Life on March 2, 2018, which brought the term into the mainstream discussion.

Example for using ‘Cupcake’ in a conversation

Hey, did you see that new intern at the office?

Yeah, she seems really friendly with the boss.

I heard she’s a total cupcake.

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