A side chick can be defined as: the other woman; also known as the mistress, a female that is not a male's wife or girlfriend but still has relations with him while he is in another relationship.
Just a few decades ago the side chick was viewed as being: despicable, a home wrecker, slut, devious, borderline prostitute. If you would ask the wife of the man of whom she cheated with, she might be referred to as a “downright hoe”. Fast forward 25 years and feelings have done a 180 degree turn when it comes to the “other woman”. Nowadays she is thought of as being: confused, misunderstood, a go-getter, a woman left with no choice due to the shortage of available men. Why the change of heart? Thanks to the media and entertainment, the side chick has evolved right before our eyes.
Years ago the side chick (or other woman) would be the villain in a movie or show. She was a psychopath and a stalker. Her sole intent was to take the married man and make him hers (aka the movie FatalAttraction). Or in other renditions the side chick falls in love with a man, only to find out after the fact that he is married. Once she realizes what she has done, she feels guilty and the cheating husband is made out to look like a cheating dog. The latter situation brings a little sympathy towards the side chick, but not much. Viewers of both scenarios are left with hard feelings toward the side chick.
However, things are totally different today. The side chick has now become the main character. We know her name, where she works, and what she likes to drink. She knows that her love interest is already married or in a relationship. Viewers are giving a detailed look into her upbringing, which makes it easy to condone what she has become. Yes, side chicks have evolved. They are educated, business women, who would rather associate with another woman’s man than go out and find their own. Often the audience is left cheering, or feeling sorry for the side chick.
Indeed a complete 180 degree change from the views of decades before. Just think: if Martin Luther King Jr. was alive right now, one of his mistresses would have a show on VH1 and women aged 16-35 would love it! I’M JUST SAYING!