The term “Yuppie” (young urban profession) first came into use in the 1980s. The 80s is when Yuppie culture first really took even though it has been around since the late 60s.
Author Victor Davis Hanson has written: “Yuppism… is not definable entirely by income or class. Rather, it is a late-20th century cultural phenomenon of self-absorbed young professionals, earning good pay, enjoying the cultural attractions of sophisticated urban life and thought, and generally out of touch with, indeed antithetical to, most of the challenges and concerns of a far less well-off and more parochial Middle America. For the yuppie male a well-paying job in law, finance, academia or consulting in a cultural hub, hip fashion, cool appearance, studied poise, elite education, proper recreation and fitness and general proximity to liberal-thinking elites, especially of the more rarefied sort in the arts, are the mark of a real man.”
The perfect example of a Yuppie is Christian Bale’s character in film American Psycho….
I imagine if you’re reading this blog (and hopefully read The Nostalgia Blog regularly) you fall under a category that isn’t yuppie but more of a hipster, fratboy, nerd or meganerd. If are starting to think you might actually be a yuppie and need to know for sure, watch this tasty gem from 1989 to see if you relate.