You May Also Like

These are the least stressed cities in the USA

And the most and least stressed cities in the country are…

Reasons to skip your next HIIT workout

How long should your HIIT workouts actually be?

Matchmaker hacks and tips for finding a partner

6 traits you should *actually* look for in a partner, according to matchmakers

What causes neck pain and stiffness? "Text neck"

We all suffer from “text neck”—here’s how to fix it and the migraines it causes

Jonathan Van Ness, yoga pro? Yes, who knew?

Who knew? Jonathan Van Ness is as good at yoga as he is at hair

Friday the 13th phobia is a legit health concern

Yep, fearing Friday the 13th is a legit health concern—it has a name and everything

Your workouts ranked by BDE (pffft as if, barre)

Thumbnail for Your workouts ranked by BDE (pffft as if, barre)
Pin It
Photo: Stocksy/Guille Faingold

You guys, our brains are overloaded. Everyone says so. (Everyone = science.) Whether it’s from multitasking or just plain TMI (not the juicy kind), it’s a healthy impulse to want to give your noggin a rest. And often, instead of just coming to a complete stop (see: silent meditations that actually cause stress), the best way to do that is to give your brain something mindless to do. Like knitting. Or reorganizing your closet. Or, hear me out: BDE.

What’s BDE? According to Vox (yep, the term has its own Vox explainer, which means it’s officially reached Googled-by-baby-boomers level of ubiquity), “big dick energy” made its Twitter debut following Anthony Bourdain’s untimely death. Maybe not the most sensitive of obituaries, but I venture to guess Bourdain would approve.

Then, the meme leveled up to a national time-wasting-at-the-office obsession last week after The Cut published Allison P. Davis’ “You Know He Got That Big Dick Energy” to try to explain the whole Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande thing. Davis defined it as “a quiet confidence and ease with oneself that comes from knowing you have an enormous penis and you know what to do with it.” But, you know, metaphorically. She goes on: “It’s not cockiness, it’s not a power trip—it’s the opposite: a healthy, satisfied, low-key way you feel yourself.” Basically, someone with BDE never tries too hard, but definitely has that “it” factor. (Oh hai, Rihanna.)

Twitter wasted no time in applying the concept waaay beyond its gender-normative origins, to everything from old Hollywood stars (say hello to Bette Davis Energy) to Supreme Court justices (yep, RBG)—and even to perfumes. What about Gilmore Girls characters, you say? Done and done (and yeah, Mrs. Kim has all the BDE).

Basically, BDE is far and away the “song of the summer” for internet memes. And it’s the perfect brain teaser to keep your mind grapes busy and relaxed at the same time—kind of like semi-sexually inappropriate sudoku.

If you’re thinking to yourself: Hey, which one of my workouts has BDE? Glad you asked…

Impossible to have BDE when you’re wearing grippy socks.

Nope (too tiring). And BDE never works hard enough for its toenails to fall off.

Dance cardio
Wants to have BDE, but unless you were literally in the “Single Ladies” music video…

Chakra-aligned BDE, until you fall on your face during crow pose.

Yep, BDE’s pretty much required to get through that last set of mountain climbers.

Spin class
Delirious BDE.

Should be the same as spinning, but: nah. BDE should take up more space.

Uncontrollable BDE.

Divine feminine BDE.

Hot yoga
This level of sweating defines IDGAF. Bow down to the queen of all BDE.

So, BDE may be innate, but confidence can be learned. Here’s how Kristen Bell found her swagger, and some CEO-approved advice on feeling invincible.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

Reasons to skip your next HIIT workout

How long should your HIIT workouts actually be?

Tips from Blake Lively's Trainer

The official Blake Lively workout, straight from her trainer

Jonathan Van Ness, yoga pro? Yes, who knew?

Who knew? Jonathan Van Ness is as good at yoga as he is at hair

How Delta and Equinox want to cure jet lag

So long, jet lag: Delta just partnered with Equinox to banish the travel buzzkill

What do doulas do

You can now doula your entire life, from birth to death

bethany meyers be.come

Bethany C. Meyers’ new fitness app is inclusive AF and we’re here for it