Bitch, Please!

Bitch, Please!

bitch

noun
1. a female dog

2. a female of canines generally.

Slang 

  1. a malicious, unpleasant, selfish person, especially a woman.
  2. a lewd woman.
  3. Disparaging and Offensive any woman.

Slang 

a person who is submissive or subservient to someone, usually in a humiliating way

The above are ways in which Webster defines the word, “bitch”; none of which are pleasant. So, I pose the following questions to you. How do you feel about being called a bitch? Do you call others bitches? Do you believe it’s possible to put a positive spin on the historically derogative term?

I, personally use the word sporatically, usually in a fit of anger toward another person—mostly women–that I deem ignorant, overbearing, weak, annoying, or otherwise intolerable: dumb bitch, crazy bitch, bitch ass, fucking bitch. I’ve even been known to use the word in combination with other expletives to make new, more creative ones that I won’t divulge (A girl’s gotta have some secrets). I’ve heard the word casually tossed around like a bad idea in a company meeting. Everyone seems to be using it in a disparaging manner, (again, mostly toward women) but does that make it okay?

In recent years, it has become a trend to try and put a positive spin on the word with terms like boss bitch or bad bitch with the justification that using it such a way removes the negative connotation and takes away the power of the word. Are you in agreement? Do you deem bitch as a compliment that indicates you are assertive and handling your business? 

Maybe you are on the fence as it relates to the word, calling your girlfriends bitches as terms of endearment, then in the same breath referring to your insufferable supervisor at work as a bitch on wheels? Is the context in which the word is used more important than the word itself? Or does it depend on the user and his or her intent?

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