Who We Callin’ a Bitch?
What Queen Latifah must be thinking right now! “I’m a bad bitch.” “I’m a boss bitch.” “This is my resting bitch face.”
You know what that sounds like to me? “You’re a dumb bitch.”
It didn’t feel good to be called a bitch that time, did it?
Enough already! Think about what that word really means? The word “bitch” generally has been used to degrade women, to offend us. Yet we use that word in lieu of “woman” or “lady.” Most feminists argue that the word “lady” is offensive, but we are accepting the label “bitch” now? We are going backwards.
Webster’s Dictionary first defines “bitch” as “the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals.” That is followed by: “often offensive: a lewd or immoral woman.” And then: “often offensive: a malicious, spiteful or overbearing woman – sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse.” Webster’s third definition of “bitch” is: “something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant.”
I for one am neither a dog nor a bitch in any sense of the word – and neither are you. We are women. We are ladies. We are mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends. Don’t accept being called a bitch or call yourself one thinking it is okay. In reality, it is the biggest backhanded compliment there is. What would you do if your child referred to you as a bitch after you repeatedly used the word to describe yourself? I know what Queen Latifah would do…. U.N.I.T.Y.