The Infamous B Word...And We Don't Mean Beautiful
Whether its coming from your bestie or your spouse, this 5 letter word carries a lot of weight in today’s society. If you’re a woman you have been called the word at least once in your lifetime, warranted (if you believe that) or not. The word “Bitch” literally means “the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals” according to Merriam Webster, shortly followed by these other definitions “informal, often offensive: a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman” and “informal, offensive — used as a generalized term of abuse and belittling for a woman”.
These definitions seem to transcend not only age groups but culture groups as well. Among the older generations the word “bitch” was seen as a sort of scarlet letter assigned to women with “bad attitudes” usually given to them by a man. In fact, according to the New York Times in an excerpt from an 1811 dictionary the word is defined as, “the most offensive appellation that can be given to an English woman”.
Well luckily for us TIMES HAVE CHANGED! So much so that women have taken ownership of the word back and use it proudly as a way to indicate sisterhood, compliment and uplift each other. A lot of the younger generation use the word in its colloquial tense, from song lyrics to clothing with the word plastered and bedazzled on it, the word Bitch has become as American as apple pie.
When used between women the word doesn’t carry such negative emotion (when used with the right tone of course) with it because it has become socially acceptable. However, when men use the word, it can cause a sudden burst of rage. Men have used to word to disrespect and degrade women for ages and have thus been stripped of the ability to use the word as a scare insult tactic. Since embracing the word women have been impassive to men using it against them, hey like Queen Bee said make lemonade out of lemons.