The Modern Day B*tch
The ladies of The View discussed use of the word “bitch” as a term of endearment this week after Meghan McCain used the term to describe 76-year-old co-star, Joy Behar. It sparked quite the reaction from audience members which prompted Whoopi Goldberg to comment.
I have feelings about this. A lot of feelings.
From high school to college to young adulthood, my friends and I have used (what some would consider) profane language, as terms of endearment.
Hoe. Slut. Thot. Bitch.
On their own, they sound offensive and quite frankly, are not identifiers that women are told to strive for. However, for my #1s, it signifies a comfort-level and unwavering respect that has developed over 20+ years of friendship.
My girls keep it ?. We run shit. We have each other’s backs. We’re bad bitches and our bonds are unbreakable.
We lift each other up and encourage a high-slit, scandalous neckline and hooker heels in effort to promote body positivity with that ‘if you got it, flaunt it’ attitude as we move into our mid-30s. They are only hoes when they’re being bitches. Confusing, I know, but that’s how we roll.
Furthermore outside of friendships, bitch can be a word of empowerment. I want to be a “bad bitch” in my career.
In fact, I’m working on being even more of a bitch at work so I can get ahead. Sexism sucks and it’s amazing how common it is in the workplace: men who ignore women in meetings, talk over them, pass off bitch-work (no pun intended) to female counterparts. Trust me, it happens. ALL. THE. TIME.
So, I’m taking the word back.
How do you feel about the word “bitch”? Share your thoughts in the comments below.