So this happened whilst in conversation with a new practitioner. A young woman that had much to say about “Feminists” and the differences between us.
I mentioned that I had a visceral reaction to younger women calling each other “bitch.” It feels too much to me like, “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” and I’ve had quite enough of that, thank you very much.
She told me that it’s an empowerment thing. Rather a taking back the sovereignty with which women identify themselves to reduce and eliminate the stigma of being called bitch. Empowering. Sigh. It’s tough, I’ll admit, however, just like us calling each other “dude”…
I’m officially releasing my narrow thinking on this and giving it a whirl. I don’t think it’s really different when used in say, derogatory languaging that dis-empowers women. Yet…something inside makes me feel a little tougher when I think of myself as a “bad bitch”…giggle…yeah..hmmm…ok, i’ll work on that..