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The use of the word “bitch” in our culture has been on my list to write about, but I’m not there yet. One step closer today, however, after reading this post and watching the accompanying video, which I found fascinating. I’m going to chew on this for a while. Let me know what you think.

 

Dear Music, I love you

“Bitches Be Crazy” is actually one of my favorite things to say and I haven’t given much thought to the way that the word ‘bitch’ is now a part of everyday vocabulary; unless the context implies that the word is being used in its true sense. But Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” made me think of what the true sense of the word actually means today and how, as empowering, funny, harmless, endearing as it may seem, in real life, it still may be pretty problematic.

In the song, Lupe raps like a true spoken word artist and tells of a young girl and boy who hear the word bitch used by their favorite artists and internalize it in different ways and when they meet later on in life “he thinks she a bad bitch/and she thinks she’s a bad bitch/ he thinks disrespectfully/she thinks of that sexually”. It’s…

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2 responses

  1. In my experience, it’s contextual. I know a lot of Drag Queens that call each other bitch and don’t (usually) mean it in an aggressive manor.

    Having said that, like the ever popular ‘n-word’, I think it should be removed from the lexicon except where it accurately applies [like a meme I recently posted on facebook where a German Shepard is reading a book ‘How to pick up bitches’]

    September 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

  2. I actually didn’t know there was a positive sexual spin on bitch — I really only know the disrespectful and/or angry-epithet usages. Although I also think of the bee-atch usage as being somehow acceptable and affectionate. Is that just my personal usage, or is that other people’s perception?

    September 12, 2012 at 10:50 pm

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