WIMN’s Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media, AND…

Discussing the B word

varreolas Icon Posted by Veronica Arreola

November 26th, 2008

On Monday I was featured on the WGN News at Nine, a local Chicago station, about the B word - bitch. It went well. No issues about the piece other than they gave me the title of “Dr.” when I don’t have my PhD.

But the negative comments I heard second hand were directed towards WGN. “With all that is happening in the world, why are we wasting time on this?”

OK, I get that. We’re in a fiscal crisis, still in two wars, and in the uber-lame duck period of the Bush Administration. What are we doing talking about the word bitch?

I did the piece for a few reasons:

1] I do believe we can reclaim the word and take the edge off if we embrace what people want us to feel bad about when they call us that - in other words, be proud that we’re strong, opinionated women. Don’t let people use that word on you to make you feel bad.

2] Bitch was central to the sexism in the Presidential campaign. Thus, I believe that it is central to our discussion on media, politics, and feminism to look at how we personally feel about the word and when it is appropriate to use it.

3] As a mom, I have to come to place where I can discuss this with my daughter one day. She’s only five, so I have a few years. But since I have contributed to Bitch magazine in the past and hope to do more, that conversation may happen before other parents. I’m waiting for the day she ends up telling her whole class that “Mommy is in Bitch!” and I get the phone call from the teacher.

So yes, we do have a lot of things to discuss in the media. There are a lot of fluff in the media, but I believe that discussing the word bitch isn’t the top of the fluff list. Celeb baby names is much closer to the top of that list.

14 Responses to “Discussing the B word”

  1. Leeann Paniagua
    November 18th, 2014 22:09

    Sweet site, super layout, very clean and utilise friendly.

  2. Kobold@bing.com
    September 23rd, 2015 08:02

    I keep listening to the newscast speak about receiving boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i find some?

  3. Homepage
    September 24th, 2015 09:05

    As I web web site possessor I believe the content matter here is rattling magnificent , appreciate it for your hard function. You ought to keep it up forever! Greatest of luck.

  4. background checks on people
    October 10th, 2015 19:39

    Hello! I’ve been reading your web internet site for a while now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Texas! Just wanted to say maintain up the very good function!

  5. Porn Tube
    October 11th, 2015 18:26

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this topic. I actually appreciate it. I’ll stick a link of this entry in my blog.

  6. solucan beslemek
    November 14th, 2015 23:54

    Perfect piece of work you’ve got done, this web internet site is genuinely cool with fantastic info .

  7. %26%231670%3B%26%231578%3B%26%2332%3B%26%231585%3B%26%231608%3B%26%231605%3B
    November 18th, 2015 00:14

    This really is genuinely intriguing, You are a really skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking much more of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your internet web site in my social networks!

  8. helpful resources
    December 1st, 2015 05:08

    I quite like looking through an article that will make men and women think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

  9. firmenadressen kaufen
    January 14th, 2016 06:12

    Hey mate, .This was an superb post for such a hard subject to talk about. I look forward to seeing a lot of much more outstanding posts like this 1. Thanks

  10. odzyskiwanie zdjec sopot
    January 23rd, 2016 22:51

    You can find extremely lots of details that adheres to that take into consideration. That is a great denote raise up. I provde the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly you will find questions like the 1 you raise up the place that the most crucial factor will likely be working in honest good faith. I don?t determine if guidelines have emerged about items such as that, but I know that a job is clearly recognized as a good game. Both youngsters glance at the impact of a little moment’s pleasure, by way of out their lives.

  11. vizsoly.hu
    January 26th, 2016 00:49

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for that problem and located most individuals will go together with with the site.

  12. great white shark
    January 30th, 2016 16:06

    you are truly a very good webmaster. The internet internet site loading velocity is incredible. It seems that you are doing any distinctive trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a fantastic procedure on this subject!

  13. 植牙
    February 3rd, 2016 11:32


  14. reconditioning batteries
    June 5th, 2016 03:18

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I am hoping the same high-grade site post from you in the upcoming as well. Actually your creative writing skills has encouraged me to get my own site now. Really the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

Leave a Reply