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Notes from a bitch…

Let’s talk a bit about taking back words.
If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me about one of my nicknames this bitch would be damn near debt free (wink). I’ve had the nickname Shark-Fu…or some variation on that theme…since I was a wee bitch of five. And the ABB nickname was the inspiration of readers of my blog AngryBlackBitch.com. The interesting thing is that both my nickname and the name of my blog are the result of my deliberate claiming of language and words previously used against me.
Shall we?
I became the victim of a bully the first day of kindergarten and remained a steady target throughout my grade school career. ...

Let’s talk a bit about taking back words.
If I had a dollar for every time someone has asked me about one of my nicknames this bitch would be damn near debt free (wink). I’ve had ...

The D-word

My best friend has long been quick to scold me, in the motherly-yet-not-annoying way that only she can, not to use the word “douchebag” as an insult. Granted, it’s not something I say all the time. But admittedly, it’s a word that slips out sometimes to describe people (usually guys, if I’m being honest) who do something shitty to me or to one of my friends. “Ugh!” says my dear friend, who is normally not a language-policing type. “Don’t use a word that’s related to a woman’s anatomy as an insult.”
I’ll be honest: It’s a word we’re not shy about using on Feministing. A quick search of the archives shows we’ve applied the term “douchebag” to people who ...

My best friend has long been quick to scold me, in the motherly-yet-not-annoying way that only she can, not to use the word “douchebag” as an insult. Granted, it’s not something I say all the time. But ...

Don’t you call me sweetheart

Like Cara, I don’t respond well to “sweetie.”

Obama has apologized to the reporter:

“Second apology is for using the word ’sweetie.’ That’s a bad habit of mine. I do it sometimes with all kinds of people. I mean no disrespect and so I am duly chastened on that front.�

Indeed, it appears to be a habit. Over at Broadsheet, Rebecca Traister explains why it doesn’t matter that he “meant no disrespect,” why it doesn’t matter that it was a spontaneous utterance, why it doesn’t matter that he uses this term with “all kinds of people.” It’s still sexist.

Like Cara, I don’t respond well to “sweetie.”

Obama has apologized to the reporter:

“Second apology is for using the word ’sweetie.’ That’s a bad habit of mine. I do it sometimes with all kinds of people. ...

Sexist Synonyms: Who the fuck are you calling ‘weaker’?

Please, pretty please, someone tell me that a misogynist hacker got into thesaurus.com. Because this just seems to crazy to believe. Screen shot is here, in case it is a joke and gets taken down…
Thanks to Christine for the heads up…
Seems Jezebel caught this yesterday as well.

Please, pretty please, someone tell me that a misogynist hacker got into thesaurus.com. Because this just seems to crazy to believe. Screen shot is here, in case it is a joke and ...

The Ol’ F-Word Debate

Does is matter if women identify as feminist or is just important that they live feminist values?
It’s a question that has haunted the movement for ages. It came up quite a bit for me when I was teaching gender studies at Hunter College. I could see that I was reaching the young women in men in my class–that they were moved to think about race and sex as constructs, sexism in the workplace, rape, sexuality as a spectrum not a binary (in other words, they were really “getting it”)–but few of them left my class wearing the feminist label proudly on their sleeves. Did I fail? Or was it enough that they were thinking and acting like feminists?

Does is matter if women identify as feminist or is just important that they live feminist values?
It’s a question that has haunted the movement for ages. It came up quite a bit for me when I ...

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