November 14th, 2007

bitch

A [female!!!] supporter at a McCain event referred to Senator Clinton as "the bitch."

When I taught freshman English, my favorite essay was "Bitch." Back then women hadn't reclaimed the word to the degree they have now, so the essay hit harder. But the point remains: the reason the word is so damaging is that there is no vitriolic equivalent for men.

I can't for the life of me find this essay or its author online. Does anyone have the appropriate Norton, circa mid-90s?

Edited to add: I think it must have been a excerpt from Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel (author of Prozac Nation) because in descriptions of the entire book, the argument sounds similar. But I haven't been able to pinpoint this excerpt because my Google search of "bitch feminist essay" is clogged with citations of the magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Which is just funny.

Edited again to add: better said by Smart Bitches Trashy Books.
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