The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word b*tch as…
1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals
2 a : a lewd or immoral woman
b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse
3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant
So if this is the meaning of B*tch, then why do people feel that if you put the word Bad in front of it, or say it in a different tone, makes for words of endearment?
In a MTV interview, Lupe Fiasco, explains the meaning behind his music video, Bad B*tch. He explained the video as a conversation starter; about the different perceptions of the term. In the video a boy grows up hearing his mother singing along to rap songs, calling herself a Bad B*tch. His perception of his mother is a positive woman that handles her business and takes care of her family. He relates a Bad B*tch, to a good woman. However another story is told about a young misguided girl, she also is listening to rap while watching another image of women in the videos. She learns that to be a bad b*tch she has to wear fewer clothes and change her physical appearance to attract men.
I heard the words, “Bad B*tch, Women Good, Lady Better.” It quickly caught my attention, since I always refer to myself as a lady; and was confused how some women proudly refer to themselves as a Bad B*tch. I could not turn away from the images and lyrics that challenged the true definition of being a BAD B*TCH. I watched ACT 1, 2 and 3 theatrical scenes. Actors in black-face compared to rappers and women in today’s videos shucking, jiving and defining our culture in a negative way for the sake of a dollar.
I admire Lupe Fiasco for using his platform to start a very important conversation. Our culture will entertain, make some money and others filthy rich; all while degrading our people. To make it acceptable we take words like B*tch and Nigger and make it “our own”, trying to convince others that we have redefined its meaning. But can we ever really reclaim, redefine these words by a simple play on words? Better question why do we want to? If the word B*tch is an insult, when is it okay to use it?
Let’s talk about it!