Today I wrote about the old double standard we apply to women with regard to being blunt vs. being a bitch. I stand by my argument. I still think a liberated woman should feel her ideas are free to be spoken and shared and pursued without fear of her government, her peers, her school, her family, or her friends. However perhaps I was wrong to embrace the words that perpetrate the stereotype.
Twisty’s post today was oddly connected in the same idea when she wrote, “The designers of the kitten cover, both women, defended their stupidity with some asinine bullshit about “re-appropriating” degrading stereotypes.”
I followed Twisty’s link and read this “But we honestly believe you can change connotations by re-appropriating them (especially with humor). That’s why it’s OK for Spike Lee to make a movie about minstrel shows but it would not be OK if Woody Allen did. Mel Brooks can get away for Springtime for Hitler, but Prussian Blue can’t … context is everything.”
So here’s the new question: Does embracing a derogatory label ever re-appropriate it’s connotation or does it help perpetuate it’s offensive use?
Should we embrace “Bitch”?