Straight Up Bitch

Straight Up Bitch

Whenever anyone has called me a bitch, I have taken it as a compliment. To me, a bitch is assertive, unapologetic, demanding, intimidating, intelligent, fiercely protective, in control—all very positive attributes. But it’s not supposed to be a compliment, because there’s that old and stupid double standard: When men are aggressive and dominant, they are admired, but when a woman possesses those same qualities, she is dismissed and called a bitch. These days, I strive to be a bitch, because not being one sucks. Not being a bitch means not having your voice heard. Not being a bitch means you agree with all the bullshit. Not being a bitch means you don’t appreciate all the other bitches that have come before you. . . that’s why I just love “bitch.” It is essential for the modern woman. It never insults my intelligence or my compassion. I am proud to be a bitch. Being a bitch means I can be safe. Being a bitch means I can take care of myself. And, most importantly, being a bitch has set me free. – Margaret Cho

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