Should Women Reclaim The B-Word?
MY love affair with rap and hip-hop has taught me a lot about language, my other love.
A 'Bad Bitch', Rose defines, is a 'a self respecting, strong female who has everything together'
Via rambunctious beats and infectious hooks, I’ve studied the colourful use of metaphors. It taught me ‘bad’ can certainly mean ‘good’, that there’s no better verbal weaponry than a well-timed f-word, and despite better judgement you can reclaim words - evil words, that have historically been used to demean a racial class or group - and strip them of their ammunition.
We all know which word I’m talking about. Yet I’m still uncomfortable with writing it down.
So yes, on the flip side I don’t agree with all of hip-hop and all its controversial use of language (let’s not get me started on the misogyny) but the so-called 'repossession' of the N-word has allowed victims of other harmful words to take ownership.
Should gay men welcome ‘fag’, lesbians adopt ‘dyke’, the overweight claim 'fat' - and if I call you other women folk 'a bitch' in jest will you take offence?
Is it time to accept rather than reject?
Take Amber Rose; a model, a former stripper and now most commonly known for her dalliances with rappers Kanye West and former husband Wiz Khalifa. West, known for saying a whole bunch of controversial conjecture (or is it genius?), claimed in a recent radio interview that before he jumped into his marital bed with Kim ‘sex tape’ Kardashian he had to ‘have 30 showers’ to cleanse himself of his relationship with, we’re assuming, a dirty Amber Rose.
It’s a classic case of slut shaming. ‘Slut’ – another hate label dying to be reclaimed.