Bloggers more well read than I have written about the use of the word "bitch." But usually they are interested in how the label supresses the power of women in society.
Some feminists have taken ownership of the word, even going so far to treat it as an anagram such as: Beauty In Total Control of Herself. Neuropsychologists have published papers written on how curses are unknowingly used by us to activate the amigdala of the recipient, and in so far as this information helps us better understand ourselves, I applaud them. Unfortunately, this posting, this hijackign of Sara's blog, has no such purpose.
Instead, I want to celebrate the utility of the word. Have you ever known or dated a total bitch? Could you imagine how long it would take you to describe this person to some one else if you couldn't use that word? How many times have you started an apology by saying "I'm sorry I was a bitch to you last night.... "
What made me think of this? Spanish has no truly equivalent word. "Puta" is a whore, while the literal translation "perra" (female dog) when used to describe a person really is closer to "whore" than "bitch". "Bruja" (witch) is closer, but still, it's more like "crazy bitch."
So, with all of it's flaws, with all of it's misuses, take a moment, and be grateful we have "bitch" to shorten our conversations and give us more time free to do things other than talk about the bitches we've known.