This morning, upon looking out the window, I thought about how wonderful it is that we live in a diverse world, chock full of different people and cultures of all kinds. I thought about the fashion, food, ideas, and even interior design that different cultures offer the world. No one group of people, I thought to myself, should go undervalued for their own contributions and singularity.
But there is one in particular that I truly believe deserves more credit. It is a group of diverse and multi-talented people, from all over the world. A group of highly accomplished people that spend most of their lives devoid of recognition, but always toil away.
This group of people goes by one name. Bitches.
Yes, you read that right. Bitches deserve more credit. I should know; I am one.
I’m not talking about the mean old lady that waves her cane in your face because you stepped on her lawn, or the backstabbing so-called best friend. I’m talking about the kind of woman that recognizes she has a place in the world, one of her own unique design, and takes it. I’m talking about ambitious women that don’t take shit from anyone. I’m talking about the little girls that everyone calls bossy; I’m talking about women that dare to support and empower other women. Women that know what they want and how to get it.
You know, qualities that (gasp) are encouraged in men? Usually, when women do the same things men do, and act with ambition and assume power, that’s what we call them, right?
By the way, I’m perfectly okay with this word. As a matter of fact, I think we should use it more often. It really has a ring to it. I’d put it on my license plate if I could afford to. I want to paint it on my ceiling above my bed, so it’ll be the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I see when I fall asleep at night.
My best gal pals and I have been addressing each other by “bitch” since we were freshman in high school. We can’t get enough of this word. All of the boys get a variety of words like “man” and “dude” and “bro” to call each other. Well, girls may not have as many options, but we do have one powerful word, we have “bitch”.
Some women are born bitches, some women achieve bitchiness, and some have bitchiness thrust upon them. Regardless, I am here to say that I am a proud member of the bitch community, and I am a great supporter of bitches globally. It is my personal belief that all of the badass women in history were bitches, from Maya Angelou to Madonna. And speaking of the Material Girl, here’s a great quote from her.
“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”
And Madonna, I’m right here with you. So women, next time someone calls you a bitch, tell them thank you and go about your merry way. When you look in the mirror every morning, remind yourself that you’re a bitch, and a badass one at that. Take what you want from the world, and support all the other women doing the same.
Peace out, bitches.