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I’ve been called a bitch so many times in my life that it has just become a part of the very fabric of my soul. But I have always refused to be bothered by the negative tones of the word as part of my identity. Being a bitch has gotten me in a whole mess of drama, but it more often than not- has gotten me out of a whole lotta trouble. I used to say (before the big C took my lady parts) that I had a bitch in my back pocket that I could whip out at a moment’s notice! In fact, I’ve never really missed having the lady monthlies so much, but I still sorely miss the ease with which I could access my inner-bitch. So why is mama bitchin’? Well I suppose that this mamasbitchin because it comes so naturally.
Here’s a little etymology to bring together the logic of a bitchin’ mama:
It is also a common English profanity for a woman that typically carries denigrating or misogynistic overtones. It is also used to characterize someone who is belligerent and unreasonable, or displays rudely intrusive or aggressive behavior. Its original use as a vulgarism, documented to the fourteenth century, suggested high sexual desire in a woman. The range of meanings has expanded in modern usage. In a feminist context, it can indicate a strong or assertive woman, one who might make men feel threatened.
For those of you who do not know, Matter came from the root word meaning Mother or Measurement. The use of the word Matter to signify importance is fairly recent. Matri or Mother is the tantric word for all benevolent female spirits. Therefore, Mothers Matter.
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All women should embrace their inner bitch. It’s part of our survival.
Of course! I named this after: The Bitch in the House by Cathi Hanauer.