I love swearing.

I say shit, fuck, fucking – as in “That’s so fucking cool”… I guess I’m just like everyone else, right? You do the same thing, don’t you? Give me some reassurance here.
Okay, so maybe my swear word vocabulary isn’t the most fluent. I hardly use any curses other than those, even if recently, I’ve added a new word to my vulgar vernacular: Bitch. Welcome, Bitch.

It took me by surprise the first time. I wondered where it came from.

I was joking around with a friend when suddenly I called her “such a bitch,” which had her totally cracking up. Still though, as soon as the word crossed my lips, I was kind of a little shocked. Missy Elliott, get out of my body!!!

I’m not sure when the word started to be used in everyday language. Alex tells me that it all started with the super cult teen movie Mean Girls where the girls call each other slut and whore and bitch but I wasn’t in the US yet for all that.

I feel like a while back we were saying be-atch to be funny, which made it easier to use and it ended up in daily language. It became a funny word, like a little poke, not exactly appropriate, but not so inappropriate either.

So now, girls are ok to call each other that. Beyoncé has a new song that asks us to “Bow Down Bitches.” Kanye put together a track that talks about Kim Kardashian as the “Perfect Bitch.” In a totally different world, Thug Kitchen, a vegan food blog, told me to calm my bitch ass down and even Gwyneth is on board.

Oh and for that matter, here is what I saw last fashion week.

Nice hat.

I’m a little confused. I mean, Thug Kitchen cracks me up, and I listen to hip hop all day long with all the very explicit language, and I’m for an uninhibited and modern language, and I understand that reappropriating a term means you can take some of its original outrage away (it’s called reclaiming from what I’ve heard)…

But sometimes I wonder if the joke is on us (us, the “bitches”) when we play with these kind of words.
Yes, I am talking about feminism and respect for ourselves and all that.

What do you think? How carefully do you choose your words? What takes it too far? Or do you find all that just super fun?

Translation : Tim Sullivan