The Bitch

On the Importance of Bitches, and of Being a Bitch

Bitchy adj
Having the threatening characteristics of a female canine (a wolf, dingo, coyote, wild dog, fox) applied esp. to a woman who is active, direct, blunt, obnoxious, competent, loud-mouthed, independent, stubborn, demanding, achieving, overwhelming, Lusty, strong-minded, scary, ambitious, tough, brassy, boisterous, turbulent, sprawling, strident, striding, and large (physically and/or psychically).

— Mary Daly and Jane Caputi, Websters' First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language

Canny Comment:
Bitches are good examples of how women can be strong enough to survive even the rigid, punitive socialization of our society. As young girls it never quite penetrated their consciousness that women were supposed to be inferior to men in any but the mother/helpmate role. They asserted themselves as children and never really internalized the slave style of wheedling and cajolery which is called feminine. All Bitches refused, in mind and spirit, to conform to the idea that there were limits on what they could be and do.
— Joreen, The Bitch Manifesto

Isn't it odd how men think they're insulting a woman by calling her a "bitch"?

The story of Rome's founders, Romulus and Remus, being suckled by a wolf-bitch may come from a very ancient Sabine cult of Lupa, the Goddess as a She-Wolf.

But why men fear "bitches" may have more to do with a dim memory of the association of many death-dealing goddesses with hounds, such as Artemis, Hecate and Hel. To this day, much folklore associates dogs with death.

"According to the Vedic tradition, the Bitch-goddess Sarama was the mistress of the death dogs, and a divine huntress like Artemis, Diana, Anath and other western versions of the lunar maiden."

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