ABC has a problem on its hands. Two new shows premiering next season feature a certain unsavory word in the title: Good Christian Bitches and Don't Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23. It seemed inevitable that the titles would be changed before hitting the air, and this week at the Television Critics Association press tour, the network unveiled its incredibly creative solution to the problem. Henceforth, the shows will have the forgettable moniker GCB, and the awkward title Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23. Rather than shortening a derogatory term for women in order to make it acceptable, we say embrace it. If you're going to have a stupid title just keep things current by updating it to Shit Bitches Say.
I realize I may be in the minority here, but I've become... vexed... yes, vexed, in recent years by the skyrocketing and common use of "bitch". Don't get me wrong, I use "fuck" in casual conversations, but it just seems that it's become such a go-to word, people throw it out for the most minor of offenses. "Bitch stole my look." "His ex-girlfriend's a bitch." Even when you don't mean it negatively, as in "You're such a biiiiitch, I love it!" or "Me and my bitches are going shopping."
And you know what? I'm not okay with it. Even if you are a woman. And no, I am not interested in "redefining" it by reclaiming it, either. I hear a guy or woman drop it one too many times, I can conclude s/he struggles to have healthy and positive relationships with women. Just my experience, but it's guided me well so far.
So, all that to say, I am not looking forward to the onslaught of middle Americans discovering new excuses to work it in and hum along to that awful Meredith Brooks song.