Bad Bitches: The F***ing Problem

To be honest, many of us have choreographed, performed, or even shower-sung to the A$AP Rocky song called “Fucking problem.” The chorus, the most popular part of the song,  sings;  “I love bad bitches that’s my fucking problem.” First of all, I am not sure the young man is serious about his life. If he knows it is a problem why does he sound so excited when singing about this “problem”.  Instead of this,

fucking probs

We should really think of it as this,

mr bean fing

Secondly, I don’t understand why we would want to claim for ourselves what someone refers to as his problem in life.  If I remember clearly, 2 Chainz did not say “I love bad bitches, and I’m so grateful that I met them.” He repeats his opinion, not once, not twice, not thrice but four times. Just in case you didn’t get it the first four times, it sounds like he means BAD BITCHES ARE A FUCKING PROBLEM.

Why?How? Didn’t Nicki Minaj make it cool enough to be a bad bitch?

In order to answer these questions, we should digress into the technicalities of the vocabulary of the significant targets of my argument. To do that, I decided to have a little chat with my best man, Oxford Dictionary.

Me: Hey Oxford, what do you think BAD means

Oxford;

1 of poor quality; inferior or defective: Perhaps,  inferior bitch?

2 unpleasant or unwelcome: unpleasasnt bitch?

• Unsatisfactory or unfortunate: Unfortunate bitch?

3 (of food) decayed; putrid: Could it be that the bitch is as bad as rotten tomatoes…

• (of the atmosphere) polluted; unhealthy :HELL NO! That bitch is BAD!…bad as air pollution

4 (of parts of the body) injured, diseased, or causing pain : Damn, is she a diseased bitch?

5 [as complement ] regretful, guilty, or ashamed about something. Shameful bitch

7 worthless; not valid: Worthless bitch.

Me: Thanks Oxford. It would be lovely if you could also explain what BITCH means

Oxford;

 1 a female dog, wolf, fox, or otter.

2 informal (derogatory): a woman whom one dislikes or considers to be malicious or unpleasant.

• informal a thing or situation that is unpleasant or difficult to deal with :

With my best friend Oxford Dictionary, I created a few definitions of what BAD BITCH would mean in traditional English:

BAD BITCH:

1)   An inferior woman who one dislikes or considers malicious or unpleasant

2)   An unpleasant woman who is unpleasant and difficult to deal with

3)   A worthless woman who one dislikes or considers malicious or unpleasant

….let us not forget that this woman might be a dog, wolf, fox or otter :\

FOR EXAMPLE….

bitch meme1 bitch in diapers

Although these definitions follow perfectly with my argument, I wanted to be fair to my generation. I thought that the Oxford guy might have been a bit too old school to understand Little Wayne and his modern slangs. So, I went to our very own urban dictionary.

Fortunately and unfortunately, there is a debate on what the term “bad bitch” means.

The first few contributors describe a bad bitch as an independent “go getter” who knows what she wants in life.

However, one of the contributors refuted all other statements (almost vehemently). He/She says

“(Noun): The term “Bad Bitch” originated most commonly by music artist to describe females that had a bad attitude, but an attractive body. Being a “Bad Bitch” does not mean they have a job… or anything defined above. Don’t be fooled by the previous definitions, for they do NOT define what a bad bitch truly is.

You can usually find bad bitches dancing in videos with barely any clothes on, in your local strip club, or joining the groupie hoes when Wocka Rick Ross or Juicy J is in town.

Man, I was at the strip club and saw this bad bitch with a fat ass booty and motor-boater titts.”

This does not mean that any of them is correct; it also does not mean that any of them is incorrect. Like many other slangs, words have been used in context of the era and society that uses them. For instance, I met a teacher who once told me a proposed history of the word “FUCK”.

Y’all know what time it is…STORY STORYYYYYYYY!!!!

So back in the days when crayfish used to wear swimming goggles, there were very powerful kings. Some of them were so powerful that they had a right to interrupt any wedding in order to test the virginity of the newly wedded bride. She explained that it became a rule called Fornication Under Consent of the King. Therefore, FUCK as a synonym for sex should be a better synonym for rape.

However, we all know that when our team loses a soccer match, or our most precious earring gets lost we exclaim FUCK!, not because we seriously need to take advantage of a virgin bride, but because we are just frustrated. In this age, The word “fuck” is really just a shorter way of saying”  am very very very very very very VERY VERY VERY ANGRY ANGRY ANGRY ANGRY!”

BUT, do you know why fuck and bad bitch are NOT the same thing?

1) Bad bitch is an identity!

Bad bitch status is one that women obtain or are encouraged to live up to.

bad-bitch-2

It has become a stamp that people crave. Actually, it is more like a social class of sexually appealing women that is held high on some sort of patriarchal pedestal.

2) Although “Fucker” could be an identity, its implication is clearly insulting

No one… NO ONE wants to dance to “Y’all are fuckers, everyone listening to this song is a fucker IF YOU A FUCKER PUT YO HANDS IN THE AIR”

What-did-you-call me?

Meanwhile, when the intro of Kendrick Lamar’s Poetic Justice comes on I’m like;

twerk team barbies

So… why is it that when I hear that deep voice going “See if you a bad bitch put yo hands up high” My hands fly up past Sodom and Gomorrah towers. Why do I not give the DJ the same stank face I gave him when he tried to get me to call myself a fucker?

3) Bad bitch is for WOMEN, GIRLS AND ALL THOSE IN BETWEEN

Do not even try to psyche yourself and think that when 2 Chainz talks about his love for bad bitches, he might be imagining a rock hard gym enthusiast called Emeka gyrating his butt cheeks while constantly reclaiming his bad bitch status.

wigflip-saywhat

No No, ladies and gentlemen lets rethink any opposition to this. How many Emekas have you seen on the twitter website called “Postbadbitches.” Let us actually get a bit deeper into that problem: Why is it that a website that posts sexual pictures of women is called “Postbadbitches” while those for men are called “PostbadBOYS.”  The most obvious implication is that girls and women are generally thought of as bitches and all the implications of that word.

Also, in reference to the aforementioned modern descriptions of bad bitches, which depicted bad bitches as independent women, why is it that I see no woman in an office, or in a classroom tagged as a bad bitch? Why is it only the women with the most supple bosoms and rounded buttocks that make it on the website? Perhaps, their physical tools are their means of gaining the financial independence that those contributors think of.

Please, take a moment of silence to ask yourself…

Can you call Nicki Minaj a bad bitch?

Can you call Wangari Maathai of Kenya a bad bitch?

I’m sure you think you know my answer. Well guess what..F(EE) 9 FOR YOU!

J(ust) K(idding)!

Honestly, I believe that both can be called bad bitches. But, I can only safely think that way if the word “bitch” can be re-defined by women’s standards. In order to re-brand the term, women must take utmost pride in their womanhood and understand that bitch is a term controlled by male rappers and other male counterparts who have nothing to lose from throwing the word around like it means nothing. Meanwhile, the word is heavy with negativity and abuse.

The term, “Bad bitches” is so popular that it cannot be ignored as any other reference in the urban vocabulary of youth (and children) of nowadays.

A while ago, famous comedian Chris Rock made a joke about the misogyny of rap music. He specifically commented on how women will dance to anything.  Please watch the video below.

He says, “That’s why people always say that rap music is misogynistic and degrading to women…but women that like rap don’t care what they sayin…if the beat’s alright she will dance all night. Women don’t give a fuck; the nasty the better.”

People may be laughing, but we all know Chris Rock is not joking because IT’S TRUE!

When I’m in the cub, I completely forget that the song I’m dancing to is about women-like me- crawling around salty, dirty sweat from someone’s hairy and unwashed “balls” (Refer to Lil John’s “Get Low”).

Just imagine if a random vulcanizer/bus conductor shouted to you; “AYYY! Young bitch, I would like you to crawl around the sweat that drips down from my testicles”

Or even, if you went for an interview at Goldman Sachs and the manager looked you straight in the eye and asked you “politely,”in a British accent, “Would you kindly crawl around the perspiration that drips from my male genitalia…skee skee skee skee skee?”

YES-I-AM

I believe, the caption of the meme above is exactly what we say every time we do a full split to songs like F***ng Problems.

There are many arguments for why that scenario is very different from dancing in a club. Nevertheless, I think the problem remains that we are all constantly distracted from the depth of lyrics that we will willingly make choreography and dance enthusiastically to a random man who says “Get low…till sweat drips down my balls…all these bitches crawl.” It is even worse that we all think that censored versions of vulgar music are pointless.

AGREED! Censored versions are pointless, not because they are censored, but because the intention of the song is still clear. These “clean” versions are only filled with more conventional synonyms.

You should also note that the synonym for bitches in the vulgar version of Lil Jon’s Get Low is females in the clean version. Go figure -_-

Well, Chris Rock continues to shame all of us. He says;

“And if you mention to a woman that the song is disgusting and misogynistic; they all give you the same answer: “They aint talking bout me.””

…But they are. When they stand on stage and yell “ALL MA BITCHES” you are one of them. And when he hits his girlfriend on the face and shouts bitch! He is talking about you too. Yes, words like “bitch” and “bad bitch” could lead to violence. When someone associates the quality of an animal to a human being, one can choose to ignore the unspoken rules of human relationships. For instance, it is pretty common knowledge that all humans are equal. But, throughout history, people have been able to defy this unspoken rule through the strategy of dehumanization. My professor who is an expert on Fanon’s theology told us that the Americans met with some German experts on human oppression to learn how to efficiently handle their slaves. One of the Germans explained that the best way to manage their slaves would be to dehumanize these Africans. This is not  rocket science theory, but I am explaining that dehumanization has been a common tool of oppression across most scenarios we can think of.

Every time a woman reclaims patriarchy’s weapon of mass oppression, I recall the stories I heard about the ways the colonialists mocked Africans back in the day. Some of them would shout, “Ape obey.” Because the Africans wouldn’t understand, they would enthusiastically reply “APOBEY!” Obviously, getting the oppressed to accept that they are animals makes it easier for the oppressors to convince everyone else to engage in their ideologies. They can easily say, “Look, even the Africans agree they are apes.”

Well, I do not want to be an ape, and I will not obey because I understand what those two words mean. I wish we can all understand that “Bad bitch” is not a phrase that these rappers created. They are two words, “BAD” and “BITCH”, that were put together. When we say the two words as one identity, let us not forget the individual words we proclaim.

Women and men have to take a stance on what they want their female friends and family to be called. Women, we have to take a stance on what we want to be called because we have the biggest stake in this. If we think bitch has too much distorted history to be transformed, then petition for musicians to stop using bitch as criteria for womanhood. Then again, bad bitch has been used in so many contexts it is difficult to eradicate its presence in this generation. Perhaps, we can also think about reclaiming the word. Is it possible to forget all you have heard about the bad bitches that like to be fucked? Is it possible that you can detach a bad bitch from a woman whose pussy you want to “beat up” and think of her as a woman you want to start a law firm with?  Let us make an effort to reduce domestic violence and encourage financial independence by crowning inspiring artists, and successful businesswomen as BAD BITCHES!

To be honest, “Indifference is only passive acceptance.” Doing nothing about it is another form of fighting for it. Fight for it the right way. Lupe Fiasco was right “ Bitch bad…Lady better.”

By the way, 2 Chainz, you do have a problem. I suggest you sober up about it and see a damn therapist!

sobered up 2chainz

Yours Sincerely,

Honest.

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