Who’s a “Bad Bitch?”

By Natasha Lucas,
Boca Raton Campus
Web Editor


There are many phrases and words to compliment women, but there is a new and trendy term that is supposedly used to flatter women. And that’s what you get with the phrase, “Bad Bitch.” According to UrbanDictionary.com, a “Bad Bitch” is referred to a woman, a female, who is mentally gifted and a drop dead gorgeous. This definition means well, but does the word actually compliment the meaning?

Certain females wouldn’t mind being referred to as a “Bad Bitch.” It’s positive. It’s hot. You know, the language of a 20-something generation. It’s in rap music, used widely in our favorite reality shows and Consula Strickland, a 23-year-old science major at Palm Beach State shares her view.

“‘Bad Bitches’ don’t affiliate themselves with unemployed men. An independent woman who doesn’t look for anyone to get [her] materialistic things, [a] go-getter,” she said.
One young student, who wished that her name not be used, wanted to clarify the moments when it’s acceptable to use the controversial term.

“It depends who says “Bad Bitches,” [and] it all depends [on] how they say it too,” she said.

But, on the opposing end, there are also women who firmly disagree with the term for any reason and in any situation.

“I think it’s degrading, [and] unnecessary demeaning term. Part of the term is a meaning of a female dog. It goes beyond the name, it’s a nasty saying,” said Valerie Seraphin, an 18-year old criminal justice major.

Just like women, men also have differing opinions about using the phrase “Bad Bitch.”

“I feel if a girl looks good or gorgeous, I’ll let her know that she looks gorgeous and beautiful without referring to her as a “Bad Bitch,” said finance major Bernard Jean-Baptiste who’s 22. “I feel like if a woman accepts being called a “Bad Bitch” then there shouldn’t be a contradiction of being called a bitch in general. If there is, then that’s a paradox.”

However, not all men reframe themselves from calling a woman a “Bad Bitch.” Some men approach females using that term to explain their attraction to the opposite sex.
Sylva Ulasi, 21, shared his experience.

“I have said “Bad Bitch” to a female once, she felt the way I said it was a compliment,” he said. “And she smiled; it was a smile as if it was a blessing.”

The term “Bad Bitch” doesn’t seem to be going away. It has been surfacing and resurfacing into everyday conversation and vocabulary. Clearly trendy, the divisive term is being used by males and females for different motivations. The question is: should women accept the term as a compliment or as an insult?