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  1. Melina Elisa says

    lmfaoo, when you said meredith blake, I was like why does that name sound so familiar…and then when you said parent trap, I had the biggest “aha!” moment ever. Literally my finger was in the air and everything. No, but seriously, I think the word bitch can be used in different contexts depending on who’s using it. When a man says it, it’s frustrating, because you know he’s using that word as an insult. If a girl uses it, it totally depends. Me and my friends throw that word around, and it’s not in a negative way. I never thought of the fact that society has been the one to deem that word negatively. Great post Larua! xxx

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    • LauraJ says

      It’s a weird one, because women do say it in a good way, but there is this strong meaning, especially in the UK, that a bitch is a female insult to describe typical ‘female’ traits like cattiness and gossip.

      I like that people are challenging these views and taking a word so linked to women, and saying actually, we’re going to embrace some of the negative traits it stands for.
      Thank you so much for reading! xx

  2. thatfeelinginside says

    I think there is so much power in being able to turn an insult into something else. The word bitch can be inspiring for sure. Parent trap is a brilliant movie! I was thinking about it today haha, i hated meredith when I was younger but the more i think of it now the more i kind of feel bad for her!xz

    • LauraJ says

      I feel the same! In fairness to Meredith, Annie never tried to be nice to her. It was always going to be an issue. But the film did make it seem that Meredith was simply after his money. I’m going to have to watch it again this week! xx

  3. K.M. Sutton says

    I have friends from all over the world and it always amazes me how one culture deems a word disgusting and another culture uses it as a term of endearment. (The C word is one of those that is highly controversial) I think it depends on the intent behind the word like with anything. I use bitch, but I also interchange it, depending on who or what I am talking about, I might be using it derogatory, or endearingly, or even jokingly. It all depends on the situation.
    I have thought a lot about words. Last week a stranger on the street called me babe in a very objectifying manner and I got mad, but boyfriends have called me babe in an endearing manner and I am okay with that.
    I think instead of thinking of a word as bad or good we need to start looking at tone and intent. As always you give such great food for thought beauty. Also I always feel like i write you books in your comments! ;p Thanks for sharing <3

    • LauraJ says

      I love your commentry books! It’s really the nicest thing as a writer, to know that someone cares deeply enough to take the time to create a detailed response.
      You really are the best! Just to let you know as well, I’m catching up with all your posts later. I don’t want to rush through them now.
      Your last paragraph sums up my sentiments. We need to stop being so quick in general, to head to one extreme or the other. It’s definitely about the intent, but I like that women are taking the word bitch and it’s negative meanings, and saying actually we’re going to own this and make it positive.
      Thank you so much beautiful for reading! x

  4. The Life of Jea says

    I LOVE The Parent Trap, both the originals and the -98 one!
    I remember feeling sorry for Meredith, I always felt that things could have been handled different from all the adults and maybe she would have been liked? And maybe she would have liked the kids?
    In Sweden, ‘bitch’ is only ever used in a nasty way, so I can’t really say anyting about that 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      I love that you love The Parent Trap! The 98 one is my favourite movie – I’ve never stopped watching it. I even adore the fashion and grew up wishing I owned Elizabeth’s wardrobe.
      I get what you mean. As a child I just didn’t like Meredith because I loved the mum. But now, she couldn’t really be blamed at first for falling for a man who had twins – who hated her. 🙂

      • The Life of Jea says

        I grew up with the originals, so they’re always number one for me 🙂 Hayley Mills who played the twins was sooo cute! The dad was amazing,! And I love that the woman playing Merediths mum in the -98 one had Merediths role in the original.
        I could even get over the “1961 quality” 🙂

  5. Mahalakshmi says

    You’ve presented quite the unique perspective on the connotation of being a ‘bitch’. It’s funny how the word is used as an insult at times and as a praise at times. The media always says that there’s two kinds of b*tches on the block- the sad/jealous/uninspiring one or the bold/gutsy/assertive one, you know? It’s either black or white- but it doesn’t have to be that way. Love this post!

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you!! I think that’s how the media put women in general. They are either nice or horrible, jealous or successful etc.
      I like that people are challenging the word and more women are choosing for themselves, what it means to them. It seems like a nice direction 🙂

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