Gender: The sex of a person is biological; in simplest terms, we are categorized as male or female, and our physical anatomy – reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics – reflect that. Our gender, on the other hand, is a cultural, learned behavior, although the customs, perceptions, and roles that go along with it are influenced by the biological category assigned to you at birth. Gender identity is one’s personal experience of one’s own gender (Bradley). What does it mean to be female, male, or transgender, not just in today’s society, but within our individual cultures? Beliefs, stigmas and customs about gender influence religion, class, race, and societal roles, especially throughout history and in the context of language and the media, and especially towards females.
There are many slang pejoratives used to describe both men and women; however, the one that comes to mind consistently for me is the word “bitch.” Bitch has been used to describe animals and people alike, and is used socially as both an insult and a term of affection, depending on the context, culture, generation, and society that it is used in. There are songs, musicians, and magazines that use this word in the title or content. It is an attitude, a response, a movement.
Bradley, Harriet. Gender. Somerset: Wiley, 2013. Ebook Library. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.
Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.”Kissing Doesn’t Kill (Black and white postcard)” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 22, 2016