Since when did it become acceptable and common place to call women female dogs? I don’t care if some women have reclaimed this word as their own. The connotation is still negative. We are ascribing half of the world’s population to the status of an animal. Why are anti-racist activists so good at challenging the use of derogatory and racist words and women are not? Is it that women are unsuccessful with challenging it, or are their calls not being heard? When was the last time you saw the “N” word written if full? You probably haven’t. The “N” word has become so repugnant in our vocabulary that the mere sight of it, makes a lot of people enraged. It’s meaning heralds back to a time of slavery, inequality, and the inferior role that black people had in our society.
I wish that we could do the same with the “B” word or the “S” word and others What will it take for us to see that calling women these words is repugnant as well? It seems that we haven’t really progressed that much. By using these words, we show that we are backward and that women have not reached the same equal status as men in our society. We still judge them on their submission, passivity, and on their sexual history.
Let’s challenge one another when we use these words against women. One by one we can make these misogynistic words cast outs from our vernacular. It is going to take some time but high time that women enjoyed equal status in this society, don’t you think?