The Basics of Bitch

Where did basic bitches come from? Cristen and Caroline take an etymological journey through the history, gender politics and reclamation of women's most-used curse word.

Episode sources:

"An Encyclopedia of Swearing." Hughes, Geoffrey. M.E. Sharpe. 2006.

"Bitch: A History." Bayley, Clare. June 02, 2011.

"Cursing in America." Jay, Timother. John Benjamins Publishing. 1992.

"Epithet Morphs from Bad Boy to Weak Girl." Hefferman, Virginia. The New York Times. March 22, 2005.

"More Than Ever, You Can Say That on Television." Wyatt, Edward. The New York Times. Nov. 14, 2009.

"Network TV embraces the B-Word." McNamara, Mary. Los Angeles Times. May 02, 2012.

"Rapper Lupe Fiasco Weighs In on the B-Word: 'Bitch Bad, Woman Good, Lady Better." Stewart, Dodai. Jezebel. Aug. 23, 2012.

"Rap's Long History of 'Conscious' Condescension to Women." Smith, Mychal Denzel. The Atlantic. Aug. 28, 2012.

"The 'Basic Bitch': Who Is She?" Lange, Maggie. The Cut. April 10, 2014.

"The BITCH Manifesto." Freeman, Jo. 1970.

"The B-Word? You Betcha." Zeisler, Andi. The Washington Post. Nov. 18, 2007.

"What Do You Really Mean When You Say 'Basic Bitch'?" Malone, Noreen. The Cut. Oct. 14, 2014.

"Who You Calling a B--?" Powers, Ann. NPR. Sept. 06, 2012.

Academic insights:

"Reclaiming Critical Analysis: The Social Harms of "Bitch." Kleinman, Sherryl; Ezzell, Matthew B.; Frost, A. Corey. Sociological Analysis. Spring 2009.