One troper suggested that using the word "bitch" to describe a woman that was acting horribly was demeaning to women everywhere.
It just happens to be a gendered insult. People (typically) use "bitch" as an insult when the target is female, "son of a bitch" when the target is male. It's not gender-neutral, but to say it's "demeaning to women everywhere" is pushing it.
I think being gender-neutral is on some level self-defeating, as it raises the question as to how the sexes got so different without them tracing back to some other set of differences.
If you're female, and your subordinates at work hate you because you act "like a bitch"* That is, assertive and dominant, the way male bosses are SUPPOSED to act
Uh, no, it doesn't necessarily mean that.
For one thing, a woman can be called a bitch for reasons having nothing to do with assertiveness or authority and everything to do with dishonesty, manipulativeness, etc...
For another, it's often used for the complete opposite, submissiveness. "Each one of them was his little bitch" etc...
edited 5th Jun '12 3:34:05 PM by HiddenFacedMatt