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The term bitch actually comes from the fact that in packs of dogs there are alpha females who maul other female dogs. In most packs there is one female who makes puppies and she kills many female dogs and pups to maintain her status. If she doesn't kill them she puts the fear of fang into them so they are completely submissive of her. My living girl dog is like this, but for whatever reason, was very protective of her sister, Cleo. Any female dog gets near my pack, she attacks, otherwise, she is gentle and loving.
The term "bitch" is applied to women because of this supposed trait that is common amongst women. We trample each other to get what we need, to establish our pecking order. We are "catty" and therefore "bitchy.'
The term bitch is highly offensive, it is a slur to demean women, and IMO, no different from "faggot" or "******" amongst other taboo slurs. The fact that it is still acceptable to say and is used by women against women is a symptom of the pervasive sexist attitude of our society.
The term "witch" used in place of bitch is almost twice as offensive, it is a slur against women, witches, and the history of midwives, independent women, self educated women, lesbians, single women and all others labeled "witches" for persecution. It runs very deep and shows just how ignorant we all can be.
Can ya tell I feel strongly about this one? :LOL
eta: On that "catty" note, the term "catty" and the fighting cat noise and claw gesture are also very demeaning and innappropriate. I am still breaking DP of this one and it beyond drives me crazy.