The burning question is, what will people call their female dogs in New York City if the b-word follows the fate of the n-word?
The New York City Council, which drew national headlines when it passed a symbolic citywide ban earlier this year on the use of the so-called n-word, has turned its linguistic (and legislative) lance toward a different slur: bitch.Is it okay for a woman to say: Darlene Mealy, you are a bitch. I suspect bitches such as Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn would like to make the utterance of certain words found in the Oxford dictionary hate crimes, but the rappers of the world would likely cry racism if their rather limited lexicon was singled out, resulting in a tribunal stalemate.
While the bill also bans the slang word “ho,” the b-word appears to have acquired more shades of meaning among various groups, ranging from a term of camaraderie to, in a gerund form, an expression of emphatic approval. Ms. Mealy acknowledged that the measure was unenforceable, but she argued that it would carry symbolic power against the pejorative uses of the word. Even so, a number of New Yorkers said they were taken aback by the idea of prohibiting a term that they not only use, but do so with relish and affection.The key to understanding lies with The Postmodern Generator. Hit refresh for an endless discourse on what communication means to self-proclaimed victims of society.
Also appearing at Dust My Broom.