Isn’t it good to be called lucky? Professional? Effortless? We all know “bitch” is an insult, but when leading women writers were asked about words that have been used against them, they didn’t choose to write about “bitch,” “slut,” or “cunt.” They chose words like “nurturing,” “sweet,” “ambitious,” “mature,” “too.” Their essays comprise the new anthology Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words that Are Used to Undermine Women, edited by Lizzie Skurnick, with contributions from Rebecca Triaster, Katha Pollitt, Elizabeth Spiers, Monique Truong, Glynnis McNichol, and other top writers. Join Skurnick (“That Should Be A Word”) and Bridget Todd (“Stuff Mom Never Told You”) for an eye-opening conversation about the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that language can confine us—or set us free.
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