Have you heard people calling you a bitch? Well, sometimes it happens. People view as a “bitch” when we are busy or anxious and trying to get things done quickly or efficiently. Or, we are standing up for ourselves or someone else. But, what are your thoughts when someone calls you a bitch? Howdoyourespond?
That word can come off as hurtful. First of all, there is no need to “take it as a compliment.” After all, it is not a very pleasant word. Although the word bitch literally means, a”female dog”, butwhen used as a slang expression,it has an entirely different meaning. Still, there is no need to go the high road, or the low road, with the person. Itisn’t something you need to ignore or feel guilty about either.
Youcanrespondto name-calling-bitch in two ways:
React in a funny/snarky tone- you could say “I get bonus points for that, right?” Then go back to what you were talking about and blow it off. Don’t take it personally. Don’t dwell on it. It is just a waste of your energy.
Be a leader in the situation— whenadvocatingfor yourself or for another, or for a cause that youcareabout, you could say, “I am here because I care about xyz, and name-calling doesn’t solve the problem.”
It is all about setting a boundary but maintaining morale. By reacting in a funny tone you are showing the other person that you are not inclined to let their name-calling get you down. By being a leader you are telling them that your actions have a purpose and name-calling is pointless. Both reactions set a boundary with the other person that their words will not go any deeper than that. They aren’t accomplishing anything by saying those words.
It is unfair that women who stand firm and are strong in their beliefs can come off as “bitchy” when in reality they are just passionate. You shouldrecognizethat such a name-calling indicates that you are a strong, passionate person, whichis something to be proud of.
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