I have just finished an every-month-or-so-ritual of un-tagging all the random people who have tagged Bitch on my Facebook fan page but have nothing to do with me, our community, my music, or the feminist reclaiming of that word. I always have to have a certain shell around me when I do this, because I’m reminded of the incredibly misogynist and violent world we live in. All of us. It is a painful reminder to keep going.
I think of Bitch as a costume I put on. One of a super-hero who stands in her body, grounded. A positive woman in a cynical world who is not afraid to speak up and wear her colors bright. To practice uncontainable joy. Thanks, everyone, for doing what you do, loving who you love, fighting the good fight. We need you. I need you. Thanks for letting me be me–the biggest, brightest me I can.