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In the first episode of the primetime soap opera, The O.C., Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) is greeted with: 'Welcome to the O.C., bitch.' Ryan is on the ground and not visible in this picture.
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bitch. (male) 1. A derogatory term for a man, implying his lack of masculinity.

This usage demeans both men and women by further employing cultural imperialism to make a narrow construction of ideal masculinity. In this usage, “bitch” and “woman” are equivalent, making all women bitches and anyone so named as less than a full-fledged person. In the first episode of the primetime soap opera, The O.C., Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) is greeted with: “Welcome to the O.C., bitch.” Figure 1 depicts that scene; Ryan is on the ground and not visible in this picture.

 

 

 

Vernon Schillinger ( J.K. Simmons) after he has raped the new inmate Tobias Beecher on the HBO series Oz.
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2. The weaker partner in a prison-sex arrangement. 3. A male dominated or humiliated by another man and referred to as such by that man, usually expressed as “my bitch” or “you my bitch.”reference 1

There would appear to be more than a touch of racism present in this usage. When the HBO series Oz started, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about the significance of “bitch” in Slate: “In the Jim Crow era, white men oppressed black men partially out of fear that they blacks would ravish virginal white women. Today, white men fear ravishment themselves.”reference 2 Such a reading is seemingly confirmed not only by the underlying racial dynamic on the television series, but by other cultural phenomena as well. A flash animation found at FunFreePages.com called “Make You My Bitch” (which the webmasters call “disturbing”) enacts the sexual, racial, and power elements of prison rape without a blink.

1. Heffernan , Virginia. 2005. Epithet Morphs from Bad Girl to Weak Boy. New York Times, Mar 22, 8.

 

 

2. Goldberg, Jeffrey quoted in Heffernan, Virginia.

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About the illustrations: Figure 1: Excerpted from a scene from The O.C. This work is copyrighted and unlicensed. I believe that the use of this work in the article “bitch (male)” to illustrate the subject in question qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law.

Figure 2 shows Vernon Schillinger (J.K. Simmons) after he has raped the new inmate Tobias Beecher on the HBO series Oz. In Oz, the Aryans do as much raping as any one else, it seems. This work is copyrighted and unlicensed. I believe that the use of this work in the article “bitch (male)” to illustrate the subject in question qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law.

see also: bitch (female); bitch (verb); I'm not your bitch; bitchin'; son of a bitch Last updated: June 21, 2008
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