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I'm not your bitch. I am not less than you.

A generalization of the theme of domination and subordination is the use of bitch to denote a servant, perhaps specifically a sexual servant.reference 1 This is usually expressed in the negative as in, “I'm not your bitch.” The meaning of bitch in this context is directly related to the sex category of the person disclaiming this status or lack thereof.


1. Rader, Walter. 2000. The Online Slang Dictionary. Accessed Aug 30 2001 from http:// www.ocf. ~wrader/ slang/ index.html.


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the cover of a pulp fiction novel showing a scantily clothed woman on her knees over-printed with an international symbo for 'prohibited' spacer
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I'm not your bitch. (whore) When Madonna sings, “I'm not your bitch, don't hang your shit on me,” she is refusing to be used or treated as subservient, specifically sexually. This might be seen as a kind of 90's feminism: the refusal to be treated as less than equal, especially in bed.reference 2

2. Madonna. 1994. Human Nature. In Bedtime Stories. Sire / London/Rhino.
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an illustration of Jeeves the butler, a PG Wodehouse character over-printed with an international symbo for 'prohibited' spacer
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I'm not your bitch. (servant) When rapper Matthew “Scar” Allen purportedly used the term in this exchange with Sean “Puffy” Combs, it clearly implies servant:

“Why didn't you call my man?” Combs asked.
“I'm not your bitch to be calling your man!” Allen fired back.reference 3

This is a variation on the theme of domination and subordination seen in bitch (male).

3. Noel, Peter. 2001. 'That's Gangsta!' 'Puff Love' in the Bad Boys Family. The Village Voice, Mar 14. Accessed Feb 14 2006 from http:// /news/ 0111,noel,23062,1.html.
About the illustrations: The first is a poster of the pop icon Madonna, the person with whom the tagline is most associated. This image a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted. I believe that the use of scaled-down, low-resolution images of posters to provide critical commentary on the film in question or of the poster itself qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. Any other uses of this image may be copyright infringement.

Figure 2 shows a collaged image of the cover of a paperback fiction book. Clearly this young woman is subservient and sexually available. This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.

Figure 3 is a collaged image of Jeeves from the cover of a P.G. Wodehouse novel. This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. 
see also: bitch (female); bitch (male) Last updated: July 5, 2008
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