Why is a Strong Woman a Bitch?
Day 4 of the song challenge asks for a song that describes my life, but honestly I can't say I've ever encountered one that does. And I guess that's not too surprising. I was one of those kids who was never “seen” by the teacher on Romper Room and I could never find my name on any of those personalized key chains, coffee mugs or Coke cans either. When I spent a weekend learning storytelling with Luisah Teish and was asked to create a story that told my life, my story was not like anyone else's.
So I guess I will fudge a bit, and give you a song that describes my temperament, more than it does any of my life events. That song would be “ Bitch ” by Meredith Brooks.
Challenging, Going to Extremes
The song, also known as “Nothing In Between,” appeals to me because it embraces all of the different things a woman can be and it isn't at all apologetic about it. I also love that the song proclaims we don't have to be happy being squeezed into one little box and made to fit a label. I have always been my own person, and I never tolerated anyone wanting me to just be one thing to them.
I'm a little bit of everything
All rolled into one
~ Meredith Brooks (and Shelly Peiken) “Bitch”
There are a good many phrases that jump out at me: “I do not feel ashamed,” “going to extremes,” “You know I wouldn't want it any other way.” It's not just about the woman herself, but also about her relationship with her lover and with the world at large. It's bold and it's rude in ways that go beyond the use of the pejorative in the title and the chorus. It challenges all the stereotypes, right down to the floral wallpaper in the video!
And yes, that goes a long way to describe this sweet Cancerian with the big, fierce Leo rising.
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