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witch

noun metaphor
a woman who is empowered, headstrong, and at times slightly difficult to get along with
 
the concept of a witch, a female with supernatural powers who has traditionally been feared and persecuted, has increasingly been reclaimed by modern women as a feminist symbol; in Aug. 2018, the New Yorker ran an article about contemporary witches and their significance in modern day feminism (Fry). Among my close circle of friends, the term “witch” and its related adjective “witchy” have been used to describe women who act in a way that is empowered, highly individual, and awe-inspiring. On a slightly subtler level, it is also a jab and reclaiming of the rhyming term “bitch,” which is popularly used to degrade powerful, vocal, and threatening women.
Source : last heard from a close friend in the summer of 2018: “One of the subleasers tried to negotiate with me for a lower rent, but I shot her down right away. I felt like such a witch.”
Last modified: 18 December 2019


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