Away from all the Royal Family drama, Meghan Markle hosts a Spotify podcast titled Archetypes. In every episode, the Duchess invites a strong woman from different walks of life as her guest star. Together, they bring to light the various struggles that women have to go through on a daily basis. From general prejudice to stereotyping, to just being dismissed, their conversations touch upon several pain points.
In her latest episode, comedian Robin Thede joined Lady Sussex as they discussed the numerous slurs and labels thrown at women. Specifically, they elaborated on an often-used “b-word” and its various coded synonyms that are rampant in society today.
Meghan Markle and Robin Thede discuss the b-word and other ciphered terms for it
On November 8, Meghan Markle dropped the newest episode of Archetypes titled To ‘B’ or not to ‘B.’ While eminent businesswoman Mellody Hobson and former SNL alum Victoria Jackson were her guests of honor, they were also joined by American comedian and writer Robin Thede. The women discussed the notorious slur starting with a ‘B’ and its various disguised cousins. They also explore how, as strong female personalities, they are often at the receiving end of it.
“It’s just, it’s one of those labels that feels like it’s thrown around constantly,” stated Markle.
“Even in 2022 and beyond, it’s still just used to describe a woman who goes after what she wants, who has an opinion that’s different from a man’s, you know, who turns you down at the club,” added Thede.
Apart from the unuttered word itself, the former Suits star even addressed some of the other terms that may seem harmless but are just as toxic. One such word is “difficult.” Markle illustrated how that word is “probably not even a euphemism, it’s really a code word for the b-word” and holds the same negative connotation. However, it probably says more about the person uttering those terms rather than receiving them.
“So perhaps the truth is… that labeling a woman as the b-word, or as difficult, is often a deflection. A way to hide some of her really awesome qualities. Her persistence, her strength, her perseverance, her strong opinion, maybe even her resilience,” summarised the Duchess.
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