Actually seriously. It’s offensive and it MAKES NO SENSE. BelleJar:

A trend has arisen in popular feminist discourse where people have opted for the terms ‘babes’ and ‘badasses’ (and even the combined ‘badass babes’) when describing female change-makers. These terms have been popularised in feminist dialogue over the past few years and have been used in countlessarticlesoverandoveragain, articles that aim to celebrate women.

Both slang words have evolved to take on different meanings than what they originally conveyed. The word badass originated in the 1950s and was used as an insult for a bully, but has now evolved to mean an effortlessly cool trailblazer – typically male; someone who “radiates confidence” with “understated” style. Babe originated from the word baby in the 14th Century. Similar to the word badass, babe now takes on a gendered form, usually denoting a sexually attractive young woman.

So I wonder why the mainstream feminist movement has chosen to adopt these frivolous labels to dub women that they admire? I came across one writer who praises the phenomenon of badassery as a feminist reclamation of a male term and a step in the right direction. Others have condemned the word badass, arguing that it rewards women for acting like men and showing masculine traits.


I understand, of course, that these labels are given affectionately. People’s intentions are to praise these women and commend them for their unbelievable efforts. But what these people fail to realise is that these labels have an insidious effect on how we view our feminist leaders. These words subconsciously disparage these respectable women through the irreverent connotations of the words. It feels disrespectful to call the suffragettes, the very women who earned us the right to vote, ‘babes’. Similarly, it doesn’t feel fitting that civil rights activist and previous chairwoman of the NAACP Myrlie Louise Evers-Williams was dubbed a badass. To me, this doesn’t – and shouldn’t – cut it when there are so many other fitting terms that elevate these women and praise them with the glory that they deserve.

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#todayin: srsly! Can we stop calling inspirational women ‘badass babes’? - @bellejarteam