04/22/2014 11:22 am ET Updated Apr 22, 2014

How Female Rappers Have Taken Back the Word 'Bitch,' And Made It Their Own

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When asked her motto on the French TV show Question Box, Nicki Minaj growled seven powerful words: "I'm a bad bitch; I'm a cunt."

We're guessing that the French audience maybe didn't quite get it, but to an American audience, Minaj's motto makes total sense: Minaj and a growing army of feMCs are transforming the meaning of one of our most demeaning words. Suddenly, thanks to female rappers, bitch is a positive term, a quality in women worth celebrating.

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