“What a nasty woman.”
With those four words, a type of revolution has begun. A revolution that had us all singing Janet Jackson for days, ordering our own “nasty woman” T-shirts, and eagerly opening our mailboxes to see if our ballots had arrived yet. A revolution that will probably change the dictionary at some point.
The word, “nasty” no longer implies being unpleasant, disagreeable, or distasteful. It now implies being unstoppable, tough, and someone to be reckoned with. It implies a woman who is winning so soundly that her opponent can’t help but lash out and call her names in frustration. It implies that women, all nasty women, won’t tolerate being talked over, bullied, or grabbed by any part of their anatomy.
Ladies, we are taking nasty back.
It’s ours, you hear? It’s ours along with our bodies, our thoughts, and our lives. It’s ours along with our votes.
Here are the characteristics of a “Nasty Woman” as coined by the year 2016:
1. We’re smart. We know what we are fighting for and why. We know that the word “feminist” is not a dirty word. It literally means that we believe women should have equal rights as men. That’s it.
2. We don’t take shit. We won’t let anyone push us around, not our toddlers or men who catcall or people who think they are famous enough to do whatever they want to us.
3. We call it like we see it. If we see racism or misogyny or xenophobia or just plain-old narcissism with a side of male chauvinism, we will call it out.
4. We will fight for what we believe in. Today. Tomorrow. On November 8.
5. Nobody is going to get in our way.
6. Bullies don’t scare us. Bullies inspire us to step up and do what needs to be done so that our kids, our friends, our neighbors don’t have to feel afraid.
7. We understand that girls rule the world. Your mom is a girl. She made you. Think about that.
8. We care for our loved ones. And we want to give our children a world where love and acceptance of others are the real answers, not fear and hate and selfishness.
9. We’re strong. Hella strong. Mentally, physically, emotionally.
10. We go high. Michelle Obama said this best.
11. We aren’t afraid when things get messy. Life is messy, our children are messy, our homes are often messy, our jobs can be messy. No matter what we have to face — we’ve probably cleaned up worse.
12. Our memories are long. We remember Susan B. Anthony and the Suffragettes. We remember that there was a time when women could not vote. We remember that we were told our voices weren’t important. We remember, and we won’t forget.
13. Our voices are loud. And our votes are even louder.
14. Our bodies are our own. They are not yours or famous people’s or the government’s. They belong to us, and we decide what happens to them. Thankyouverymuch.
15. We get shit done. The 19th Amendment has only been around since 1920. It has taken almost 100 years for us to get a woman to the highest position in our country, and we are almost there. You can’t stop us now.
So if you, too, feel like you are a “nasty woman,” go vote! This is our chance to make our voices heard. This is the year we assume autonomy of our bodies and reproductive choices. This is the year we give our middle finger to the patriarchy. This is the year we crown Madam President.