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When it comes to talking about women, "saying what you mean" and "meaning what you say" don't always have much in common. Words like "bitchy" and "slutty" are clearly sexist and meant to insult, but even seemingly neutral adjectives have become euphemisms for "uniquely female character flaw."
Used by both men and women, these words are the linguistic equivalents of wolves in sheeps' clothing, often disguised as flattery while used to subtly undermine the woman being described. It's time to strip them down.
Below is a brief compendium of adjectives that are often used to describe women -- and what they really mean:
Bossy: Has on one or more occasion suggested that someone, man or woman, has made a factual error. (Related, know-it-all)
Clingy: Describes a woman who insists on responding to a partner's cues of romance, intimacy and commitment by reciprocating them.
Cold: Used to describe a woman who does not smile enough, or whose resting face does not suggest joyous contentment.
Crazy: Attributes women's behavior to an error in reason independent of speaker's actions, thereby dismissing her feelings as irrational, "while simultaneously absolving ... men from responsibility." A label most women seek to avoid at all costs.
Cute: Used among men when referring to an attractive woman whose intellectual and comedic allure ha...