29 words used only or mainly about women

September 4th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff has an article from Daily Life which lists 29 words only (or mainly) used about . They are:

  1. Airhead, noun
  2. Ambitious, adj
  3. Abrasive, noun
  4. Bossy, adj
  5. Bitchy, adj
  6. Bubbly, adj
  7. Ditsy, adj
  8. Emotional, adj
  9. Frigid, adj
  10. Frumpy, adj
  11. High-maintenance, adj
  12. Pushy, adj
  13. Sassy, adj
  14. Bombshell, adj
  15. Bolshy, adj
  16. Breathless, adj
  17. Bridezilla, noun
  18. Curvy, adj
  19. Ethereal, adj
  20. Fawn-like, adj
  21. Headstrong, adj
  22. Hormonal, adj
  23. Hysterical, adj
  24. Illogical, adj and Irrational, adj
  25. Mother of… , noun
  26. Shrill, adj
  27. Voluptuous, adj
  28. Whinging, verb
  29. Working mum, noun

It is a good point that most of the words mainly used to describe women are negative ones. Even ones that appear neutral like “working mum” have a suggestion that this is unusual, as you never hear “working dad”.

Even swear words are not equal. Being called a bastard is less damning than being called a bitch. In fact being called a bastard is also a term of admiration for some. And being called a prick is far less damning than being called a c**t.

Can readers think of any words that are mainly used to describe men, and are negative? Thug is one I guess. You don’t hear many women called thugs. I have no doubt that common terms about women are far more negative than common terms about men, but interested to see what there is on the male side.

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55 Responses to “29 words used only or mainly about women”

  1. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    Wanker

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  2. Tarquin North (354 comments) says:

    Drunk, useless and layabout seem to pop up fairly often round my place.

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  3. mcardnas (84 comments) says:

    creep

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  4. nasska (11,793 comments) says:

    “Arsehole” is normally directed at men…..often by women.

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  5. nasska (11,793 comments) says:

    And few women are called “pricks”.

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  6. King Kong (43 comments) says:

    numb nuts
    cock womble
    asshat
    turd burgler
    shirt lifter
    chocolate cowboy
    pillow biter
    butthole pirate
    (actually all the degrading terms for a homo)

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  7. MikeG (425 comments) says:

    I guess that Jordan Williams thinks that this post is really funny.

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  8. nasska (11,793 comments) says:

    If you can wait until about 5.30 when the wife gets home from work then I’ll go & sit in the lounge in my farm overalls.

    I should be able to give you a comprehensive list soon after. :)

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  9. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    Have used the following often to refer to men, can’t imagine using them for women: prick, git, blowhard, cunt, oik, oaf, buffoon, arsehole, motherfucker. Can imagine calling a woman a wanker – after all, they do it too.

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  10. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    It is a good point that most of the words mainly used to describe women are negative ones.

    Citation required. Doesn’t pass the smell test. Sounds like most of the words that women don’t like used about them are negative ones which isn’t surprising.

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  11. David Farrar (1,901 comments) says:

    The interesting thing with most of the terms about men, is they’re not ones likely to be used say at work, in public, etc. While many of the ones about females are quite common in public dialogue.

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  12. King Kong (43 comments) says:

    Anus fingering shit didler

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  13. Cobolt (94 comments) says:

    Knuckle head,
    faggot,
    Dumb Ass,
    drop kick.

    In the list above they forgot MILF.

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  14. stephen2d (87 comments) says:

    Pussy, poofter, girly men… this last one probably insulting top both sexes.

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  15. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    as you never hear “working dad”.

    Not deep in Labour heartland anyway.

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  16. dime (10,100 comments) says:

    “working mum” is a marketing term.

    cause mums are always so busy..

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  17. UrbanNeocolonialist (309 comments) says:

    Misogynist, twat, dick, sleaze, redneck, cock, knuckle dragger, player, himbo, cockwomble, girlieman, knob, gay, homo, wimp, pussywhipped, effeminate, pansy, sexist (pig), pimp, gimp, bruiser, meat-head, grunt, caveman, neanderthal, greasy, baldy, monkey-boy, wankstain, fatboy, knobjockey, goon, git, rat, fuckface, … there are a huge number more.

    Persecution complex on display. Women have it so hard. And probably 1/3rd of those words aren’t necessarily pejorative.

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  18. kowtow (8,755 comments) says:

    I reckon the author is relatively young and has led a sheltered life.

    Bolshy is political ,from the bolshevik revolution.Applied to male trouble makers.

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  19. mcardnas (84 comments) says:

    they missed wench and shrew and banshee
    off the womans list
    im quite fond of wench

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  20. kowtow (8,755 comments) says:

    Harridan

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  21. UpandComer (537 comments) says:

    Crim, loser, no hoper, wife beater, rapist, beta, ruthless, bully, uncaring, insensitive, thick, hyperactive (boys), ocd (boys), unfeeling, stubborn, awkward, antisocial, creep, fidget, addicted, suicidal, drunk, couch potato, strong, gamer, fratboy, irresponsible, conservative, arrogant, parochial, selfish, weak, short, player, star, poor, larrikin, metalhead, stalker, icy, unethical, mad – I could go on but these are all used far more with respect to men.

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  22. edhunter (552 comments) says:

    The difference being men embrace the negatives & thereby negate the barb hence he’s a good bastard/cunt, Hey nigger waz up? You fat bastard you fat bastard you ate all the pies,

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  23. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    I’m quite fond of wench too mcardnas.

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  24. gump (1,661 comments) says:

    The interesting thing about that list is that almost all of the words used to describe women are adjectives.

    Yet nearly all of the examples suggested by contributors as words to describe men are nouns.

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  25. fernglas (168 comments) says:

    Among my personal, although dated, favourites are “dork” and “dickhead”

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  26. Griff (8,172 comments) says:

    Wench noun
    1.
    a girl or young woman, esp a buxom or lively one: now used facetiously
    2.
    (archaic) a female servant
    3.
    (archaic) a prostitute

    personally quite partial to lively buxom young woman
    beats the hell out of the poke im with pins kind.

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  27. mcardnas (84 comments) says:

    they also missed crone, maiden and goddess.

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  28. Kimble (4,443 comments) says:

    “Bitch” isnt the hot button it used to be.

    A bloke can be a good bastard. But a woman can be a sexy bitch.

    Calling a guy a selfish bastard is no less powerful than calling a woman a selfish bitch.

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  29. 3-coil (1,222 comments) says:

    Bint and slapper – not on the Stuff list.

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  30. holysheet (426 comments) says:

    Chutney ferret
    Cuntliff (for both male and female)

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  31. xy (189 comments) says:

    DPF: How many of these has Jordan Williams used in communication with you?

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  32. maxwell (56 comments) says:

    Bimbo and Doris.

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  33. mandk (1,015 comments) says:

    Termagant (f) is a good one.

    Reminds me of my ex :-(

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  34. unaha-closp (1,180 comments) says:

    uncommunicative

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  35. lolitasbrother (749 comments) says:

    rich prick, come in here

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  36. RRM (10,009 comments) says:

    Like a ripped out fireplace.

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  37. RRM (10,009 comments) says:

    Feminazi

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  38. PaulL (6,044 comments) says:

    Of the original list, I think the following are definitely used for men and I have used them about men at work. So these aren’t words that are special to women:
    ambitious
    abrasive
    bossy
    emotional
    pushy
    bolshy
    headstrong
    hysterical
    whinging

    Next, a bunch aren’t negative (some of which are also on my above list):
    ambitious
    bubbly
    pushy
    sassy
    bombshell
    curvy
    ethereal
    mother of (this is a statement of fact?)
    voluptuous
    working mum (this is a statement of fact?)

    And I have heard working dad, usually used in the context of someone who is doing something that requires specific work arrangements. Say, picking up the kids after school. The reality is that most families seem to make arrangements where the mother does a lot of that, so you hear working mum more, but in my previous workplace we had a lot of working dads who had some or all of the child rearing duties, and so we’d talk about that.

    On the clearly negative ones, there are a lot of negative words I use to describe men at work. Things like clueless, dumb, all mouth no trouser, I could go on. If men at work were shrill I’d describe them as shrill, but that doesn’t happen so much.

    In short, once you look closely, this appears to be a lot of not much.

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  39. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    Weak, weak, weak.

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  40. James Stephenson (2,223 comments) says:

    “Abrasive” is one of the rugby-writing world’s favourite adjectives for no-nonsense forwards.

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  41. chickadee (22 comments) says:

    Haha, this is so much fun :)

    Small
    Pathetic
    disgusting
    Jerk
    Tossa
    Crass
    Gross
    Wee man’s disease
    Short
    Fat
    Lay-a-bout
    Tool
    Pimp
    Degenerate
    Pig
    Selfish
    Sexist
    Chauvinist
    Racist
    Impotent
    Coward
    Gutless
    Loser

    Oh! have I just described anyone here? Hope not; I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

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  42. JC (971 comments) says:

    Go to almost any sit comedy and see how since the sixties men are portrayed as dumb, bumbling, greedy awful and so on. Men are as objectified in the entertainment industry and more than any woman.

    As Instapundit regularly points out Chivalry was a system where men paid due respect to women and were punished if they didn’t, but women were also expected to behave in certain ways that give modern feminists the vapours..

    They want the benefits of chivalry but the freedoms of the modern world and have developed the “rape culture”” meme to get enforced respect from men.

    The inevitable result is so many men have given up on marriage, fatherhood and respect because there’s nothing in it for them anymore.

    You can break social systems like chivalry and still function if men and women have education and a culture, but you doom the uneducated workers and unemployed to brutishness and penury in the absence of an recognised social system and the systematic dismantlement of religion and culture.

    JC

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  43. cha (4,078 comments) says:

    Mrs Fubbs’ parlour, Jack Straw’s Castle etc etc…

    .

    http://timeglider.com/timeline/07f47d6b843da763

    (NSFW)

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  44. flash2846 (289 comments) says:

    Well said JC – A pity your post wasn’t at the top so all would likely see it. I posted months ago about “Dumb White Guy” as portrayed in almost every television program and along with some friends I have been pissed off about it since 1990.

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  45. cha (4,078 comments) says:

    “Dumb White Guy”

    If the shoe fits…

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  46. Inthisdress (296 comments) says:

    When my wife is at the end of her tether she calls me a ‘man’. Apparently there is no worse insult.

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  47. flash2846 (289 comments) says:

    @ cha – Clearly the shoe fits you. Tossa!

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  48. Daphne Whitethigh (15 comments) says:

    David, as I commented yesterday, you allow on your site some very sexist, aggressive comments (bint, bitch, etc), not to mention commentary about the ‘beddability’ of various women who are not on the side of your blog commenters. If you are truly concerned about unfair treatment of women, then start with the situation you can best control.

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  49. cha (4,078 comments) says:

    My feet are too big and you know what they say about big feet….

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  50. spanish_tudor (84 comments) says:

    “Slag” is still my favourite descriptor for an objectionable woman…

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  51. Daphne Whitethigh (15 comments) says:

    So you would term any woman you find objectionable a ‘slag’. Nice. David, I rest my case.

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  52. spanish_tudor (84 comments) says:

    Luckily my standard of what is objectionable is quite high…. it is certainly not a word I ascribe lightly, but still a common descriptor here in Australia, where the language is indeed coarser.

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  53. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ Daphne Whitethigh (9 comments) says:
    September 4th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Well, he does belong to and support the Taxpayers Union and we’ve learned recently what some of their members have to say about women.

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  54. PaulL (6,044 comments) says:

    @Judith: I think you’re quite aware that DPF doesn’t read all the comment threads, nor moderate them, but that he’s currently working through a process to introduce moderation. You’ve enough history here to be more polite than to insult your host behind his back (which is essentially what you’re doing when you make a comment like this on the end of a long thread).

    If you think that DPF is sexist or misogynistic, then you should come out directly and say so (and if so, piss off somewhere else where you like it more). If you don’t, then you shouldn’t insinuate it.

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  55. Left Right and Centre (2,994 comments) says:

    As PaulL has stated – ‘working mum’ simply distinguishes between those women who are housewives and those who are in paid employment. And needed seeing as there are housewives who are not in paid employment so it’s descriptive and informative.

    The opposite would be ‘house husband’. Anyone who says that isn’t the ‘unusual case’ is only kidding themselves based on observation. In fact – the unusual case nowadays might be any family unit where one parent is not in any form of paid employment.

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