The Public Eye: Muzzle the B Word

Muzzle the B Word

If it had been a less abusive word than "bitch," Newt Gingrich might not have been thrown off-message on the biggest day of his political life. Long after the debate is over about whether Connie Chung should have broadcast Kathleen Gingrich's recollection of what her son thought of the First Lady, the epithet of choice against uppity women will hang in the air, a reminder that women have not come such a long way. Like the word penis (before one was cut off), bitch (before the Speaker's mother used it) seldom found its way onto the nightly news. It was too...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!