Steinem: When Called a Bitch, Use This Comeback

A simple thank you could help change people's minds, she says
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2015 8:35 AM CDT
In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, honoree Gloria Steinem poses at the "Make Equality Reality" event at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – The idea of an ambitious woman is less scary to people than it was in the 1970s, but "I thought we would be much further," Gloria Steinem says in an interview with Cosmopolitan, ahead of the release of her new memoir. "Still, if you don't play a submissive role, if you don't do what you're supposed to do, you get to be a loud black woman or a bitchy white woman," she says. What does she recommend a woman say when someone calls her a bitch? "Thank you," Steinem says. "It totally disarms them … If you call them on it, it changes people's heads." Click for more from the interview, including Steinem's thoughts on Donald Trump. (Or check out praise for Steinem from another presidential candidate.)

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