like: bitch, cunt, twat, pussy
When you insult a woman with one of those words, you insult her fundamental identity (being a woman) at it’s very core.
When you insult a man with one of those words, you insult him by associating him with women and/or conflating his behavior with that of a woman (as decreed by stereotypes, of course)
So what’s the difference between calling a man a “whiny little bitch” instead of a “whiny little shit”? Both are used to attack someone you don’t like. But only the first one carries the additional meaning “…and that makes you like a woman”
Men, kindly leave us the fuck out of your insults.
My identity is NOT an insult.
Also, cis-men, you do not ever ever ever get to say these words because it is impossible for you to actually reclaim them. I do not care if you’ve been called them before. That word wasn’t actually directed at YOU, it was used to try to lump you in with US. They are completely and irrevocably bound to their misogynistic meaning and there is no way to use them (in regards to men) without carrying along all of that woman-hating baggage.
If you can’t think of a way to insult someone without making gender the focal point, you don’t deserve language.