My thoughts on sexism have led me to contemplate this. I still haven't arrived at much of a conclusion, so I'm throwing out another prompt. Given that all of these words can be used to attack someone's group, is there fundamentally that much of a difference between calling a woman a bitch or a whore and calling a black man a nigger or a gay person a faggot? Are those gender slurs less inherently bigoted than the others, or do people simply not fear them as much? Some users might find the mere concept of those comparisons offensive, but bear with me. The relative acceptability of words like bitch is something that my society takes for granted, and I have to examine that permissiveness, whatever my ultimate conclusions.