Got skirt?

Neologism of the day, via Bitch Ph.D.

By Lynn Harris
November 12, 2007 11:23PM (UTC)
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Bitch Ph.D. has announced a "new feminist phrase for the lexicon." Enough with "balls" -- as in, "Do you have the balls for that?" -- and its lame, reductive lady stand-in, "ovaries!" Instead, how about

"Do you have the skirt for that?"

Variations include: "She's really got the skirt for that," "You haven't got the skirt for that," "That takes a lot of [or, the right kind of] skirt" and so on.


The expression doesn't necessarily read well for non-femmes, but the skirt-as-butch-too sense of it is part of the point. And we do have the (arguably) bigender "huevos" already in place. But "got skirt?" does provide an especially nice counterpoint to the newish guy phrase "Take off the skirt," which basically means, "Cowboy up, douchebag." (Except when the reference is to this skirt.)

So yeah, I think I'm gonna add it to my phrase book. You?

Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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