NROP: Role Models of Today: Becoming a Bimbo.

Oh, how times have changed… It does not go unnoticed that I sound like my grumpy parents, back in the day when I was a kid, but, I swear that while there is a lot of good in the world, there is also a lot of… not so good and even downright terrible. One cannot always look at the bright side of life because even the sun sets, plunging us into darkness.

Growing up, I was taught about respect (for myself and others). I was also encouraged to make my parents (and myself) proud by being a productive member of society. Doing well at school and not getting into any trouble were some of the first objectives of mine. There were many restrictions and rules put upon me and I hated most of them at the moment, however, now I know that it was all meant to shape me into a decent human being that works hard, loves, and is loved.

We all have biases, whether ex- or implicit. I challenge you to think of an image of a ‘bimbo’ without trying to correct yourself. Got it? If you feel shy, here is what I see when I think of that word – a woman who is highly sexualized, often with her breasts augmented, and does not use her brain very often. Those individuals often undergo various plastic surgery procedures and laugh at things that are less than humorous. Is your image similar to mine? It seems I have knocked it out of the park because Wikipedia says:

Bimbo is a slang term for a conventionally attractive, sexualized, naive, and unintelligent woman. (…) It is often used to describe women who are blond, have curvaceous figures, heavy makeup, and revealing clothing. It is commonly associated with “the dumb blonde” stereotype.

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What I was surprised to find out was that the term was used to describe an unintelligent, brutish man at the beginning of the 20th century.

A couple of years ago, I remember reading something about certain women “reclaiming” the word bimbo. One of the female porn stars, Alicia Amira decided that it was time to nix the negative connotations related to ‘bimbo’ and to make it a label that one would be proud to have.

Now, you know how it is OK for African Americans to call each other the “N-word,” but it is not alright for a white person to do so? There is a similar story with the word ‘bitch.’ While it is OK for a girl to use that term when talking about her friend (or even to describe herself), it is not taken lightly when uttered by a man towards a woman. In the first instance, the word is used as a term of endearment while, when used outside the circle, is seen as derogatory. Why is it that the same word means different things depending on who speaks it?

Even though it was announced back in 2017 that the word bimbo was going to become a desirable description, I do not think the campaign was very successful because I still equate ‘bimbo’ with ‘bad.’ Apparently, there is yet another movement trying to turn the tide. It seems like everything these days happens on TikTok. So does this campaign. BimboTok is a subculture that glorifies bimbos. It is nice that they are trying to be inclusive and they call for body positivity (Who does not anymore?), but they also see ditzy people as “endearing”. To me, it sounds patronizing, but who am I to judge? Some say that a bimbo is a person (she, he, they, etc.) who has an artificial exterior but a heart of gold. In the South (of the USA), people say: “Bless your heart,” which is often used in place of: “What a naive idiot you are.” It seems to me that the meaning of ‘bimbo’ is similar.

Having a heart of gold is great. I might not have one, but I definitely try to move in that direction every single day. It should be encouraged to be good. However, that does not mean that being stupid should go hand in hand with that. Some people are more intelligent than others. Yes, we should accept and appreciate ALL, but we also should push ourselves and others to do and be better. Otherwise, why are we here (on Earth)?

The movement claims that it is to help women embrace femininity. Just because you want a certain word to mean something, does not mean it actually does. Why are you so hellbent on turning words like bimbo into a positive one? Instead, I would recommend either striving not to be one OR owning it. I know that everyone wants to be Insta-famous these days but if you want to be happy, it might not be the right path.

I laughed out loud when I got to this part of the article on the topic of New-Age Bimbos:

“Just because someone’s an astrophysicist, doesn’t mean that they are going to know that Justin Bieber had the most Twitter followers in 2013,” said one of the self-proclaimed bimbos.

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We all have different priorities.

And that is OK.

That same person goes on to say that making out with random people at parties because you know you look hot is ‘self-care.’ How about NOT making out with random people even though you know you look hot? Why is that not glorified?

I could go on and on quoting these bimbos but I have stuff to do. Hence, I will leave you with this: this new movement is meant to glorify stupidity (one of the leaders asks “how?” if you are good at reading) and tries to sexualize women even more. Are you on board?

  • What do you think of the word ‘bimbo?’
  • Who do you associate it with?
  • Is it a positive or negative for you label?
  • Is it confusing to you to have different meanings for the same word?

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  1. What do you think of the word ‘bimbo?’
    I think it’s just another hijacked word that means whatever one group of people think it should mean.

    Who do you associate it with?
    In it’s original context: Myself — between the ages of 33 and 42, and many men between that age (often called the mid-life crisis).

    Is it a positive or negative for you label?
    It should be negative. It was not a pretty time in my life and I was not intelligent about the men I was with and what I did when I was with them.

    Is it confusing to you to have different meanings for the same word?
    Confusion is the ultimate goal of the side that wants tyranny. Discriminating taste used to mean that you had common sense and discernment. History wasn’t reimagined. Hypocrisy wasn’t “okay” if one side practiced it liberally and the other one was not forgiven for the slightest infraction.

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    1. I think ‘hijacking’ is very appropriate in this case.

      Wow, you were quite an older bimbo. I usually think of those in their 20s. Not that I am ageist or anything.

      It sounds like you have a conscience! It’s a rare commodity nowadays, making it seem priceless and worthless at the same time.

      Wise words… thanks for stopping by. Stay golden!

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      1. The British use some derogatory words commonly that an American would never just spout out. “After Life” the series on netflix is an example. Whoa, that took some getting used to.
        I can see folks owning names like “asshole” but, then they’d just own them, right? “Yeah, I’m an asshole. So what?”

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  2. I doubt it, but have you watched Paris Hilton’s docu on YouTube?
    She says:
    “I feel like that whole world thinks they know me because I have been playing this character for so long”.

    And then she said she will also not stop playing it until she is a bilionair.

    We all have to make a living somehow and if you can do that by being a bimbo on TikTok rather than being in a dead end job, then , well…. why not?

    I still prefer the company of people who are my intelligence, which I believe is to be average.
    Depends on the topic of conversation, the language we speak in, the enviroment we’re in, the mood I am in and many more factors.

    But like you, I think the world used to be a better place 🙂

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    1. Is she really playing ‘a role’ or is she tired of being seen as a bimbo?

      Nowadays, many people do whatever it takes to gain some fame and fortune. You do have a point but somehow I cannot let myself do anything remotely silly like that. I shall stick to this tedious blogging, I guess. LOL

      Most definitely!

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  3. I’m with you – “endearing” feels patronizing.

    It’s nice if you can try and spin a word that has a negative connotation into something else, I guess, but why? You can just stop using it. I love that it used to apply to men but now it’s directed at women, because of course that’s what happened. 🙄

    I’m not sure fast internet connections and social media allows people to develop the kind of heroes/heroines one might wish. The focus is often on the superficial. I’m pretty sure it isn’t good for us.

    When I think of bimbo, I think dumb blonde. Definitely female. Chrissy, from “Three’s Company”. Definitely stupid. Ditto the “himbo.” It’s a negative for me.

    It’s not confusing to me for a word to have conflicting meanings (“cleave” is a favourite contranym), but they aren’t selling me on the refurbished bimbo.

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    1. Hmmm, you got me thinking… if it went from being used to describe a male to describing a female then maybe it’s possible to have it shake off the bad rep and become something women strive to be called? (Not really, just amusing myself.)

      I’m pretty sure you’re right that focusing on the superficial isn’t the best.

      Because every woman wants to be called a whore, right? There’s nothing wrong with having sex when you want it. And you’re getting paid for it? Win!

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  4. I thought male bimbos were called himbos. Shows how behind I am! It’s all negative to me, but I would resist labeling from one example. Most people have multiple facets to their personality. There was a time I wore short skirts and was blonder, but I doubt anyone would have called me dumb.

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    1. Yes, bimbo, himbo, and thembo are the labels used nowadays but those are incorrect. It was himbo and himba. An if it’s him-bo and them-bo, shouldn’t we change it to her-bo?

      I think many have characteristics of different stereotypes, it’s just not having them all in the same package.

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  5. …wouldn’t a bambino be a small bimbo?

    Anyways apparently we live in a New Age where people take back hurtful terms and own them for better or worse on one hand while intentions for some of these things are great…. well isn’t that what its paved the road to erm not Eldarodo ha..

    I grew up knowing no self-respecting woman (had no idea about bimbo referring to males) wanted to be called a Bimbo at the risk of going off like Pamela Anderson’s character in an “old” action flick where she did bad things to anyone who called her babe….

    And on that aspect of trying to put a spin to the meaning of something I ran into a campaign for people who are trying to take back the meaning of “Go Back To Africa” by turning into a tourism campaign show casing the beauty and majesty in Africa

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  6. ‘Reclaiming’ is an interesting topic in language. It’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to reclaim and use it as I have such negative associations with it as a woman. But that’s a personal view and each to their own.
    Re the use of Bimbo to describe males: I believe there was a Jim Reeves song called ‘Bimbo’ using the word in the male context? (‘Bimbo, Bimbo, where ya gonna go-e-o. Bimbo, Bimbo, whatcha gonna do-e-o…’)

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    1. Yes, you are very correct about the song.

      It sounds to me like things are upside down. Instead of making ‘bad’ ‘good.’ why don’t we try not being ‘bad’ and being ‘good’ instead? You mentioned ‘reclaiming’ as an interesting linguistic topic and it sparked something in me. We’re moving away from the written word with all the emojis and acronyms and now THIS? We’re basically redefining words. We’re trying to make them be antonyms. This is insane!

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      1. I wonder if that’s long been part of a youth culture. I wondered, for example, when ‘bad’ stared being used to mean ‘good’ or something positive in a cool way, expecting it to be the 1980s. However, I found the reference below on
        The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang says that, especially in African-American English, “bad” is used to mean “wonderful; deeply satisfying; stunningly attractive or stylish; sexy.”

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  7. What do you think of the word ‘bimbo?’
    It’s a word intended to be descriptive of a stereotype. I don’t do deep dives into words’ definitions or why those definitions ought to change. I, also, have better things to do.

    Who do you associate it with?
    Apparently, exactly the same folks as you.

    Is it a positive or negative for you label?
    Neither. It’s just a descriptor. Some famous bimbos play it up and have been very successful as a result. To each their own.

    Is it confusing to you to have different meanings for the same word?
    LOL No. English is stupid, but it’s my first language, so I don’t think about its stupidity all that much.

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    1. Reasonable as always, Heather! There is no need for up to mean down and for down to be up. Sowing beautiful confusion…

      You made me think of something. Because body language is such a huge part of our communication, we often complain about things being lost in translation in the written world. It’s much easier to take something out of context. Add to that words that all of a sudden mean different things to different people and you have wars exploding out of nothing… Intriguing.

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      1. I agree. I understand that using certain words more regularly (i.e., cuss words) takes away their “power” and shock value—normalizing them, which I’m generally for. Words are just that…words. I’m much more offended by negative/hostile inflection and attitude delivered with words…that’s what makes them into beasts.

        Geez, you’re telling me. People need to make things LESS confusing, not more so.

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  8. Ah, I missed your sarcasm. I think Bimbo is a negative word, and stupidity does not equal a heart of gold. You can be a hard ass and still have a mushy interior. I didn’t know Justin Beeper was that famous! haha 😉

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  9. Bimbo’s negative connotations are too strong. What they really want, I think, is make being a bimbo okay. Sorry, I think it has nothing to do with feminism, which has really sold women out. How does becoming a man’s wet dream empower us? It was supposed to be about becoming the best we could be, not the best sex toy men wanted us to be. Complete turnaround. More of the same up is down and double-speak is the politically accepted mode.

    People can do what they like, as long as it’s legal, but I’m not about to look up to someone for not bothering to develop themselves as a person.

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    1. Absolutely! That’s how I perceive it, too. The same has happened in other fields, as you mention. For example with plus size supermodels, which I’ve written about in the past. It started with people accepting their bodies/ not being ashamed of not being a size 0. But it quickly turned into – it’s OK to be terribly obese. Where does that lead us? I worry it’s nowhere good.

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  10. “Curvaceous”– wow, I didn’t even know that was a word, but I laughed out loud reading it. Someone on this comment thread had mentioned that “bimbo” is a hijacked term, and I think that really captures what the culture is doing with so many words. Almost any word that historically invoked a certain connotation is now game for redefinition. I’m not up to speed on my bimbology, but at the heart of every redefinition is a power move. Whoever controls language controls people’s minds, and unfortunately it seems only a select group of people has the license to exercise this authority.

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