UFC champion Ronda Rousey recently won the ESPY Award for “Best Female Athlete,” and she just released a t-shirt line bearing a lesson that her mother taught her as a young woman. The shirts are raising eyebrows, but they definitely carry a good message for other women to follow.
The t-shirts carry one of Rousey’s catch phrases, “Don’t be a DNB,” and bear her image on the front of them, IJReview reported. As for what a “DNB” is? Well, in a short, but slightly vulgar, video, Rousey explained that it stands for a “do nothing b**ch,” which she basically defines as a gold-digger, and is someone her mother taught her not to be as a grown woman.
Content Warning: Strong Language
In Rousey’s own words:
“I have this one term for the kind of woman that my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a ‘do-nothin’ b**ch,’ or I call it a ‘DNB’ a lot of the time. It’s like the kind of chick that’s just like, just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if people say that my body looks masculine or something like that.
It’s like, listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f***ing millionaires, doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely bad-ass as f*** because there’s not a single muscle in my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a do-nothin’ b**ch.”
That’s pretty harsh, but then again, it’s exactly what I’ve grown to expect from the female badass. Plus, it’s a message I’m sure many can agree with. While traditionally, men do in fact take care of women, if your career consists of perfecting your makeup and hitting the gym to reel in a big fish, then you’re doing life wrong and your parents did a horrible job.
Along with spreading the constructive message, Rousey is using all of the proceeds from her shirts to donate to women’s health issues. The Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Centre provides help and support to women with body and mental health issues in the Los Angeles area, and she says all of the profits will be given to them.
As of Sunday, she already sold 25,000 of the shirts, and will likely sell thousands more. But as with any positive message in our nation, Rousey has received some criticism for pitting women “against each other.”
"Do nothing bitch" already needs to go. Its just another phrase that pits women against each other…..nexxxxt
— ριρєѕ мαℓσиє (@pipesmalone) August 7, 2015
That’s really too bad too, because to me, this is what real feminism looks like – actually empowering women to make something of themselves, not the anti-man garbage espoused by most modern feminists.