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“DUMB UGLY BITCHES” AND OTHER REASONS WOMEN HAVE LESS CONFIDENCE

The young men at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, have a name for female students. They call them DUBs—dumb ugly bitches. Yes. Disgusting. We didn’t quite believe it until we verified it with a number of recent graduates. The men blithely insist it’s a term of endearment, and indeed, it has now become so pervasive that even some of the women use it, too. Imagine living and trying to rise to the top in an environment where that’s what you’re called.

Navigating the Naval Academy can be tricky for a woman, and there are plenty of things Michaela Bilotta chose to let roll off her back while she was there. DUBs was not one of them. She hated the phrase, and made a point ...

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