One unsurprising thing I learned while reading These Hoes Ain’t Loyal: On Prostitutes And Bad Bitches In Medieval And Hip Hop Culture was the extent of the agreement between these diverse cultures on who gets to decide the status of women. Men, of course. Duh.

On the whole, then, in the hip hop context bad bitches are good, hoes are bad, and men get to determine who is what and where the line is drawn.

This is exactly the opposite of the perception of sexually available women in the medieval period…. Again, however, you will notice that the good woman/bad woman divide here is determined by dudes.