Examples of hag
Examples of hag
Where does hag come from?
Hags as evil, old women are an ancient archetype, appearing in myth and literature from the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga to the Greek Furies. They are often figured as witch-like figures who live in wild places like swamps and forests.
The word hag is recorded in the 13th century and comes from a Germanic root. By the 1300s, hag was already being used to dismiss women considered ugly, repulsive, and vicious.
In the 1960s, fag hag emerged. Fag hags are straight women who socialize with gay men. While some women and gay people embrace the term (such as comedian Margaret Cho), fag hag is considered doubly offensive, featuring a homophobic slur and sexist insult.
Women in powerful positions, such as US Democratic politicians Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, are often denigrated as hags.
Nancy Pelosi is such a vile hag. Could never stand her.
— LEGION (@TheRobDyke) January 31, 2018
Who uses hag?
Hags still make appearances in our modern mythologies. The Gullah people of the coastal Carolinas, for instance, tell stories of the boo–hag, who sheds her skin at night to sneak into houses and feast on sleepers’ energy.
— Adam Giuseppe Moore (@TheAdamJMoore) August 15, 2018
— Laura Wattie (@LyraFay) August 23, 2018
Hags also show up in the Harry Potter universe, figured as semi-magical, non-human beings that muggles mistake for witches. Hollywood loves hags, too, with cinematic hags appearing in Drag Me To Hell (2009), Hag (2014,) and The Hag (2018.)
Unfortunately, hag is also still used as a sexist insult. Hillary Clinton was derided as an old hag during her 2016 presidential run by supporters of Donald Trump. In 2017, Republican politician Roger Stanton caused outrage when he called the Women’s March a “hag and ho’ show” on social media.
😡 The hag who cried wolf?! Pelosi cries sexism in reaction to speaker oppositionhttps://t.co/yr00ZqBHi7
— Maria Bonanno (@MariaBonanno9) November 20, 2018
Unless you’re discussing myth, magic, or Macbeth, avoid calling a woman a hag. It implies woman are only valuable if they are young, beautiful, and submissive.