What does “BAMF” mean?

If you’re reading this, it most likely means you’ve got some “badass” in you. And, let’s be honest we all do. Sometimes, we just don’t realize it.

BAMF is prison lingo for “BadAss Mother F…r” and here’s the story behind it.

When I was a little girl I desperately wanted my father, who was a corrections officer, to bring me to work with him for “father-daughter work day.” All the other little girls at my elementary school were so excited to share their experiences and I wanted too as well. However, my dad would NOT let me come with him. Ever.

Later, I asked him if I would “survive” in prison.

He said “Nope, you’re too sweet.”

I remember saying “No, I’m not! I’m the oldest child. I would totally be in charge of the prison.”

He said again, “No, to be ‘in charge.’ you have to be a BAMF aka a “BadAss Mother F…r.”

I said “I can be that.”

Ever since then, Anytime  I’ve been nervous or scared or worried about something. (A new job, meeting new people, trying something new. Going some place possibly dangerous.) I say to myself “you’re a BAMF.” It makes me stronger. It’s a reminder to be confident and proud of who I am and all I  have to offer. We all have a BAMF in us. Let’s find it, celebrate it and “GO BAMF.”

 

Author: Christine O'Donnell

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Here's a little bit about me. I'm a reporter, producer and promoter of all things female. Bridging the gap between how men and women are treated in the world is something I'm passionate about. I'm originally from Saratoga Springs, NY. I studied Journalism and Spanish at the University of Minnesota and rowed Division-1. In 2007, my crew of incredibly strong women and I won an NCAA Championship. I love sharing stories, traveling and being active in the community. My husband and I live near Manhattan Beach, CA with our two cats whom we are both obsessed with.

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