There are scads of slang, sometimes demeaning, terms used torefer to women. It is usually easy tofigure out where most of these metaphorical connotations originate . . . chick, fox, bird, kitten, and yes, even,bitch. Note the references toanimals.
There are others with non-animal metaphorical connotationsof course . . . dame, darling, babe, baby-doll, sugar, honey, and broad.
Most of those have easily recognizable origins . . . allexcept ‘broad’. It’s not particularly self-evident. . . most women aren't particularly broad. I thought it might have somethingto do with that women are broader in the hips than their malecounterparts. But in that sense itwouldn’t necessarily be a derogatory reference. Many men are attracted to hippier women . . . evolutionarily speaking, hip width has veryhigh correlation to female fertility, thereby unknowingly guiding men'sevolutionary choices.
But the term generally is not used as a complimentaryterm. In fact, the word ‘broad’ usuallyrefers to a large, loud, crude woman.
So where in the heck does the word come from? You may be surprised to learn that ‘broad’,as it refers to women, is indeed an allusion to an animal. A ‘broad’ is what apregnant cow is called.