A modern revised understanding of the concept.

Readership: All
Theme: Redemptive Headship and Masculinity
Length: 1,300 words
Reading Time: 7 minutes

Origins of the Term

In reduced form, b@stard means “unusual”, “odd”, or “doesn’t fit”.

The traditional definition of a b@stard means one born out of wedlock or from an illegitimate or immoral relationship.

“Illegitimate child,” early 13c., from Old French bastard “acknowledged child of a nobleman by a woman other than his wife” (11c., Modern French bâtard), probably from fils de bast “packsaddle son,” meaning a child conceived on an improvised bed (saddles often doubled as beds while traveling), with pejorative ending -art (see -ard). Alternative possibly is that the word is from Proto-Germanic *banstiz “barn,” equally suggestive of low origin.

Etymology Online: Bastard

The term has been used to describe certain types of odd tools and weapons used for unique purposes since the early 14th century.

In the late 14th century, it was used to describe things spurious, not pure, or not genuine, having the appearance of being genuine, of abnormal or irregular shape or size, and of mongrels or mixed breeds.

The figurative sense of the word has been “to debase; to make degenerate” since the 1580s.

It didn’t become a generic vulgar term of abuse until the 1830s — a time when the number of orphans grew rapidly and it was commonly observed that (1) single mothers did not want to keep their children without a man around, and (2) these fatherless / unwanted children were typically odd, mongrelized, and degenerate b@stards.

All these traditional definitions have become archaic since marriage has fallen out of vogue and cohabitation is now extremely common, such that having children outside of marriage has become so much more the norm.

However, I’d like for us to reconsider our concept of what constitutes a b@stard.

What exactly is a B@stard?

The word has both denotative and connotative definitions which arose through the historical usage of the term.

Concerning the denotative definition, a b@stard is a child that was born out of wedlock, and by extension, one who had a father who wasn’t known, or wasn’t present.

The connotative concept of a b@stard is someone who is demonstrably untrustworthy, emotionally shifty and unpredictable, mildly psychotic, morally degenerate, or profoundly odd, but yet has no sense of awareness about what it is about him that makes him so, and therefore thinks of himself as entirely normal.

The denotative and connotative concepts of a b@stard did not haphazardly originate by chance, but are directly related through cause and effect.

The denotative understanding of not having a father around during one’s formative years has recognizable effects on the development of one’s character and personality, which in turn form the outwardly observable traits of a connotative b@stard.

Thus, a more precise understanding of the b@stard phenomenon of identity can be explained by more accurately defining a b@stard as someone who grew up without a father and therefore did not have a fatherly influence during one’s formative development.

A looser, but more comprehensive definition of a b@stard is someone who grew up in a home devoid of Headship, i.e. one lacking masculine authority.

It follows that…

  • A denotative b@stard is a connotative b@stard because he/she didn’t experience God in his parent’s home while growing up.
  • A connotative b@stard is a denotative b@stard for some reason related to his/her relationship with God and/or his/her father, the father’s absence, or the father’s lack of headship authority.

The Differences between Bastards and Bastardettes

The overall effects of fatherlessness are varied and depend on the home living conditions and personality of the child. But there are some common traits that can be observed in both males and females.

For males, the absence of a father figure / Headship / Masculine Authority in the home leads a male child to be…

  • More aggressive.
  • Emotionally insecure.
  • Stunted in self-esteem.
  • Short on discernment and wisdom.
  • Mentally myopic and easily confused.
  • Entirely ignorant of masculine authority.
  • Lacking confidence, shifty, undependable.
  • Totally clueless about God’s presence and power.
  • Extremely slow in developing personal charisma and charm.
  • Financially insecure, having no hope of receiving an inheritance.
  • Clumsy in exercising social graces to the point of being a rude dumb@$$.
  • Easily distracted by interesting but largely meaningless pursuits (e.g. p0rn, gaming, etc.).

For females, the absence of a father figure / Headship / Masculine Authority in the home leads a female child to be…

  • Emotionally insecure.
  • Sexually promiscuous.
  • Less committed to LTRs / marriage.
  • Lacking in confidence regarding marriage and having a family.
  • Having their first sexual experience at a younger age on the average.
  • More likely to develop a chemical dependency (e.g. alcohol, anti-depressants, weed, etc.).
  • More likely to engage in rebellious or risky behaviors (substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, etc.).
  • Less willing to have children, as they tend to see children as being an irritating burden rather than a source of love and devotion.
  • More likely to engage in attention seeking behavior (e.g. dressing provocatively, maintaining a heavy online presence, posting and sharing risque photos of herself, etc.).

It is not a coincidence that these traits all form the popularized identity of a b@stard.


Here, I’ve offered a more comprehensive definition of a b@stard as someone who grew up in a home devoid of at least one of the following.

  1. A biological father who loves and cares for them properly and sincerely.
  2. A father figure who engages with them on a regular basis and offers discipline, encouragement, individualized feedback, and moral guidance.
  3. A home environment characterized by Headship (i.e. one displaying authentic masculine authority) and the knowledge of God that this imparts to children.

Both males and females can be b@stards under this revised definition, but the b@stard phenomenon of identity tends to impact males and females in different ways, and it affects males much harder than females.

Under this revised understanding of the term, there are a few egregious implications which, when acknowledged, may provide further insights into the real spiritual conditions thereof.

  1. It is possible for children born into a common law union to experience all of the above three principle elements of having a father, and thereby escape b@stardy.
  2. Mothers who have Chad’s babies in their early years and then settle down with a Beta later on in life deprive these children from having an intimate knowledge of their biological father. Although having an adoptive father is better than no father at all, the surrogate Beta father may not love and care for these children as much as he would if they were his own.
  3. The current understanding of the term b@stard doesn’t include one born from a marriage that failed subsequent to conception, nor someone whose parents are divorced or separated. However, a parental divorce or separation in which the mother receives custody results in the child(ren) not having a father around (very much) during their formative years. This can carry many of the same consequences as being fatherless.
  4. Those individuals who have a father, even a close relationship with their father, but who nevertheless exhibit the characteristic behaviors and traits of a b@stard may be rather accurately derided as one according to the connotative meaning. This might be explained if we consider how the father failed to demonstrate Headship authority and thereby failed to introduce the child to the metaphysical knowledge of God’s presence in the home.
  5. Those of us in the sphere have identified women who have “daddy issues” to be promiscuous, risky, and troublesome, but we have not come to recognize them as bastardettes for this fundamental reason. Maybe we should.

Under this revised definition, I would guess somewhere around 80% of Westerners are b@stards.

We may find comfort in the hope that God is the father of the fatherless and gives families to the lonely (Psalm 68:5-6).


About Jack

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4 Responses to Bastards

  1. info says:

    Important to have both a heavenly and earthly father. Otherwise the Hierarchy of Fatherhood is incomplete.

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