This article analyzes the linguistic behavior of women as an agent of verbal violence through the contrast between the requirement of laws and treaties, on the one hand, and everyday use of language, on the other hand. In a first part, legal sanctions are reviewed as a reflection of a social reality. In addition, the courtesy ideal is compared to the warning of moralists about the propensity of females to commit sins of language. In the second part, the analysis of communicative interchanges of insults among women enables to affirm the rupture of the most common topics related to feminine language. Furthermore, this study provides a characterization of feminine uses of language compared to the masculine ones on the basis of the types of response to the linguistic injury specific to each gender.