May 02, 2008

I'm Sorry. I Just Don't Understand the Power Some People Want to Give the Word Cunt.

Cunt-gate. Kuntuffle.

I don't use that word a lot, but I get flack at writer's group if I so much as place it in dialogue. I still don't get why it's so much worse than calling a guy a "prick." Or a "fuckin' asshole." Somehow women don't get called "assholes" quite as much; we tend to progress from "bitch" to "cunt" to whatever other [usually yawn-inspiring] phrases people want to come up with—I got "skanky gash" once, which I rather hoped was original with the guy who threw it out. It seemed inspired. I was also impressed when I read the term "cock-holster" on a discussion thread a year or so ago. I thought that was rather descriptive, though it all sort of boils down to the idea that women are containers, and intrinsically filthy. Which . . . okay. At least we can run without little jiggly bits jangling around. I mean, women can at least cross their arms, or just hold their breasts. Which is of course what I do when I'm going up and down stairs, and no one's looking.

Those who claim that "cunt" is lot worse than "prick" don't seem to get that they are fundamentally making female genitalia out to be dirtier and more offensive than male genitalia. If you call them on it, they say, "well, it isn't me. I'm only reflecting what's out there."

Well, no: you're perpetuating it by reaching for the goddamned smelling salts whenever someone utters a vulgarity that refers to the female body. The dirty, horrible female body, and the dirty, horrible genitalia thereof, which often harbors teeth; you knew that, deep down, right?


Back to McCain: I wish I lived in a world that would have permitted a politician to say, "not out loud, Buddy. By the way: you're single, aren't you? I can tell."

Remember that old Bill Cosby routine? "We have had some arguments. I've called her names I was proud I even thought of. And she's called me some that I've written down."


'Course, I also wish I lived in a world that would permit a politician to say "drug war? What the fuck were we thinking of?"

Posted by Attila Girl at May 2, 2008 03:43 AM | TrackBack
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I'm pretty sure I've never called a woman a cunt. I don't even think I've called one a bitch. I have, however, called a man a prick.

But I think cunt is a perfectly appropriate word for the female genitalia. It's much sexier than "vagina."

Posted by: Gordon at May 2, 2008 06:49 AM


What? Were you chosen as "Blog of the Week" by the Disney Group again?

Whatever a woman wants to call her hoo hoo is OK with me. And I've heard more women use the c-word than men over the years. I always thought it was wonderful that English had so many words to use, like colors to paint beautiful pictures as the mood suits. It is a shame to lose any one of them. A rose by any other name is still always a thing of beauty.

Posted by: Darrell at May 2, 2008 10:36 AM


Actually, I heard that you'd lined up another potential gin-sponsor, so I just . . . well. You know me!

Posted by: Attila Girl at May 2, 2008 09:23 PM


which often harbors teeth; you knew that, deep down, right?

Yes, yes some of them do. I'm sure of it.

That's what I mean when I use the descriptive phrase "sharp-toothed feminist".

As for the word 'cunt', when I've seen it (and rarely used it), it is not generally meant to be descriptive of female genitalia, but rather a certain set of character or personality traits, not entirely unlike those which the word 'prick' evokes.

Posted by: Desert Cat at May 2, 2008 09:43 PM


Not to mention that it may have never happened. It is only a recollection of a single "journalist"--one that has been linked to George Soros and his evil empire.
It was supposed to have been said in 1992, yet no one reported it at that time. His wife touched his hair and remarked that it's getting a little thin up there and he supposedly said "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt."

Really? How true does this ring? Cliff Schecter, the only one reporting the remark--16 years later--was only one reporter of many. Where are the other witnesses? Do they remember those words and better yet, do they have their notes? And since there was a roomful of reporters present, was it supposed to be a joke? If it was said, mind you. Those exact words, mind you. Maybe Cliff would like to submit his notes to forensic analysis. Or his memory. Isn't everything OK now when you say it was a joke? Seems to be on TV. What? Don't you have a sense of humor? It was just a joke, for Pete's sake! Build yourself a bridge and get over it! As my personal hero, the Reverend Jesse Jackson once said, or at least I think he said, "Sometimes we should pay less attention to the allegations. And more to the "alligators"(allegators?)!

Posted by: Darrell at May 3, 2008 03:30 PM




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