October 14, 2008

Actually, I've Never Had Much of a Problem with The Word.

I mean, I don't mind cunt that much, and I'm not sure we do ourselves any favors by pretending that we are somehow physically harmed when someone uses it.

I've always gotten along just fine with my cunt. I get along just fine with my niggahz, too.

But to answer the larger question: Yes. Obama is perfectly willing to reap the benefits of sexism, just as McCain is perfectly willing to reap the benefits of female anger over same.

And, as most of you know, McCain's got a lot more female advisors than Obama (starting with his wife, his daughters, and his running mate).

And his campaign staffers are paid more, on average, whereas Obama's female staffers are paid less. Whaddya mean, the mainstream media didn't tell you that one?

Did they tell you Palin supports equal rights for same-sex domestic partnerships? Did they tell you she thinks distribution of condoms in high schools (and mention of same in sex-ed classes) is fine? Did they tell you she never took any action to restrict access to abortion in Alaska? Did they tell you that the charge about her allowing rape victims to be billed for evidence collection turned out to be a lie?

No? Hm. Either they're getting increasing lackadaisical, or they're in the tank for Obama. Wonder which one it is. Toughie.

Posted by Attila Girl at October 14, 2008 11:34 AM | TrackBack

Er, well my sense of it is that "cunt" is more a reference to the woman to whom it is attached, than to the sexual organ itself, and is more than a tad harsher than "bitch". C.f. I get along just fine with my prick and my asshole, but to be called either one is another thing. It is low, but then so are very many Obama supporters.

Posted by: Desert Cat at October 14, 2008 12:59 PM

Well, I'm from the camp that maintains "cunt" (in its non-organ sense, the eroticism thereof [or lack] being an interesting discussion all on its own), is probably more of an "insult" than "bitch."

But I just have trouble seeing it as significantly worse than "prick" or "asshole."

They're all body parts, right? I mean, I understand that equating me with my genitalia (or Palin with hers) is hostile, and often a sign of misogyny. I'm just not sure what it has to do with me, unless I plan on getting overwrought over being "anatomically correct."

If we really want to see what people are made of, we should start calling them "pancreases," and go from there.

Like, once in a while, I feel like my brother is acting like . . . like a total liver. But I don't know if I'm being objective about it. Perhaps he's just being a bit of a sebaceous gland. Not sure on that one.

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 14, 2008 07:33 PM

I don't know. I equate prick with "arrogant and insensitive", and asshole with "deliberately insensitive and/or grossly arrogant", but cunt with "slutty, arrogant, insensitive bitch". Despite their all being body parts and having similar meanings, only cunt really seems to have a negative sexual connotation still attached to it.

Or maybe it's just me. Maybe others assign different weight to the word.

I know for sure that if the shoe were on the other foot and people were expressing a level of racist language commensurate with the level of sexist language we're seeing, well the uproar would be enough to power a small city for a week.

Posted by: Desert Cat at October 14, 2008 07:51 PM

Well, we do equate people with body parts pretty much all the time, it's just that we don't often think anything of it. The major issue is, when call someone a body part name, you're dismissing the rest of that person, and concentrating on a single aspect. Which is not too bad, if it's a complimentary aspect...

"Geez, you libs are all heart, ain'tcha?"

"Hot damn! but that Dilton is a brainiac!"

"Surely I hooked up with someone

"Would'cha lookkit that Greg! He's naught but a walking stomach!"

"Hey, four-eyes!" (fine, so this one's more a reference to glasses, but still...)

"Egad, what a loud-mouth!" (or motor-mouth)

"You gutless/balless/dickless coward!" (more a lack of body part, true)

It's the genitalia and orifices that I believe make for the most potent insults, though.

Why? Well, I can guess at a few...

You can expect nothing but shit out of an asshole. Well, that and if you're into that sorta thing, cum, I guess.

Pricks and dickheads are notoriously brainless, and will pretty much fuck anything with a hole. The rest of the body attached to that organ might have something else to say about it, and let's just leave it at that.

Pussies, OTOH, are without guts and I believe emphasise the 'helpless female' archetype. Hence, calling a man a pussy is tantamount to calling him a dickless coward, really. (and anyone who thinks that this insult is derived from tame housecats obviously never tangled with cats before. There's a reason the visious manner in which two enraged and vengeful women tear into each other are called cat-fights, you know...)

Cunt? I dunno, I think it really needs to be paired up. Calling someone a cunt doesn't have as much punch as fucking cunt, don't you think? It's a real intensifier there rather than just an adjective.

But yes, you denigrate a person when you reduce him or her to a single body part. Indeed, what makes us human is that we are more than the sum of our physical parts.

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