Sinful Sunday: Cunt

“An ancient title of respect for women, the word “cunt” long ago veered off this noble path.”

– From Cunt: A Declaration of Independence, by Inga Muscio

Apparent 3/4 nude of author holding the book Cunt over her cunt.

I read this book a lifetime ago when I barely knew my own anatomy. Re-reading it now, I’m struck by how deeply it affected my thinking on feminism, semantics and the female body politic.

I love the word cunt. It’s strong and forthright. It stands straight with its shoulders back. It takes your measure and meets your eye. It’s the opposite of an apology. It’s the kind of word that owns itself, and asks you to do the same.

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  1. Each one of your pictures is beautiful and this one is no exception. It is so clever and I could talk for ages about how the juxtaposition of your lithe body and an important literary work go together to demonstrate more of your brilliance. Xxx

    1. I was raised in much the same way, so reading this in my very early twenties was a revelation. The word itself is really polarizing, which makes its treatment in the book pretty interesting. I definitely recommend it 🙂

  2. Like Kazi, I was raised to in a way where that word was even worse than saying fuck. Although, regardless of the renewal of positive views of the word, I’ve never really liked the sound of it, personally. I just kind of mentally wince when I see it, but I do that with a lot of words.

    1. I think that’s a very common and understandable response to the word – honestly, that’s the response I had to it all through my teens and early twenties. Ultimately, as with everything, word usage has to work for the individual person. Words can be political statements, but they’re also quite personal and that’s very much worth respecting.

    1. I think you’re right in that context is really important! When I’m talking or writing about sex, it feels very natural, though I almost never use it in a conversation that doesn’t involve a pertinent topic. I love the word, but as with all things, over using it can have the opposite of a good effect 🙂

  3. I like cunt (wink), but it carries a lot of baggage. It’s a good strong word, but often implies a context that is beyond obscene (“You cunt!”). The controversy over the word points to a problem in English: There aren’t a lot of words for the female genitalia. I get tired of pussy (if you get my drift), and vulva is so clinical. Quim? Yoni? As usual, a stimulating post by Ms. James.

    1. Thanks so much, K.C.! You’re right- “cunt” carries tons of baggage and pejorative meaning. That’s definitely one of the biggest reasons I think discussing it is important – that way people can actively choose or not choose to use it for reasons that resonate with them 🙂

  4. Great photo, and a wonderful word when used properly. It’s hard for me to resist throwing out “I’m going to fuck your cunt now” in the heat of the moment”, especially with the effect it has on said cunt.

  5. I love it! Strong, confident, unapologetic, sensual. I used to find the word off-putting, but seeing it used positively in the sex-blogging community quickly got me over that. It’s now probably my favorite word for that body part. It pisses me off to hear it used pejoratively because a cunt is a wonderful thing.

  6. This is so clever! I love the lines of your body all leading to the pretty blue book. I also love the way you described the word as standing straight. I love the straightforwardness of it and the way it sounds in my mouth and in my ears.

    1. Thank you, Maria! I’ve been wanting to write about this book for awhile but I couldn’t find a way in. Doing it as a Sinful Sunday would never have occurred to me a year ago! I’m happy to be in a place where I can do it now.

  7. I love the word, it’s strong and powerful as every woman should be. I knew it was once acceptable but I have no idea of the history behind it and how it changed, it is seen as a dirty word and an insult now, which I find very sad.

  8. Cunt!
    Yes – brilliant picture. I absolutely adore the word. And long may it hold the power to shock – I do love that about it. I LOVED that as soon as I saw your post was simply called ‘Cunt’ I shoved everything out my way to click on that link. It certainly did not disappoint. x x x

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