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3 responses to “Reclaiming ‘cunt’ with kids”

  1. bri

    We use an Aboriginal word “mootcha” (being that my daughter is Aboriginal). She does know vulva and vagina and labia etc but mootcha is the word we use most often. Naturally I have had to explain this to her day carers and doctor but that’s fine.

  2. Paul Sunstone

    I have a friend who read Muscio. We discussed “cunt” one night and I wound up a convert to the cause despite my initial distaste for the word. For the next 18 or so months, I was “corrected” when I used the term by every liberal friend I had — save her. I finally conceded defeat and fell back on “vagina”. Some words might well be lost causes.

  3. Napalmnacey

    Heh. My big sister used that word around me all the time as I was growing up. I never really used it to insult people. It was either an exclamation or a positive descriptive term.

    Now-a-days my sister and I have an on-going in-joke. When anyone mentions a smell, “Hmm, what’s that smell?” (in either positive or the negative), we pull a silly face and say, “It’s my cunt.” Or “It’s your cunt” directed at my sister, as she’s the one that came up with the joke.

    OOT jokes aside, I had the word around me a lot in my childhood, and I’m really not offended by the word. I really love it, in fact. I think, teaching kids that the world at large isn’t happy with the word as we are is important, if only to protect them from corrective punishment.

    I think it’s a word that can be reclaimed, one just has to be careful about it so that they don’t slip into misogynistic narratives.

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