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  1. bri
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    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
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    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
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    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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