FW Scanzoni identified the 'constrictor cunni' as the muscle that contracts during penis captivus: Catherine MacKinnon cites numerous examples of abusive language provoking distress and resulting in litigation. For women who have transvalued this, a Crone is one who should be an example of strength, courage and wisdom" Vaginas and mouths are both denoted by lips, thus, by extension, men fear that they also share teeth: The word is so saturated with the ideology that female sexual energy deserves punishment that trying to change its meaning is a waste of precious feminist resources" Fundamentally, fear of the vagina leads to its symbolic and linguistic representations being suppressed and its physical characteristics being demonised.
It was felt that many of the articles in Goad's zine condoned and even encouraged the rape of women. Capurro also notes the variety of reactions provoked by the word: In this combination of 'cunnus' and 'lingere' 'to lick' , we can see that 'cunnus' is used in direct reference to the vagina, demonstrating that the 'cun' prefix it shares with 'cunt' is more than coincidental. I would faint if somebody said it to me". Oz made a similar pun on 'conjugal': It is important to note the distinction between changing a word's definition and changing its connotation. Melinda Yuen-Ching Chen and Robin Brontsema have both described the specific reappropriation of 'queer', though they also discuss the concept of reappropriation in general.
Cunt: A Cultural History of the C-Word
A handy two-birds-with-one-stone euphemism for both 'fuck' and 'cunt' is the phrase 'effing and ceeing' thus, 'Woking FC' officially stands for 'Woking Football Club' though has also been extended to 'Woking Fucking Cunts'. It is this viewpoint that seemingly inspired many traditional limericks, drawing their imagery from "[the] filth down there, between the legs, in the hole" Boyd Rice, Jonathon Green writes that "male fear and even hatred of the vagina persists unabated: Similar to 'see you next Tuesday' is "see you in Toledo" Brooke Gladstone, , though in this case the letter 'n' is provided by a contraction of 'in'. The Facts at the Stockholm Pride festival was a similar, though less sensational, attempt at vaginal demystification. As John Hamilton explains in an letter quoted by Linda Mugglestone , 'cunt' has "the same syllable as a contraction of Contra".
Thus, reclaiming abusive language requires a change not in meaning but in attitude. Suzi Feay finds 'cono' preferable to the coarser-sounding 'cunt': Laying claim to the forbidden, the word as weapon is taken up and taken back by those it seeks to shackle - a self-emancipation that defies hegemonic linguistic ownership and the a buse of power". The marginalisation of the feminine is apparent not only in relation to language but also in cultural attitudes towards the sexual organs themselves. Pauline Kiernan writes that "Hell is a term frequently used [ They are associated with uncleanness 'cunt' as a 'dirty word' and the vagina as 'smelly' , and this false projection of abject qualities is rooted in a fear of "the demonic bodies of women" Edward Shorter,
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