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The Power of "Pussy"...
of the nice things about having an online journal, as opposed to the
kind you lock and keep under the bed, is that you end up hearing back
from people sometimes about things you wrote in your online journal.
mean, I've never kept a print, under-the-bed journal, so this is just
an assumption. Maybe some of you out there have lockpicking snoops under
your bed who then keep you up at night relating anecdotes and personal
experiences they're willing to share based on what they read in your
broken-into diary. You know, I'm not psychic.
week, I wrote about the word "Pussy,"
and my ambivalence (read: Childish enthusiasm) about using the word,
which, based on a recent episode of Sex and the City (where all assumptions
men make about women are now borne) in which the word was used several
times. Now, my reasoning was, the word has been emancipated by fashionable,
sex-enamored women of New York for the rest of us to use.
were vocal about pussy. They like to say it. Some of them even have
ex-boyfriend has this ongoing gag where he also wants to stage a play
from inside a woman's vagina and uterus. It would involve the reproductive
cycle, so there'd be the characters of the Ovum and then there'd be
The Little Lost Sperm, etc...I was to play the part of the IUD, which
would consist of me spinning around in a circle and yelling "Doctors
aren't quite sure how I work! They think I irritate the uterine walls
and create a hostile environment so fertilized eggs can't implant!"
You're not the only one with aspirations of Theatre of the Vagina, but
I doubt my little story makes either one of us sound any *less* crazy.
race is on! Dueling theater projects! It'll be just like when Volcano
and Dante's Peak came out within two weeks of each other.
don't know. I say pussy all the time. I call both men and women pussies.
I think it's a funny word.
I know it's not a word to use "in mixed company" but I equate it with
something like "motherfucker." I wouldn't say it in front of
my parents or my priest.
think I've used it in recaps.
So, I wasn't offended by your entry.
much as it makes me cringe, I think the world is ready for pussy,
as long as it's not used to describe something bad. Even I am starting
to get used to it, and I used to cover my ears every time I heard
I've been working on my own personal crusade inspired by Inga Muscio's
"Cunt." That is, feminism (whether concerning a straight or gay
woman) should be called "cuntlovin'" from now on. I don't think, however,
that the world is quite ready for that yet.
your pussy will work better.
not talk about my pussy.
Notice, the c-word up there. I don't care how enlightened people of
this Earth become, I still don't wanna use that word. Maybe that's just
me. I didn't even type it. I just copy/pasted from e-mail. I have issues,
Kerri had this to say:
I'm a girl, I'm just using my male roommate's e-mail. I don't care
a bit bout the word "pussy." Of course calling someone a pussy is
demeaning, so is calling someone a dickhead. Ha ha, spellcheck acknowledges
the existence of the word "pussy" but not the word "dickhead." Actually
it doesn't even acknowledge the word "spellcheck." How ironic. Anyhoo,
women who get upset about the use of the word "pussy" do so because
they think it's a way of saying that women are naturally wimpy, wallflowerish,
and not macho. Bullshit. When I call someone a dickhead I'm not saying
that men are naturally insensitive assholes. It's just a fucking word.
You may think you've lost a big portion of your female readers with
this piece, but actually the only reason I read it at all was because
you kept saying "pussy." It's a funny word, specially if you're extremely
inebriated as I am at this point. Man, am I going to regret sending
this in a couple of hours. These ergonomic keyboards are fucking hard
to get used to. Bye bye.
This computer just warned me that I used potentially offensive language
in this e-mail, and I might consider toning it down before sending.
I guess computers don't like the word "pussy" either. Or maybe my
roommate's just a big pussy. Ciao. I'm going to have more wine now.
readers are the bread and butter of the online journal community.
essay today. I linked to it on my weblog. No offense taken; I loved
I have to say, though, it's taken me awhile to get comfortable with
men using the term "pussy." I use it myself, in many ways, but in
my little feminist world, I like knowing that I can take ownership
of the word, use it, and hopefully dilute the meaning for the men
who like to walk around talking about how much "pussy" they got over
the weekend. Of course, it was Ann Magnuson and Bongwater who gave
me the word back, in their song "Power of Pussy." Just so you know.
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