Thursday, October 04, 2007


[inspired by a workshop exercise to write about a single word]


begins with a hard c followed by a guttural staccato one syllable nasal grunt and ends in an explosive t gasp for breath.

the convex consonant pushes itself into the concave vowel which opens itself to an erect t.

the word CUNT is powerful, misappropriated as an insult. it shocks and evokes emotion, it’s political, sexual, and taboo, evoking secret pleasures we’re not supposed to talk about. as a noun, CUNT has 16 different meanings.

[if you haven’t seen Eve Ensler’s the Vagina Monologues, you should go see it or read it. Ensler acts out real women’s stories of intimacy, vulnerability and sexual self discovery]

Cunt: A Cultural History

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