Lenny Bruce made the point that the social suppression of taboo words such as 'cunt' and 'nigger' serves to perpetuate and increase their power: Barbara Creed identifies the "monstrous vagina" in a diversity of film images: GQ has noted that "No word is more hurtful or destructive than the C-word" This article is not about these younger formations, however interesting they may be. Early Christians believed that witches used magic spells to "grow fangs in their vaginas". Emily Reed does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Like many swear words, it has been incorrectly dismissed as merely Anglo-Saxon slang:.
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If 'cunt' is repeated ad infinitum, our sense of shock at initially encountering the word is rapidly dispelled. A feminist movement promoting positive exhibitionism and celebration of the vagina, and positive usage of the word 'cunt', is attempting to challenge negative attitudes towards femininity. Elsewhere, the report of a sixteenth-century traveller in North Africa records the belief that lions will turn tail and run from this sexual sight. Now shouldnt you get back to xfactor and sitting on your arse as the country goes down the pan as everyone, including you scratches their arse in confusion? Virginia Braun and Celia Kitzinger published a 'survey of surveys', revealing the extent to which 'vagina' is a tabooed word: Emma Rees cites two further cinematic examples:
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Furthermore, Todd Anten cites the increasing transvaluation of 'chink', noting that "Virtually any word that is or has been a slur can be reappropriated by the target group" There have been several books about cancer whose titles include references to 'the c-word': Do not call her by the obvious dirty nickname" Matthew Schofield, Andre Schwarz-Bart cites the expression "Wash your devil" 'wash your cunt' and young Ifaluk women at puberty are traditionally told of "the "devil" beneath [the] skirt" Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove, It is interesting that these Dutch examples include the suffixes 'te' and 'tt', as the final 't' of "the most notable of all vulgarisms" has always been "difficult to explain" , according to Eric Partridge, who included 'cunt' in his Dictionary Of Slang And Unconventional English. The vagina is the hidden orifice that castrates 'post-coitus' [
Whereas Sprinkle's performance constituted a series of intimate and interactive moments in which each audience-member would encounter her cunt on an individual basis, Orlan and Lil used mirrors and magnification to display their cunts to audiences collectively. Brain Dead features "an alien bursting out of a possessed vulva" Kim Newman, This reminds us of the cruelty inherent in male usage of the terms, though it also appears defeatist, seeming to wallow in the injustice of the status quo. Spike Lee has criticised what he perceives as Samuel L Jackson's insensitivity towards the word's history. 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, Many English swear words have come from different languages over the centuries. The Italian 'guanto' 'glove' and the Irish 'cuan' 'harbour' may also be related, as they share with 'vagina' the literal meaning 'receptacle'.