The other day as I was leaning out a car window screaming, “your God is a war-mongering, son-killing sadist!” at some Godly protesters (hey, they started it), I realized: I’ve gotta write about Cunt here. But how to explain Cunt?
Inga Muscio is a genius. She starts off by examining the word. Cunt. It’s meaning, it’s history, it’s current use. It’s true, sticks and stones can break your bones. And words can hurt you. Inga proposes that we reclaim cunt.
That’s just the beginning, though, and she devotes most of the book to the anatomical jewel. She talks about bloody cunts, and how we experience bloody cunts, and how people in other cultures have experienced bloody cunts and how the dominant culture influences our experience of our bloody cunts. She talks about reproductive rights, sharing the experience of her own abortions and dispensing some cunt-lovin’ birth control advice. This was where I started to really fall in love with the author. She was saying everything I thought, and weaving together the things I thought should be woven together. But I was bracing myself a little, too, because there was that tone of radical old school feminism and I was sure a negative reference to sex workers enabling the patriarchy was right around the corner. Lo and behold, I turned the page and there was a whole chapter about whores! Inga totally understands whore-dom, even though she’s never been one. I was amazed. I was in love.
Inga guides us through some anatomy (know thy cunt) and orgasmic wisdom. Then, as is so often a part of women experiencing their cunts, she discusses rape.Â Â TheÂ prevalenceÂ ofÂ rape in our culture and how her mother’s rape has affected her own life.
The last part of this book is an explanation of What To Do With All This Knowledge. It’s very wise and true and important.
Throughout the whole thing personal experiences, book learning, and some deep searching are combined in exactly the perfect way.
If you’re a woman, you need to read this book. If your a man and you love or even like any women at all, you need to read this book. Its really important.
And did I mention Derrick Jensen wrote the intro?