Adventures in Reading

Nonfiction: Cunt by Inga Muscio
September 25, 2008, 11:24 am
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“‘Cunt’ is very arguably the most powerful negative word in the American English language. ‘Cunt’ is the ultimate one-syllable covert verbal weapon any streetwise six-year-old or passing motorist can use against a woman. ‘Cunt’ refers almost exclusively to women, and expresses the utmost rancor. There’s a general feeling of accord on this.”

Cunt by Inga Muscio is “a declaration of independence” for women. It’s a pro-cunt, pro-sex, pro-woman, and pro-education book that traverses the linguistics, hidden meanings, violence, and reclamation of “cunt.” Written as an informative and persuasive piece, Muscio’s book also is part memoir that concludes with a handy list of references of women-focused news sources and products.

A great book for progressive minded people that crosses the boundary from theory into practice. I keep thinking this would have been a great book to read as a teenager, not that I didn’t enjoy reading it now, and Muscio even goes into the “what ifs” of someone explaining the spectrum of the cunt to a young person. Whether or not you agree with all of Muscio’s arguments, Cunt is an informative and thought-provoking book.

Conclusion: Bookmooching (comment with your Bookmooch name to reserve this book).



oh, this looks interesting! I wrote a paper in grad school about the use of “queynte” in the Canterbury Tales, and learned ever so much about the “c word.”

Comment by Jena

ooh I’ll mooch it from you! my bookmooch name is Heatherlee.
thanks :)

Comment by Heather

Jena: It’s a very interesting book if only because it deals with the subject in such a straightforward manner.

Heather: It is all yours Heather!

Comment by bookchronicle

I had this book on my wishlist for a very long time, but it sort of fell by the wayside along the way. Thank you for the reminder!

Comment by Andi

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