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).