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"Pussy" can't be reasoned with!...
agrees with the majority:
for one, am not at all offended by this word. I use the word often
to describe both the body part and inordinately chicken-shit men.
Men are usually shocked to hear me say this word. I think part of
that, though, is the way I look and sound. I'm five feet tall, I'm
42 but I look about 26, I wear glasses (though I would never consider
lasik) and callers are always asking me if my mom's home.
totally agree with you about the "c" word!
that to Mistress Ann.
talks on the issue:
say use the word. I, for one, prefer "pussy" (the word you dope) over
the "c" word any day. I think the word pussy is rather sexy. Whenever
I refer to my genitalia in conversations with my husband, I use the
word pussy. Women generally aren't called "pussies" when being degraded.
That is a term meant more to emasculate men. Women are call the "c"
word when degradation is intended. So I'm not offended by the term
"pussy," but find the "c" word highly offensive.
woman reader's perspective.
(why are all my respondents women?) says:
is a little random, but I was IMing a friend tonight, and we were
complaining about bad days. I started to type "Yeah, when I'm mad
I always cry, I'm such a pussy." And then I realized that if anyone
typed that to me I'd be sort offended. Kind of. Not really. But almost.
And I started thinking about what you wrote today.
I consider myself an intelligent, independent, feminist person. I
wouldn't normally use any term I think is degrading or rude or nasty
or offensive. But I'm also in a sketch comedy troupe, and a lot of
what we do is goofing around (it's hard, when you're at a mostly upper-class
Jewish university not to make lots of "we're so white and well off
it hurts" jokes) using words like biznatch and pussy and stupid stuff
like that. I've become kind of immune to lots of things I used to
think were really offensive, because I've heard them in the context
of a sketch, or improv with friends. We find humor in all kinds of
stupid, offensive things, including the best rap lyrics ever: "I ain't
got a problem witchoo fuckin' me. But I do got a problem witchoo not
fuckin' me." So I suppose it's no real surprise that some of the vocabulary
has snuck in to my everyday usage.
Bottom line, I've been debating this for hours, and I have no idea
at all if it's offensive or not. I think it can be really funny, when
used properly. I think it can be really, really rude when used incorrectly.
I would say... it's better to be conservative when using the word
Aww hell, everything you said today cracked me up. So you write something
funny and I respond with a damn essay on morals. Sorry.
later apologized for the TWI (Typing while intoxicated). I made her
write "I will not say the C-word on Omar's site while drunk")
100 times on the blackboard.
had this to say:
you're right on the money with the entry. The word in question seems
so vile b/c it sounds so -- um, ICKY. It's improved a great deal if
an "s" was dropped and an "h" was added: "pushy." ("Puh-shee") I know,
it sounds like a bad tourist ran across the word and attempted to
sound it out. less vulgar = more chicks.
I take that back. Don't say it in the company of women. It's just
so demeaning, though the ass that invented it (I'll have to ask hubby
for the etymology of the word) was probably the same guy in the basement
inventing "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
one of the guys who invented the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is married
to Julie Strain,
who gets my voted for "Skank of the Millennium." Just an FYI.
(And since I'm linking to her site, I should point out that I mean "Skank"
in the loveliest, most admiring form of the word.)
cracked me up:
found this back in October, I think. It was in the Village Voice.
I am constantly amused by it:
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