Germaine Greer on the C Word.

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on Mar 8, 2012
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Germaine Greer, on the power of the untamed delicious sacred feminine.

To be used sparingly.

“You can make strong men go pale.”

A (female) reader just left this comment on a blog, in reply to another (female) reader:

“Don’t be a afraid of the c word.”

And she left this video link:

Germaine Greer on the etymology of “c*nt.”

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Click here to see a spiritual guru type do much the same with the F word, saying it hundreds of times in this brief video.


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Comments

20 Responses to “Germaine Greer on the C Word.”

  1. In this world we have the free choice to make choices, some good some bad.

    The use of bad words is a bad choice.

    We live in a time, where there is alot of xss but very littl class.

  2. yogasamurai says:

    Who ever said the "C" word was the worst word in the English language? I doubt the Black women I know would say that. And that's just the women. Was an actual poll taken? I missed it, if it was. I would say, that for invective purposes, "slut" is just as derogatory, if not more so. A "cunt" is a person who can't be so easily moved perhaps, a "bitch" to the third power? A cunt is "tough." A slut isn't. There's also a moral judgment about behavior implied? As long as we're going down this lovely path….. A lot depends on context. I can think of far worse things to call someone, man or woman.

  3. yogasamurai says:

    Compare "She's a real cunt" to, for example, "He's a real dick."
    Is the former really any worse than the latter?
    Why?
    This is just "gender pleading," I think.
    I keep wondering when Greer will become germane.

  4. Candice Garrett Candice Garrett says:

    Hey, what happened to my comment?

  5. Eric says:

    "She's a real yoni!!" :)

  6. Jocelyne Houghton says:

    Hey folks, if you haven't, please take the time to actually watch the videos.

    As for you, Mr. Lewis – cheers!

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  8. The real probem is that instead of saying the person is irresponsible, obnoxious, selfish, etc, we use a term that really is negative and says or is used more to label the user.

    Perhaps we should be much more selective of our language.

  9. sordog1 says:

    Wonderful words from Germaine Greer. What a lovely, powerful person!

  10. Lexi says:

    In the UK, where I lived for several years in my 30s, the 'c' word is used much more frequently than b*tch and with far less malice. It is also applied to either of the genders. It took me awhile to stop throwing it around once I moved back to the States although I have to admit to a slightly perverse appreciation of it's shocking effects

    On their own, words are just that … words. It's the harmful spirit and/or intent with which we use them that makes them harmful.

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