Huckleby wrote:Oh, and you may think the word "pussy" is good to go, but I once knew a woman who hated that word more than any in the english language. She was a strong feminist back in the 70's, and the metaphor of the female genitals as weakness drove her bonkers.
If I call you a pussy, Huck, is that really referring to ladyparts?
Or is it referring to an actual cat? Were you ever called a "fraidy cat" as a kid? I suspect that most of us were at one time or another. Generally by a friend when we declined to do something that we thought might be dangerous or unpleasant. I've always understood calling someone a pussy to be more along the "fraidy cat" line than the ladyparts.
Some other phrases that sound genitaliac but are not:
Balls to the wall
Cold enough to freeze the balls off a monkey
As for cunt, I share your perplexity about why women consider it so offensive. Ducatista likened it to nigger. I agree that, used to describe a person "she's a real cunt" it is offensive but why any more than saying "He is a real prick"?
As an anatomical description "luscious as a young woman's cunt" why should it be any worse than "dick"?
If you go to England, I don't think it is even used to refer to women at all. Men are called cunts in the same way and with a similar meaning to the way we call men pricks here. Not sure if this is all over or just in certain areas, though.
Perhaps it is just one more thing for women to complain about. I am all for making sure they have a sufficiency of that. If they were not complaining about that, they might complain about something more annoying.