- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Seal Press; 2nd edition (October 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580050751
- ISBN-13: 978-1580050753
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 129 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cunt: A Declaration of Independence Expanded and Updated Second Edition Paperback – October 15, 2002
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Lord, get this woman an editor.
I consider myself a feminist, and I'm wholly in favor of reclaiming the word 'c--t' so this book has been on my to-read list for a while, calling me with its provocative pro-woman declarations of c--t-love. I finally grabbed a few spare moments to start reading it, and from the beginning, I was both nodding along thinking "Right on!" and cringing in alternating paragraphs.
You see, Ms. Muscio has some superb ideas about women, society, feminism, and a thousand other things. I loved her ideas on embracing menstruation and other womanly things that society views negatively. She's an expansive thinker who's obviously done that thinking. What she didn't do is write all those thoughts down in an accessible way--and this is a huge failing that will leave C--t to moulder in the 1990s while other, more approachable books calling for similar action may very well last longer.
I know that many will not care that f---ing/f---in' is spelled f---en. I know many will breeze right over Muscio's socially dated and mentally lazy overuse of the word "retarded" (via 'socially retarded', 'sexually retarded', and more). I know some people will find all of the dialectal "c--ty" neologisms (c--tlovin', c--thatin','c--talicious') quaint. I'm not one of those people.
This book had so much to offer--in theory. It was, to my mind, potentially revolutionary because it had the opportunity to destroy the stigma of c--t and replace it with something empowering--but it didn't. It falls short because while there will be people open to reading it and enjoying it, those people are likely already supporters of the pro-c--t movement. I can't see anyone who isn't already a supporter taking this book seriously, and if it's their only exposure to word reclaiming, feminism, or other related topics, then it's not going to change any minds. It's only going to look ridiculous.
I've given C--t the benefit of the doubt for about 190 pages. That's all I can give. I will be moving on to other authors and I hope that this one stays in the 1990s.
* Dashes because Amazon doesn't allow profanity, even if it's the book's title.