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Thursday, July 13, 2006
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You know, no matter how often I read the word ‘cunt’ in a book, it still manages to jar me, whenever I come across it. I’m in the middle of reading an Elloras Cave release, and it just popped out from nowhere, and took me right out of the story.

Whatever happened to the good old vagina eh? Even ‘snatch’ is preferable to cunt. *Shudder*.

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  • Bam
    July 13
    9:38 pm

    damn, i’ve been on an ebook binge lately and have become immune to the word. Hearing it out loud is probably a different story.

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  • Angela James
    July 13
    10:42 pm

    I like cunt 🙂

    Ever since I watched Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, it’s not been a bad word for me.

    I can think of worse things to read. Like…pussy fur, lol. I guess it’s all in the perception, eh?

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  • Sarah McCarty
    July 13
    11:15 pm

    I don’t mind it as long as it’s used in the Hero’s POV, only in his thoughts and not meant to be derogatory. That makes the use kind of a “man” moment and can signal intense emotion.

    It invariably throws me out of the story if it’s spoken or if a woman thinks it. It might be from my “time period” *G*, but growing up it was a word that was only used by men in the most derogatory context in coversations between other men and just never spoken by a woman even in the most heated of moments. Definitely a gender barrier on that one, the same way men didn’t call each other pricks. That was a woman’s word.

    Funny how the culture we grow up with lingers and colors our perceptions. To this day if a man or woman uses it, I immediately flinch, think porn flick crude and get kind of the ick feel you get when the obese repair person with the heavy tool belt squats down and exposes his crack. I can’t read works where it’s used a lot because it kills the characterization for me no matter how hard I try to ignore it. The more the word is used, the less I think of whomever’s using it. *sigh* I am working to get over it.

    FWIW, Snatch generates the same reaction for different reasons

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  • Marianne LaCroix
    July 14
    4:37 am

    Doesn’t phase me onebit, no matter if the hero or heroine thinks it. Probably depends on the author and the reader.

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  • Desiree Erotique
    July 14
    5:36 am

    C* is, for me, one of those words that brings the most provincially uncomplimentary connotations about sex to mind. A term I’d well imagine St. Augustine using to describe a woman’s genitals if he were living in this day and age. The sound and the visual of those four letters put together in that particular sequence imparts a guttural harshness to the senses. To hear or read it immediately brings me an image of a woman sorely in need of the Massengill. LOL Why, I don’t know. But I reserve its use in my books for descriptive references for only the most vile of female antagonists.

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  • wendywoo
    July 14
    12:05 pm

    I don’t mind the word cunt, either as a reader or a writer, although I often use something more general like ‘sex’. No opinion on snatch, really, but it’s not a word I’d naturally use. But I don’t like to use pussy, because to me a pussy is a cat! 🙂

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  • Ann Wesley Hardin
    July 14
    3:02 pm

    I luuurv snatch and twat 😉 I use them in the first draft to get them out of my system because EC has a rule against their use–apparently most readers don’t like those terms. It’s become a joke between me and my editor. She just sighs and tells me to take them out *gg*. Maybe someday!

    ~Ann, changing the world one twat at a time.

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  • Shannon Stacey
    July 15
    3:23 am

    I much, much prefer the C-word to the P-word. (No, I can’t type them in conversation. *g*) And my last choice would be Ann’s faves. So subjective, isn’t it?

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  • Lyn Cash
    July 15
    7:38 pm

    I’ve been Ann’s CP waaay too long, because those are my favs, too – LOL. The others don’t bother me if they’re used ‘correctly’, meaning that they aren’t jarring, fit with the story, the dialogue, the characters. Some characters would use them, in other words, while others just wouldn’t.

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  • MaryJanice Davidson
    July 15
    8:05 pm

    I hate that word. I especially dislike being *called* that word, and it almost always brings out a knee-jerk reaction in me. My DH knows that if I call someone the C word, I’m really really really REALLY pissed at them. I probably use it once a year, if that. I can’t recall ever using it in one of my books (it’s possible I’m wrong on that one). The thing is, anybody who reads my books knows I’m not afraid of salty language. But that word…I dunno. I guess everybody has a button that can be pushed. The C word is mine.

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  • Lauren Dane
    July 16
    12:24 am

    I used to never use it. It’s got a lot of baggage as a gender slur. But you know, I’ve come to love the word. In some scenes, pussy seems to soft. I want to take it back and put it where it should be, not as a weapon against us. I don’t call other women cunts, it’s just not something I’d do. But I’ll use it to describe ladyparts.

    But to each her own. If I read snatch in a book I’d be jarred and I’d probably snicker if I saw twat.

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  • MaryJanice Davidson
    July 16
    2:39 am

    Lauren, you perfectly articulated my problem with the C word: “gender slur”. I tried to explain why I didn’t like the word but that’s it exactly: it seems so expressly aimed, in a terribly mean/profane/disrespectful way, toward women. Just my two cents. I think twat is hilarious; it never fails to crack me up if I read it or hear it out loud. Pussy does nothing for me. (Uh, in pretty much every way: I’m a happily married woman!)

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  • Shannon
    July 18
    9:10 pm

    I, too, have become somewhat desensitized to the C word in my reading. But I gasp like the prudish old maid I will no doubt end up being every time someone says it out loud. And snatch and twat just make me giggle.

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