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The Pussy is Stronger

October 3rd, 2011 by Chris Bobel

A friend shared this clip from stand-up comedian and actor Hal Sparks.

He leads with  this “I disagree—vehemently—with the use of the word “pussy” to describe a weak person. Because the vagina is the tougher of the two genitals…. by a long shot!”

And later…”It bleeds every month and it won’t die.”

That puzzled reaction to menstruation is as old as time, say the cultural historians of menstruation. We know now, of course, that the monthly shedding of the uterine lining is no mystery. Nor does this regular occurrence suggest that women are necessarily witches or demons or otherwise intrinsically cursed or even blessed.

But his point is a good one.

It IS important to reframe the female body as POWERFUL.  As RESILIENT.

And demonstrate how our language—especially the words we use to slur and to exalt—obscures this reality.

Thanks, Hal, for a good laugh and a better think.  You are a REAL pussy.

  

2 Responses to “The Pussy is Stronger”

  1. lisa says:

    There is a meme running around Facebook right now claiming Betty White said “why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding!”

    So. True.

    I don’t know if she really said this (though I can totally hear this being said in her voice, to great hilarity!) but it’s interesting that it comes up at the same time that this post was made here!

  2. Chris Bobel says:

    Go Betty! Maybe there’s a slow building recognition that vaginas have it going on!? Leave it to the comedians to tell the truth…..

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