Cunt: A Declaration of Independence (Expanded and Updated Second Edition)
Cunt A Declaration of Independence - Expanded and Updated Second Edition Author:Inga Muscio An ancient title of respect for women, the word "cunt" long ago veered off this noble path. Inga Muscio traces the road from honor to expletive, giving women the motivation and tools to claim "cunt" as a positive and powerful force in their lives. In this fully revised edition, she explores, with candidness and humor, such traditional feminist i... more »ssues as birth control, sexuality, jealousy between women, and prostitution with a fresh attitude for a new generation of women. Sending out a call for every woman to be the Cuntlovin? Ruler of Her Sexual Universe, Muscio stands convention on its head by embracing all things cunt-related. This edition is fully revised with updated resources, a new foreword from sexual pioneer Betty Dodson, and a new afterword by the author.
"Bright, sharp, empowering, long-lasting, useful, sexy...." --San Francisco Chronicle
"... Cunt provides fertile ground for psychological growth." --San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Cunt does for feminism what smoothies did for high-fiber diets -- it reinvents the oft-indigestible into something sweet and delicious." --Bust Magazine« less
I have mixed feelings about the content of Muscio's book. It is divided into 4 sections. The first section titled "The Word" (meaning the word cunt) was exhilarating and informative. Muscio writes in a conversational style that I found refreshing and not at all academic or clinical. She urges women to "take back" the word, which has been transformed from a word of power for women to a disgraceful, derogatory word. This was my favorite section!
The second section is titled "The Anatomical Jewel" and contains lots of information about the physical aspects of being a woman--menstruation and women's issues are discussed--without the slightest bit of blushing or hesitation. I found Muscio's experiences and proclamations fun and unusual.
The third section, titled "Reconciliation" was nothing more than militant feminism. While interesting, I felt uncomfortable with some of the ideas presented.
The last section is actually the expansion for the second edition. Muscio talks about her experiences after the first edition was released. She expands her call for women's power to lesbians and transgendered people as well. Rape is a topic examined to the nth degree.
The book contains many resources for women--and the same links and resources can be found on the author's website.
Best book by a feminist author that I have ever read! I love that the author includes so many links at the back of her book. I like her writing style. I love how she treats serious subjects. It's a book that I wouldn't hesitate to give to a kid who just entered puberty. It does deal with serious themes, and has vulgar language ... but, frankly, I wish someone had given me this book when I was 13. It would have made navigating the whole high school, hormonal, first sexual experiences so much less confusing. I may have even made better decisions had I read this book first.