Breasts are an integral part of our bodies, culture and femininity. They are a barometer of health, sexuality and motherhood yet they are a target of controversy, exploitation and censorship. Let’s take back the words that define us and end the shame.
With hazy linguistic origins perhaps dating back 150 years, this word has taken residence as the predominant and common slang for women’s breasts. Shall we give in to the stigma of banned words that are woven into the fabric of our everyday conversation? Take back the words that define us. Use your boobs with pride and without shame.
Though the origin word - clitoris - has not yet been flagged, the lively derivative - clit - has found a way to affront the IG realm. Words like clit are perfectly acceptable for Scrabble game, why not Instagram? Take back the power of words that define our womanhood.
The most neutral and anatomically correct term for our uniquely woman part, the word "vagina" has gotten some negative attention and a bad rap. The sight of it causes instant controversy. The speaking of it gets you banned from the House floor. Limiting our language makes room for shame, condemnation and violence. Exercise your vagina might and hashtag it with pride.
We cringe at the word. It's vulgar, inflammatory and perhaps the mother of all insulting slang offenses. And yet, cunt is another the victim of misogynistic and patriarchal misappropriation. "Cu" being one of the oldest recorded words sounds referring to the feminine, forms the basis of words like cow and queen.* Its origins are so fascinating that a word like cunt deserves a second chance in our positive discourse. We have the power to reverse the polarity and take back a word that has historically abused us, shamed us and censored us.
The pussy is the effeminate flower of womanhood; a politely feeble adjective for the weak-willed; an object of endless innuendo; and a word banned by Instagram. The position of pussy has been one which refers to femininity in an inferior way to masculinity - as if having one or acting like one or referring to one reflects cowardice, softness and powerlessness. I’m sensing a theme with the labels for our womanly package. I propose a change: pick up that pussy whip, harness our pussy power and proclaim the unrealized potential the pussy holds. Reclaim these words that define us.