I’ve been thinking about insults. The wherefores and the whys don’t belong on the Internet.
There’s so many unflattering things to call people: a liar, poison, a moron, an asshole, a prick… but nothing comes even close to calling someone a vagina, be the insult pussy or cunt. Nothing. Or “no-thing” in Shakespearean English.
The implication of such an insult is that the person it’s directed at is weak, powerless, doesn’t know their place…. They’re all ridiculous. Think for a minute about what a vagina is capable of, and tell me it’s weak. Then think of how fragile a penis is. (I’m just saying.)
Also, how many women check to make sure their vagina is still there? I didn’t realize it was a thing for guys to make sure their junk was still attached in the morning, or after a coma, or an accident, but I’ve come across enough popular culture references to assume it must be a thing. Anyway, maybe that’s because the vagina, despite the “wandering womb” nonsense from the ancient Greeks, is not something women usually get hysterical (hah) over the fear of losing.
Anyway, I could go on in greater detail about why “vagina” is a stupid, sexist insult, but in theory most of us know that already. Yet the insult remains.
When we’re angry with someone, we tend to go for any weaponry available (the time that thing ten years ago happened, etc.) and not necessarily analyze the impact of the weapon chosen. (Gee, that sounds vaguely like history.) For those who know not to use vagina as an insult, but aren’t sure what else packs the sting of calling someone the vilest word in the English language (cunt)… I don’t know what to do, either. My goal is to find something else equally pleasing to the tongue that’s still insulting. Qualities are good (like poisonous), though, of course, insults are in and of themselves undesirable.
But if we get away from ugly, senseless insults, we might edge more towards intelligent arguments.