Cunt: A Declaration of Independence

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At its core, Cunt is a metaphor for unconditional self-love, a gentle call for women to embrace all things sacred and essentially female. And that’s not just lip service. Cunt does for feminism what smoothies did for high-fiber diets—it reinvents the oft-indigestible into something sweet and delicious.
—Ophira Edut

Library Journal:

In her first book, Muscio encourages women to reclaim the word “cunt”, rejecting its negative connotations and reincarnating it as a symbol of women’s power and strength. She invites women to disregard the derogatory messages they receive about their bodies and their womanhood: both “the anatomical jewel,” as she terms it, and the essence of femaleness. In a work that is by turns a handbook on sexual health and personal history, Muscio candidly discusses issues that affect the lives of all women…in an effort to foster a woman-positive society. Caution: although the writing is relaxed and appealing, it is also quite graphic and perhaps a little strong for some readers’ sensibilities…. Nevertheless, this is recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Kimberly L. Clarke

Maximum Rock n’ Roll:

…Here’s where Muscio really earned my respect: she offers alternatives. Alternative ways to alleviate menstrual pain without drugs, natural alternatives to tampons and pads, herbal emmenagogues and abortifacients for unwanted pregnancies and non-pharmaceutical birth control methods to name a few. Plus, Cunt concludes with the ubiquitous resources guide, a “Cuntlovin’ Guide to the Universe” listing filmmakers, web sites, magazines, businesses and organizations “that in some way or another challenge the existence of cunthatred in our society by being fighting (sic) and strong and wicked badass.”
—Catherine Cook


As writer Inga Muscio points out, the old children’s rhyme, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt you,” really isn’t all that true. Words are powerful weapons, and 20th centure English is full of words that have been used to taunt and wound other people. Words like “nigger” or “kike” or “wop” or “spic.” None of these words have been banned from the airwaves as an obscenity, although they aren’t usually heard unless somebody uses a disclaimer or they’re being explained or reclaimed in this era of political correctness. In her new book, Inga Muscio is reclaiming a word that women often hear thrown at them as an epithet. It’s a word describing women’s genitalia, a word that could get us in trouble with the FCC if we use it on the radio. This of George Carlin’s seven dirty words. But just as many black Americans are using the word “nigger” as a term of empowerment, Muscio believes women should use this word to describe themselves.
—Marcie Sillman

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