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Now Live on Amazon. Clusterfuck Nation For your reading pleasure Mondays and Fridays. It begins to look like The USA will litigate itself into Civil War Two with the first battle being half the lawyers in the Department of Justice prosecuting the other half until Anthropogenic Global Warming puts the DC Swamp completely underwater and all parties concerned scuttle off into the deep blue sea.
There may be even more line-ups to come. This melodrama will make The Lord of the Rings look like a knock-knock joke. Meanwhile, the Republic actually whirls around the drain, both as a legitimate polity between Montauk Point and the Farallon Islands, and as an actor on the world stage. The Washington bureaucracy is not the only swamp that needs to be drained. There is nothing left in Flyover-land.
I drove through part of it yesterday on a book-reporting chore: Their parting shot to an unjust world was voting for Donald Trump. Who will bail America out then? That act of this national Grand Guignol awaits in the second half of Meantime, my head is still reeling from the shenanigans in Syria last week. How many of our missiles were shot down exactly?
And what of the shockingly credible claims from many quarters that there was no chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians in any case? Judging by the front-page of The New York Time s today, that nearly world-ending incident has already been shoved down the memory-hole. To learn more visit: New Paintings by JHK — Read the first chapter here click on Patreon.
The land where anything goes and nothing matters. As befitting its genesis, it cannot be criticized. You can expect it to laugh off all pissant complaints. Soon enough the wretched refuse will seek its teeming shores and be turned back to their own teeming shores. Have you read Lovecraft? The essence of it is internal: You actually sound like you believe this crap, Janos!
No doubt some of them say the same thing about us. And you and everyone else that post snide arrogant shit for brains incorrigibly belligerent teenage comments like this are among the ones your making such comments about. In fact if and when the shooting starts you and your ilk chances are will be picked off first. A Civil War with lawyers fighting it out on both sides? You are proposing an actual solution to the problem of the legal morass that has America sucking swamp water.
In the end, of course, they will never lift their maws up from feeding upon US long enough to even think about attacking each other. A prelude to seriously bad escalating global war, or simply a playing out of a deception where we shoot our ordinance into the air, they shoot it down, and then we both buy more for profit.
BTW, I just listened to your latest interview and I have to say that besides the fact that the entire event was great listening, I have never heard a more level headed, intelligent discussion on the firearms control issue. If this could be broadcast on a national level there might actually be some hope that an intelligent solution could be worked out.
I will not hold my breath. Thank you again sir, well done on all accounts! Thanks for the link, tahoe. I wrote to my MP and got a load of waffle back. I shall be writing back with a few links and will ask if they have any well-meaning missile attacks planned to save the children of Yemen from the murderous activities of our best buddy on the Peninsula. I understand that there is little to nothing that constituents can do that those in power will listen to GA, but when those who rule are admonished in a civil manner they think it is flattering and keep on as if they have passed the right to be uncorrected and incorrigible, content that they are feared and that no one dares to reproach them.
Writing or calling is a total waste of time, for the corrupt are only influenced by an angry individual in their face or better yet, an angry crowd. Until such resistance is assembled and presented in their faces, resistance will remain futile. Or possibly the Pitchforks. Reason has left the country, as demonstrated by the inane, bloody ramblings of one Nikki Haley, who, for some reason unknown to me, constantly gets away with upstaging her boss, while others with lesser offenses are fired.
My late cold war warrior father would be amazed at the degree to which the world has changed, or that his son would write; Bookmark the Saker, as I have previously done: The pressures of rising interest rates are building. Number one rule to protect oneself from higher interest rates, reduce or eliminate debt load. Something the Deep State forgot about! The Elite always wins.
We enrich them every time we buy something with debt, and we lose. Ca ching, ca ching, eliminate debt! The number one, damned near guaranteed way to break the chains of bondage and free those that slave for wages from oppression! Most will not be able to do so or even try, but it is our obligation to remind them that walking into the cage makes you a volunteer pet or slave, the owners shall choose.
It is a shame that Arizona and New Jersey are so far apart John. We could be dangerous if we were to be put together in the same place at the same time. Be well, God Bless. Truly inspired writing today, Jim! Best in recent memory.
For those paying attention, the recent and ongoing Syria fiasco plainly reveals the utter bankruptcy of American foreign policy and military projection capabilities. Meanwhile, the whole election caper fiasco — meant to be nothing more than a diversionary smoke screen for the existentially real problems we face — is now running out of steam as well, even when judged solely on its tawdry, afternoon muckraking TV merits alone.
I just logged in to agree. Gave me a belly laugh. OTT blast to read. Have you been tweaking your mitochondria again? Yes we are doomed. Long life and good health Jim. They allied themselves against Trump because he was an outsider.
He had not been pre-indoctrinated by the political process, and he refused to agree as to what he could and could not do before he was elected. He was an interloper they feared they could not control so they attacked him. But as the recent events in Syria shows he CAN be controlled. He can be coerced, manipulated and sold just like the shyster real estate mogul he likes to tout himself as to Forbes Magazine by impersonating his own staff.
Whether you like him or not he is resisting the permanent state and he may actually win that battle with the DOJ and FBI. But he does not understand history, international events and geo-political policy and he has not shown he can or will think on his own going forward. That is partly controlled by the Russia investigation. He knows he cannot be perceived as friendly or cooperative with Putin and Russia.
I think this will be the tone of his Presidency for the next 2 years. Of course, I am assuming the US will make it over the next 2 years.
After the fireworks show in Syria a week ago, I am left wondering how many times can we do that before the bear pinches back with their hypersonic anti-ship missiles. The way I see it, Russia either overstated their capabilities or they are afraid of the situation getting out of control and escalating to a nuclear exchange.
Congress stands by and does nothing about the illegal use of the Military to wage an undeclared war on another sovereign country.
I wonder if they will finally do something about it if Russia were to arrange a meeting of our ships with the Roman navy at the bottom of the Mediterranean sea.
The US has engaged in illegal and immoral actions in other countries for decades, and we are currently killing women and children in Yemen with our ally Saudi Arabia. But we are suddenly outraged by the alleged use of chemical weapons and justify our attack by claiming Assad has broken international law and has to be removed from power??
The rush to judgment was immediate and precipitous, and there is evidence of German and UK supplies smoke bombs and chlorine in Doumas where the alleged attacks took place. He is a Columbia University Full Professor with great credentials. He decimates the US policy in Syria. Crazy Joe and dumb as a rock Mika were all for the strike along with almost everyone else. The Media is owned by the Criminals. But so much of this is Kabuki Theater it is hard to see the truth. That is one area in which the permanent state is supreme — obfuscating.
I am 64 years old. When I look back at the 50s, 60s and 70s — even the 80s — it surprises me that we have survived so many miscalculations. Well apparently somebody on our side did their best not to hit anything important. So maybe their is a saner head or two. Out here in the middle earth of flyover country, central Iowa, the economy perks along nicely, feeding mostly on what could be called an outdoor factory.
That factory employs lots of workers operating heavy construction machinery, and consumes as its raw material some of the best land on earth. That land is converted to junk development at a rate so fast that it seems there must be a deadline to meet. The cheerleaders in the media take delight in all this destruction.
What a silly statement. Look do you want to pay for illegal immigrants? As for the bugs: Back when we were a country, we used to check would be immigrants for diseases. But now, not only do we not care, but we just opened up our borders to people with AIDS. And once the guys are feeling a bit better, they can start spreading the joy around. A Black Specialty both here and in Britain. Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
Send these, the homeless,tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! As to all your questions, the truthful answer is: I cannot figure out for the life of me how to do this. Can you tell me? Sammy has spoken with sarcasm. You and Sammy are on the same page as to the issue of immigration and diseases.
You are preaching and Sammy is the choir and vice versa. Sometimes you have a Borat-like charm. If that is confusing google a website for simple HTML composition, it will explain it batter than I can for sure.
A note to all commenters: It has prompted me to coin a new word: But for the moment the following will serve as a draft: The result is as unsatisfying as a glass of alcohol-free white zinfandel with dinner. Good word QSHTIK, There are so many boring people who just cut and paste reams of information from other websites and clog up comments sections of popular blogs like this one. Some people seem to want to give the impression that they know everything about everything.
If so and assuming the BLS has not already done so unemployment might be calculated as: Just trying to get as many bodies over here as possible so as to turn them into Soy Products? Seriously, the juxtapositon of your two posts is bizarre. The first one answers the sencond: It has nothing to do with the Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from France in honor of our victory in the American Revolution.
In fact, too many people, from to many different places is a great way to lose our Liberty. Because to deal with them all-teach them English, house them, feed them, etc-the Goverment inevitable grows bigger and bigger.
You have analytical abilities, but you need values in order to have a position. Is that the problem? Jaego, Your population density is quite low compared to Western Europe or parts of Asia, so you are not full. As a nation you are just greedy and wasteful. Apologies to the many millions of Americans who are not greedy and wasteful. The slavery I see is congress giving away my money and the money of my kids and grandkids to wall street and the dizens of the Hamptons.
Health Care reform is just another way to fleece millions of people from their money, a bit more economical than before, but a fleecing none the less. Have you seen Zeke Emanuals chart on who gets health care. The chart shows who will get priority for health care. From 20 to 45 people get priority and will get the majority of care. After 55 you can forget about it as the chart drops off like a cliff. After 75 the line disappears. Legalizing does take the glamor out. I remember when I used to accompany my father into the state liquor store in Pennsylvania they were all state stores in that state and it was highly taxed so people used to go to Jersey because the stores were private and cheaper.
I am not complaining about the higher price because of taxes on it but the point I want to make is that the state stores had board or dusty metal shelves, brown paper bags, and were just dingy places. No glamor at all. Now the liquor stores in PA are glamourous.
They had dollar stores for the yuan and they were classier and more expensive. In one fell swoop we could take the glamour out of consumerism by plaining it down. I used to be a therapist in an addiction agency and lots of probation drug dealers were forced to come to therapy.
They were really interesting to work with. Their stories were exciting. They flew to Miami to get some or deliver. They had lots of pretty women around. They drove fast expensive cars. They rode in limos and stayed in expensive hotels or motels. The fast lifestyle and that was the carrot. They liked the lifestyle of the rich and famous. And added to that was the high end game of cops and robbers. Some of the trucks are above 8, lbs. And they all say they like bigger vehicles better.
Part of it is kicking sand in the face of Authority, that is, of people who are clearly trying to control you, for good ends or bad. To those wanting to get to some truth about unemployment numbers, I tried to post stuff earlier but it got caught in the spam trap. Let me do the links one at a time: Employment status of the civilian population by gender and age: The Shadowstats version of unemployment numbers: Upcoming spike in unemployment benefits exhaustion rate: Europe to be muslims by Naaaa….
On a hope and a prayer: Data gathered from various sources indicate that Britain, Spain and Holland will have an even higher proportion of Muslims in a shorter amount of time. Experts say that there has been a lack of debate on how the population changes will affect areas of life from education and housing to foreign policy and pensions.
Although some polls have pointed to a lack of radicalisation in the Muslim community, little attention is being given to the integration of migrants, it is claimed, with fears of social unrest in years to come. Jaego I have carefully studied Toynbee and can find no flaws.
Western civilization is in the stage of disintegration. It has left the stage of rout and rally. Different citizens of an empire do different things with their lives during the stage of disintegration.
But changing the slide is not possible. Yes there will be pockets. But that is all. The Sufis know all about this. Somehow you have them mixed in with Islam. They predated all religions that we know of and have always had difficulties with Islamic rule. Sharia is not a Sufi thing at all.
Read the Tales of Nasrudin. Or Indries Shah the great Afghan Sufi of the 20th century. Or Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, or his father Inayat Khan whose writings are the most spiritual and profound that I have ever read, and then of course the incomparable Krishnamurti who cannot be labeled at all , who formed a community in Lebanon PA.
His vibrations were so spiritual that you could breathe him in, and so after it was over I went home and changed my present path to a different and more spiritual one. And I immediately moved from where I was living as I could feel the pollution, physical and mental. It was a concrete thing to me after being around his aura. Once a culture is interwoven changing any one thing becomes almost impossible because so many other things are affected negatively.
The Chinese were financially successful and breeding so that the Malaysians were going to become minority citizens in their own country as white Americans will be. And Singapore had to reinvent a country for itself. It is composed of Indian, Malaysians, British, Chinese and the metro stops are called out in four languages. All children must master two languages, one being English, the official language. The Chinese intermarry but it is usually the lower classes who do and some of the highly educated who meet in university and graduate school and in the more professional professions.
I think it goes back to a horror of primitive mating rituals, and casual coupling breeding of say seamen offshore and military in foreign ports leaving their seed indiscriminately. Coming from a good family has a lot to do with that attitude as secure, financially solvent, and educated people in families have a horror of free love and breeding rather than the proprieties of family merging, formalities, weddings and exchange of wealth and property that goes with the union.
When I came to the Ozarks every man with a 6th grade education tried to bullshit and impress me. They all came from dysfunctional families and lots of baggage. You know how these whacky liberal New Yorkers are. Jaego about deliving Europe into the hands of the Muslims and drug dealers you are in good company with Houellebecq, the most outrageous and critically acclaimed writer in france today along with Bernard-Henri Levy.
Please read Platform by him at least. It is fiction but brutally true. As for your fascism I go with BHL when he says that the world is headidng toward a one world government. We are steering between Scylla and Charybdis sp? Both dangerous, stultifying, and utterly damaging to human freedom. In all futuristic novels there often are outsider groups who exist as in World Made By Hand as long as they are allowed to do so.
Illegal immigrants will go to emergency rooms or being afraid to do so will die, will contaminate the rest of society so I guess they might as well be included in universal health. After all the British gave Elizabeth Taylor over a million in medical treatment when she fell ill there on a movie location. But I do know Canada, Australia, New Zealand make it difficult to legally immigrate there without marketable skills that will not take jobs from the locals.
I like the feelding of your selection. It is romantic and hopeful. Because we are more civilized, more economically secure, and do not want more competition than we already have from other people. There really is no legal place for disabused people to run to on this planet that is safe for them. The Bible promotes breeding and increasing the tribe.
Written in a time where that was necessary. When Israel saw that the Palestinians were going to breed them into a minority, this endless war began. In the beginning because they were the victims of a surprise attack. Victorious in 6 days the aggressors realized they had made a mistake that would have no end of retribution attached to it.
To do the numbers statistically one must move into an analysis of variance model with either nested or non-nested variables. I am sure the stats people out there can do it but they know then that no one could understand it. Then there are the graphs. Plot on a graph that is on a piece of elastic paper. Stetch it longwise and the ups and downs look quite significant.
Stretch it horizontally and the ups and downs smooth out to about nothing. Statisticians know this and plot the way they want you to believe. Same with dots for numbers on a graph. Once of the reasons for the low low interest rates thatr caused the housing bubble were, get ready to keep increases in social security artificially lowered when everyone knew inflation was coming back.
The CPI index was kept artificailly low by selecting what was going to be included in the index. Less money 5 years ago and more money now but I can not buy as much as I could 5 years ago. The phenomenon of negative suggestibility. Understanding this when working with schizophrenics is the doorway to cure. To which stimuli of this paradox does the child respond? And so it goes as Vonnegut would say. We can just sit here together and be quiet.
Or what is the quality of this silence? You get the idea. You double bind them as it was done to them in childhood only you are doing it in language. The patient says, You are doing anything to solve my problems! If I tell you what to do, will you do it? How can I be sure you will? Ask Jennie for a signed photo, rent a room, and have at it. Let your boyfriend know were you are renting said room just in case you end up hanging yourself.
You live in fucking Chiggerville. Be careful at the bank. What is going on here? This is absolutely brilliant plot, no doubt hatched by the very richest amongst us. I already see the seeds of fascism on the right, but see no patriots coming to the rescue of the republic. Common sense, like the soundness of the dollar is gone forever.
To Asoka, I want to return to your unkind remark of last week. I had worked at this place On the way home I purchased a birthday gift for my wife and had it wrapped. I agree with you on the unlikelihood that these were spontaneous demonstrations. Food shortages such as in no Cheeze Doodles or beer at Safeway riots might however. None the less, a clear description of the dilemma: At whichever level of government it is applied, the single-payer plan will mean that government officials decide what medical care is available and to which categories of citizens.
Just as under the Clinton plan GT note: The logic of the situation implies that the citizen will be deprived of this right not only with respect to the taxes he is forced to pay to support the plan, but with respect even to funds he is prepared to pay over and above his taxes, for the purpose of obtaining medical care. Thus, as in Canada, it will be driven to prohibit the existence of any quasi-free segment of the market. People will have to take the medical care it decides they can have, period.
A Patriot no longer defends the constitution and, like our founders, believes in limited federal government. Someone like that is now considered a radical.
The economy was in even worse shape now. I sent hundreds of resumes. I took interviews in remote places at sleazy companies with high weeds growing near the entrance … just for the practice. There were two other temps in identical straights as me … even our ages. We commiserated and shot pool once in awhile. I began to go there the maximum allowable times twice per week??
The first was memorable: I got on a bed, they wheeled up a tree with blood bags and tubes hanging from it, inserted an IV needle extracted a bag of blood, and took it away while I laid there for 15 mins. They spun the cells out and kept the juice. Then they came back with the cells in a solution and dripped them back into my arm. When I entered the collection room there were 15 beds lining the walls on either side, everyone with a client in it and hanging blood bags.
Every head turned when a new person entered the room to see who else was desperate enough to suffer such humiliation.
I laid down, the nurse with the IV approached and I fainted. My wife became pregnant with our third child. I began working i. I got a call from a woman at the agency who said she was my NEW rep.
They make gyroscopes and some other stuff for the govt. Its about a 40 mile drive one way from your home, do you want to take the interview? Between the two jobs I worked days a year for two straight years during WTF do you think the police and fire depts. Yes, the Statue of Liberty. At least I give reasons to be against illegal mass immigration, which can be summed up as: Why was Caesar Chavez against illegals? Why is Thomm Hartmann against illegals? Over what issue did the Sierra Club almost fracture?
How much water does the west and midwest have? How many people can live in the USA without importing resources from other places? Why does big business support illegals? Why do people think illegal mass migration will not result in greater ethnic strife? Anyone who has followed JHK yearly predictions over the last 3 years and still doubts his amazing insights and foresight is beyond help…if you read his predictions closely you will be take his advice about the current situation and get your cash out of the bank immediately…the beginning of the final meltdown is clearly only a few days or weeks away…I continue to be amazed at how few people among JHK disciples are expressing their knowledge that ALL the alarm bells are ringing and the time for lifeboats is NOW!!
Qschtik For some there is no sh. And of course a nice plumb juicy government teat to su. Miami Beach, FL to the edge of, if not into, bankruptcy? Oh, you must be talking about the running into burning buildings and getting shot at st-st-stuff. Finally … something fresh, as I suggested. Abbey, you make 3 excellent points: When I did the calc of When I mentioned last week that there would be some hard times for some people but over the longer term it would be just a blip on the screen … I had your graph image in mind.
Even the Great Depression does not look like the end of the world on a Dow chart from to now. Not only does the BLS fool with the CPI but all indices are frequently adjusted including complete re-doing of bench mark starting data that might go back a decade or two. Why not submit future short stories to Readers Digest and give the blog a break? Clever Great Pop culture reference You really got me back with that one.
Feel free to scroll past my comments in the future. Now I am afraid. The meltdown may be Tuesday. Should I withdraw all bank funds tomorrow before whole economic house of cards collapses? So, JHK is right. Will emergency action be necessary to save my property?
Are we facing a complete societal breakdown which may happen Tuesday? Should I buy more ammo and guns to defend myself from the illegal hordes and the non-white criminals. Will no health care public option mean another doubling of my private medical premiums, bankruptcy, foreclosure on my house, homelessness?
Will it mean more crime, more unemployed? Is there no hope. Is the Illuminati behind this? The Council on Foreign Relations? Have a nice day. There was a funny line somewhere, way back: What you are probably referring to is what you are presented with through corporate programming on TV news, which are the aberrations, exceptions to the universal and predominant acts love, cooperation, and trust among billions of persons that make it possible for societies to continue functioning.
Tomorrow as you go about your business, look to see how many people smile and maintain civil relations. Compare that number to the number of people you see plundering, murdering, and raping. Let me know what the ratio is. The violent aberrations do not prove anything about human nature. The billions of acts of kindness are more representative. And you have alot of self confidence in this.
And I hate to disagree with such a well bred Lady-and such a polite one. And my Elder too. But you are wrong about many things. The blinders of Liberalism have done their work well, not to mention its little sister, Feminism. You are simply wrong about the Sufis. They consider themselves Muslims. A few avant guarde Masters have come to the West-and allowed Westerners not to convert. But I know that to go Sufi is to open the door to Islam and its horrors.
And this I will never do. I took an inititation a few years ago, but no earthly master was to be seen. I do not believe in Him in any objective way, but he is more than a symbol. Yet not the Ultimate Reality either. He is the Spirit of the White Race. Are we not an incredible people, both brilliant and beautiful? We have characteristics no other people have-a capacity for objectivity and self examination I have not found elsewhere.
With us is the hope of all Humanity, not with these others who lack these traits or only have them to a lesser degree. If Western Civilization no longer serves us, then let it die, but not us, not our precious genes. Of course, we are a work in progress. But how dare anyone demand that we become extinct. We have not only the right but the duty to resist all such actions against us. And we cannot exist without our own Lands. If we mix with other peoples, we will no longer have the gifts that Evolution has bestowed on us.
If you breed a German Shepherd with a Grey Hound, do you get a super dog that has all the good qualities of both breeds?
No, you get a mutt who likely has neither set of good qualities in a pure form. On a smaller scale: Darwin found that each Galapagos Island had its own breed of Finch-although they were almost identical to each other. But each breed carried twigs in a slightly differnt way; it was a behavioral difference more than a physical one. Yet when bred together, the offspring had trouble building nests because the resultant behavior did not allow for the graceful carrying of twigs.
Each of old ways was fine, but the mixed behavior was a mess. I find this an apt metaphor for mixing cultures-and more than a metaphor because it is a genetic reality as well.
Usually one culture just wipes out another. Occasionally, the victor and vanquished will influence each other over time, alot of time. But this process cannot be predicted and certainly not hurried.
It is organic-a world away from hideous programs of multiculturalism and forced mixing. If we mixed with the Chinese say, what would that give to the world? It would be the end of us, but not the end of the Chinese-they have their own Homeland which is secure. And the offspring would be highly intelligent and handsome no doubt, but it would lack the incredible creativity of the White Race and also perhaps, the good traits of the Chinese such as endurance, visual thinking, and control of emotions.
Yes the Statue was defaced by that poem which had nothing to do with the Statue. It shows the great influence of the Jews even early in the 20th century. They have always been the leaders in the open borders campaign.
The weaker the Founding Race becomes, the stronger they become. Emma Lazarus was an agitator against the Czar in Russian. When she immigrated here, she agitated against the US Goverment. She saw no differnece. It was just Us and Them. Again, many of White Politicians and Businesmen have joined this plot to overthrow Western Civilization.
There is plenty of blame to go around. If you have good vision, you can also see the sign they are carrying that shows their IQ. This ignorance of the constitution is exactly what I mean. Police and Fire Departments are local and not federal; although, the feds are getting into that also.
Those powers not enumerated by the constitution are to be left to the states. The founding fathers foretold what would happen if central government tried to provide everything. The prediction was Tyranny. Our constitution is an attempt to balance us between Tyranny and Anarchy. You can see where we are headed now that the spigots have opened and the people know where the free money is.
The best government is local government. You may think it is fine that the fed is large enough to give you everything you want, just remember. You may vote for Tyranny, I will fight for freedom. Our economists see green shoots, a beginning of the new housing market recovery and that the stock market is up! This temporary good news euphoria allows the wall street crooks to further raid the United States treasury to pay off their bad investments — gambling debt derivatives now at quadrillion!
There are lots of black swans circling to blame the next downturn in our economy that will be summoned by the White House appointed vultures of formerly Goldman Sachs executives.
We need to abolish the Federal Reserve, focus on the many new and promising technologies that will build a 21st century national infrastructure to create wealth over debt.
We need to reward work and penalize the blood suckers of our economy that have created this fog of numbers. We can begin with an audit of the Federal Reserve with prosecutions to follow. A couple of days ago I wrote my sister Barbara that I wondered if Jim Kunstler, who clearly forecast the current economic meltdown back in early , immersed himself almost to the drowning point in economic data as I do each week, or whether he is simply psychic — can see the reality without doing any number crunching.
His blog today August 10 clarifies things for me quite a bit. But maybe instead of psychic visionary, we just have an ordinary guy with a lot of common sense, of the type you see in a bright 5 year old kid.
A couple of days ago I wrote my sister Barbara that I wondered if Jim Kunstler, who clearly forecast the current economic meltdown back in early , immersed himself almost to the drowning point in data as I do each week, or whether he is simply psychic — can see the reality without doing any number crunching.
His blog today clarifies things for me quite a bit. This means a few things, but the main point is that having that amount of money available in the real-estate market was bound to inflate real estate prices. And, in Australia, the stupidity continues. Confidence boosts mortgage numbers 2. I just find it ironic. Green shoots amongst all the brown weeds? I only had to reach up my ass just slightly beyond your head to retrieve that cultural artifact.
You should not be so easily impressed. You do not possess private medical premiums 2. You do not make mortgage payments 3. No Fool mX, Tue , I agree. Barack Obama also needs to grow some balls and jail the criminal fraudsters who ran the US economy into the ground. The use of pseudonyms is very common.
Hi Jim— The genius of so many of your rants including this one is that they function like a mirror and people see exactly what they want to see when they read them. The range of responses so far certainly proves this to be true. Keep telling the truth Jim—especially the admonitions that we have got to start lowering our standard of living, learn subsistence agriculture or even gardening for a start , and demand and insist on the prosecution to the full extent of the law those crooks who have been and continue to swindle us.
Maybe eventually some more of the ugly step-sisters who frequent your forum will start to see their own ugliness instead of the ugliness of others when they gaze into the mirror of your postings. Dark, even for you, Jim. Pretty well sums up my thinking lately, though. The rich are heading for the exits, looting the joint before it collapses. I suggest that discreetly heading for the exit before the mob catches on would be wise.
Wish I had some loot… You might also consider that paper dollars might not continue to be useful. Why not just cancel ALL debts,without exception, and start over? Holy shit, a bank holiday? Gee, who would have thought THAT might be possible? When these folks realize that the jig is up, they, like water, will seek their own level, and start taking what they want. After that starts, and the social shitstorm phase begins to ramp up, the NASCAR drones will begin squeezing off rounds, but it will be to ward off the predators below, not to foment a revolt against the predators above.
Republican protesters are brownshirts, Democratic protesters are righteous, passionate participants. Republicans wear swastikas, Democrats are well dressed with suits and ties. Our pastime blaming W is O-fucking-ver…despite what some juvenile delinquents writing in this blog say, Obama is now the landlord and his band of Merry Men plotting the destruction of freedom are now spreading over the land like so much sewage sludge from Hoboken.
Is it my imagination but do a helluva lot of Americans want to trade freedom for the imagined dream state of alleged security? OK, Dems, now that we have blacks, Hispanics, and others strategically placed in our political hierarchy, is that necessarily wonderful or merely window dressing? When in the past have we ever heard, other than sci-fi movies, about various age groups being the desirable species for our country? Sure, understandably, we can have legitimate discourse on banning guns and ammo, but banning free speech?
Are you all OK with this, are you willing to let Barry and his gang forcibly control your lives? Just imagine when Obama the Magnificent digs into school systems. Republicans are brownshirts, Dems are noble…right!
I wish some of the people who post MANY times would stop. Post once, maybe ONE follow up. Start your own blog and there you can rant all you want. If we do all the right things going forward, it will take a decade or more to undo just the things done by those two fools. For those who helped put those pukes in office, please keep that in mind as you foam at the mouth about how bad things are today, and how much worse they are going to get.
Have a good day. The thing I admire most about Kunstler is his independence. He recogizes the delusional world views of both right wingers and progressives. Jim, You are one of many Americans who got a huge boner about the fact that the dick attached to the 44th president is a tad bigger and browner than its 43 predecessors. Are you willing to admit yet that you were duped by the propaganda for the off-white shyster from Chicago whose advisors hail from Chicago Business School and Harvard Business School?
Are you willing to admit yet that you were duped into believing that obama represents change? Both rural and urban poor had no land, and as a result were at the mercy of those who had land.
In the American landscape today, most suburbanites and rural dwellers would have an opportunity to convert their lawns into food-producing land, growing anywhere from half to all the fruits and vegetables they consume. In fact, those sub- and ex-urbanites with homes on 1 or more acres, can grow commodities as well. So, could it be that the suburban spread in the age of the peak oil could be a good thing for the American democracy and the rights of man and woman: We think that just because we can measure things in numbers, we can make sense of them.
If Jim sez the burbs are the greatest misallocation then, by golly, they are. But here is something rather curious. Roughly million people live in the suburbs. If you took those people and jammed them into our cities what the hell would you envision those cities to look like? To my eyes many cities appear rather broken and run-down. How would pouring more people into the incorporated zones of cities make this a better world? How would resources be so much better allocated in these larger enclaves?
The right wing, having lost control of congress and the White House by fair means will now resort to any means however foul to regain power. Behind their obstructionist tactics, the town hall mobs, and birther insanity is a clear call to insurrection, sedition, and all-out violence after which they will pick up the pieces.
Although, I tend to agree that when TSHTF, most of the finger pointing or probably worse will be in the wrong direction. Never to be seen again? If solving problems means losing freedoms we hold dear, is that OK with Obama supporters? Obama has to be held to a high standard, and that is not being done right now thanks to the vast majority he enjoys. W was justifiably insulted, jeered, and crucified by press and others, but Obama deserves same should his ideas prove nutty.
From what I see happening, the choice is not between the crap of W vs. Remember, all felt Greenspan was perfect for a long time in his office, but such has been proven folly. Ding dong, W is gone. But, Obama is certainly not the Holy Redeemer, either. Really, I mean Really??? They know Americans are competitive. Read the founding fathers writings. You might just become enlightened for a change. Oh wait, I get it. How enlightened you must be.
O-man can be pictured as a little poodle wearing a leash with the end of the leash in the hands of the Big Money Boyz. I think efforts are already underway to prevent bank runs. Personally, I keep less than half my cash in the banks. The rest is under my mattress. Dave — Erstwhile Urban Wanderer. Amen to all that. Katrina and the Los Angeles riot are the paradigm of the near future. But there will be acts of heroism too: And in Los Angeles, the Korean Businessmen who held of the maddened minorities with guns, giving as good as they got.
Needless to say the Police will be on the wrong side, at least at first. As in New Orleans, they will go house to house tring to take guns away from citizens just when they are needed most.
America began with guns in the hands of pioneers and it will end the same way. The alternatives are far worse: Get with the Bubbas. They know exactly how much Liberals hate them. And they return the favor. And you are buying into this? What a fucking joke. I thought the Repugs were the party of the elite, the moneyed class, etc.
It was the right wing that loosed the police during the Chicago police riots in The right wing burned down the inner cities during the civil rights movement? If you align yourself with the left and are afraid of what the hordes will do in the future, fear your fellow Dimotwats. Qshtik et al, This concept, that earning money and putting it away for later, is somehow the noblest calling of industrial society should be abandoned I think.
We should stop admiring these people at our earliest convenience. But that money should be turned into some form of natural capital — say, fertile land, tools, education, livestock, books, or a low-energy home.
It is this very act of investing in and profiting from an economy that has fervently traded natural capital for paper money and ledger balances that is bringing down the ship. I have always been ready to get on board with the idea that the economy is crashing, because I have no problem with internet conspiracy theories.
Unfortunately, JHK is the best writer on this spot and his gambit is to use metaphors, which is to say that something is something else to give it that little literary treatment for purposes of illustration. It is like asking how much a person will pay for something and not stating the price. The premises used in an argument are often taken as true, and argued against given that that is true.
There is a name for that. When you take in metaphors, proving they are not true is not even winning. The author is saying that you know what he means. Allegories and aphorisms I have yet to look up.
I am not going to like it. Commercial-grade entertainers always refer to odors and scatology in the morning to help the listeners do their toilet. The quote by Buffalo Springfield places the song in the earlier phase of people I guarantee you do not want to listen to since they were on drugs. Somewhere along in there their ilk announced a plan to levitate the Pentagon. The Buffalo and the Springfield were a rifle, the best I can figure, and a Buffalo Bill, and a cool rawhide leather jacket with fringes, which Steven Stills wore.
He just slips into a thing coming from a long line of writers. In spite of industrialization, my trade continues to be labor, and the machinations of the elite have always been to profit from the labor of others.
Those others for their part have struggled for a decent life in spite of this exploitation, but the denial of this sharing has consistently relied upon a characterization of the workers as lazy, shiftless, dumb brutes who do not deserve wealth. We would have been the working poor forever anyway.
If you can generalize, fine. But, I notice that I live a particular life, not a general one. It is true that JHK warned well ahead of time that the housing bubble was going to burst, and I was just unable to do anything about it. I had to work too far away to deal with selling my condo and realizing a profit.
I also got sucked in by the desire to pay down my principle to avoid the interest payments. I actually have two fine children. These you might not want to uproot, so I did not do that. JHK is analogous to an air traffic controller guiding an airplane down to the runway. You want to hit the runway; not too long, not too short.
I always apply a factor. It is not like he says. To summarize, the danger is to the elite, and the long knives are not real knives. The danger to the people is the elite in the best of times. I am interested in science, and I hate the hype as well. I figured that I would do what has never been done. My hypothesis is that books never tell you anything that will do you any good. No single book has any of it, much less all of it.
I decided that as long as international trade in narcotics could generate much more income than legal commerce, that no legitimate economy really exists. I decided to tell what I know about manufacturing methamphetamine since the ACLU shot down a bill attempting to chill speech on this very subject. I am at the six-month mark. The Republican Party is essentially composed of three elements; traditional fiscal conservatives, so-called country club republicans and the Christian right.
Traditional fiscal conservatives — These people have very little reason to still be republicans based on the behavior of their party in the previous eight years and the disturbing fact that the democrats have shown themselves to be better at balancing budgets then they have.
Country Club Republicans — still holding strong, but the numbers are so small it can hardly can be considered a factor, other than their considerable ability to have influence far beyond their numbers based on economic impact. Christian Right — This movement, based largely on the grievances of the working class, is IMO, largely a reaction to the democrats decision to abandon working class needs in favor of drifting into alignment with suburbanites and traditional minority interests.
Democrats have so completely compromised themselves and failed this key demographic group, that these people now feels free to vote their prejudices rather than their economic interests.
The democrats will abandon them after every election. The dynamics are that the CC Republicans and their vast money machine are so adept at blowing the dog whistle of grievance politics that this class of CR voters is incapable of seeing how seriously they are being manipulated. They are often virtually unschooled in the actual facts of any proposal, just following the grievance issues enumerated for them by the likes of Limbaugh and Beck.
Unfortunately, I see no change in sight, in fact, things will likely only get worse as the political system demonstrates its incapability to deal with real change and real problems. Last week the price of gold was X. The difference between this weeks price of gold or lead, silver, coffee.
Perception has always and will always play a key role in both currency and commodity evaluations. I must congratuate you on your attempt to demonize your opponent while totally ignoring their actual concerns on healthcare may I point out that the actual physical violence has come from those who favor nationalized health care? Congressional Budget Office program cost analysis no decrease in costs!!! Constitutional authority for such a program 10th amendment-it is a STATE responsibility The fact that most major federal government programs Social Security and Medicare are going broke.
Countries with socialized medicine are also having major troubles with their program costs and are rationing care see British Columbia for a recent example.
Rush to pass ANY bill without time to debate and discuss. Massive increase in federal power. Congresscritters refuse to sign up for option they want to force on American public. Many people looked to Obama to fix our troubles after those leaders before him failed, some miserably. The right wing will do anything to regain power! Oh, yes, they are capable of everything and anything while the pure, sweet, honest, child loving Democrats would never, ever stoop to RETAIN their power….
Figaro, do you really think your statement is accurate? The big bad Republicans are all bad but your Obama assbiting friends are the salt of the earth, right? Take a ticket and go to the back of the bus. Make you feel better? You watched with some glee while Dickhead Carville made his typically Democratic comment about throwing a hundred dollar bill into the trailer park and seeing what pops up, right?
Figaro, what scam are you trying to pull here amongst grownups? Your allusion to the cretins at CNBC is right on!!
I wonder how many people actually believe what these talking heads are saying. That percentage would surely be a contrary sentiment indicator. Yeah, we were talking on Saturday at our coffee group and one, not realizing I was a double agent, spewed forth some nasty stuff about Obama.
I went to our neighborhood organizer and spilled the beans. After all, Obama is pure as the driven….. The King and his Court…. You have aced your exam once again. Wish we could thank you enough. It makes clear how useless certain measures of our economy are. A quadrillion is a daunting, difficult number all right. We can either throw up our hands at it and sit in docile confusion, or make some effort at breaking it down in more easily understood pieces and thereby arrive at some understanding of it.
About twice as much as the average American would earn working in 40 years — hell, call it a lifetime. Another way to look at it: But scale of what? What significance does the value of derivatives outstanding have, whatever the amount?
Is it necessarily bad, wrong choose your own adjective that its value is large relative to this or that measure? In other words, you and 9 of your neighbors buy houses, and the mortgages on them are bundled together in a derivative, by virtue of which the financial institution which buys the derivative, obtains the right to receive the value of your collective mortgage payments for the lifetimes of the loan.
But this again, if you accept that derivatives are legitimate and useful under any circumstances is not the problem. If all 10 of your neighbors stay employed, and keep paying your mortgages, and the values of your homes stays the same or increases, no problem! In still other words, the folks who were sold those derivatives bought themselves a shit sandwich no news flash there because the right to be paid they were buying was ultimately premised upon people continuing to be employed at a certain level and house values not plummeting.
They vastly underestimated the risks of those things happening and therefore vastly overpaid for their derivatives, to the detriment of the world financial system and everyone in a position to be buffeted by disruptions in it. The REAL problem here, in my estimation, is not just the result caused by derivatives catastrophic collapse but their goal — — efficient allocation of capital.
Nearly by definition, efficient systems are unstable. Precautions, safeguards, redundancies — — these are all inefficient. If they were not simpler than the world, they would be of no use. Some of the omitted elements of reality would be trivial, even were they to occur. But some are left out though non-trivial, because they are deemed unlikely. Unfortunately, they are unlikely only when viewed in isolation. That is, it is only unlikely that any one such event will happen.
But the likelihood that SOME non-trivial unlikely event, from a huge number of unlikely events, is very high indeed. We need to get more comfortable with the idea that not all inefficiencies are bad. Some air-flow would be useful for breathing. Bankers are mischief makers, realize that first and foremost. The ludicrous profits they made came at the expense of our way of life, not just our economy. Put more Harvard frat boys into key positions, obviously they are impartial geniuses, right?
Money was made by the ton using bizarre financial derivatives but you will never, ever see Obama going after the bankers. The Middle English 'kunte', 'cuntt', 'cunte', 'count', and 'counte' bear the marks of each of these three influences. We have seen how the Celtic 'cwm' was influenced by the feminine prefix 'cu', a topographical vagina metaphor comparing the shape and fertility of valleys and vaginas. Other water-related terms also have similarly vaginal connotations, such as 'cundy' 'underground water channel' , which is a hydrographical vaginal metaphor derived from 'cunnus'.
Similarly, 'cuniculus', also from 'cunnus', means 'passageway', and was applied to Roman drainage systems. Keith Allen and Kate Burridge cite 'cundy' as an early variant of 'conduit', alongside 'cundit', 'kundit', and 'cundut'; they also suggest that 'channel', 'canell', 'canal', and 'kennel' are related to it.
The Spanish 'chocha' 'lagoon' is another vaginal metaphor. The Russian 'kunka' describes two hands cupped together carrying water.
The vaginal water channel allusion is replicated by the River Kennet in Wiltshire, as Kennet was originally Cunnit: Adjacent to the river is the Roman settlement Cunetio, also spelt Cunetione, Cunetzone, Cunetzione, and Cunetiu though now known as Mildenhall. The rivers Kent formerly Kenet and Cynwyd share Kennet's etymology, and, as Michael Dames explains, Kennet's link to 'cunt' is readily apparent: The name of that orifice is carried downstream in the name of the river. Cunnit is Cunnt with an extra i.
As late as , the peasants of the district had not abandoned the name [ The earliest 'cunt' citation in the Oxford English Dictionary features the word as a component of a London streetname: The street was part of the 'stews', the Southwark red-light district, though its name was not confined only to London.
Bristol also had a Gropecountlane, later shortened to Gropelane, subsequently changed to Hallier's Lane, and finally Nelson Street.
Martin Wainwright cites a Grope Lane in York, perhaps a sanitised form of Grapcunt Lane or Gropcunt Lane, which was further sanitised to Grape Lane "by staid Victorians who found the original Grope - historically related to prostitution - too blatant" Keith Briggs lists numerous variants: Other 'cunt'-related placenames include Coombe and Kennet, discussed earlier, the evocative Ticklecunt Creek, and the fictitious "Cunt Hill" Robert Coover, Emma Rees added an extra 'n' to Connecticut to create "Charlotte in Connecticu n t" He cites an area once known as Cunta Heale, which Nicholas P Brooks translates as "cunt-hollow".
Briggs also identifies a curious cluster of Lincolnshire place-names with 'cunt' connections: He also cites Hungery Cunt, which appears on a military map of Scotland in Cleish, though the name is presumably a mis-spelling of Hungeremout. Graeme Donald cites another form of 'cunt' used as a proper noun, this time in medieval surnames, two of which predate the OED 's earliest citation: Explaining that "Any part of the body which was unusual [or] remarkable was likely to provide a convenient nickname or surname for its owner" , James McDonald cites the further example of Simon Sitbithecunte , again predating the OED.
Keith Briggs cites further 'cunt' names: Cruskunt, Twychecunt, and Bluthercuntesaker. Russell Ash provides more recent examples, in a book chapter titled The C-word He also cites names with 'cunt' homophones: It does not stop for them. The man screams after the cab, "You cunt! A player drops a ball. The men yell, "Cunt! Does it stand for what they hate? In The Simpsons , the name "Cantwell" is a 'cunt' pun: Do not call her by the obvious dirty nickname" Matthew Schofield, The surname Kuntz has a tantalising phonetic similarity to 'Cunts', and is especially notable in the case of WD Kuntz, whose 'cunt' connection is compounded by his position as a gynaecologist.
We all feel like that [ Tom Conti has received the same treatment: Gareth McLean wrote that "Conti should probably enter the vernacular as a term of abuse" , owing to its similarity to 'cunt'. The surname Kant is commonly confused with 'cunt', as Mark Lawson discovered to his cost on a live television programme: Furthermore, the name of a character in the film I'll Never Forget What's 'is Name , Quint, has been interpreted as a reference to 'cunt'.
Terence Meaden suggests that legal suppression of 'cunt' constituted "a series of vicious witch hunts encouraged by an evil establishment wishing to suppress what amounted to apparent signs of Goddess beliefs" , and, indeed, there was a Japanese goddess Cunda, a Korean Goddess Quani the Tasmanian 'quani' means 'woman' , a Phoenician priestess Qudshu, a Sumerian priestess Quadasha, and, in India, a goddess known variously as Cunti-Devi, Cunti, Kun, Cunda, Kunda, Kundah, and Kunti, worshipped by the Kundas or Kuntahs.
These names all indicate that 'cunt' and its ancient equivalents were used as titles of respect rather than as insults as does the Egyptian term, 'quefen-t', used by Ptah-Hotep when addressing a goddess.
My own surname, Hunt, also has associations with 'cunt', as experienced by a character called Mike Hunt in a Leslie Thomas novel: The Mike Hunt pun can be traced back as early as the 19th century: The hardest word of them all" Mike Hunt is also the name of an American publishing house. The phrase is found in the Australian drinking toast Mich Hunt's Health That's all they are, really.
A bunch of Colin Hunts" Charlie Catchpole, Smut has a comic strip called Kevin Hunt which puns on 'cunt'. Stupid Hunts , a pun on 'stupid cunts', was used as a headline by Total Film magazine in FCUK and Cnut are both tabooed words with their respective middle letters reversed, the difference being that FCUK was a deliberate reference to 'fuck' whereas Cnut was an accidental reference to 'cunt'. This accidental reference may explain why Canute has now replaced Cnut, in an attempt to Anglicise and elongate the word and thus disguise its similarity to 'cunt'.
French Connection initially insisted that the similarity between FCUK and 'fuck' was merely coincidental, though they soon dropped their false modesty by pressing charges against the rival Cnut Attitude clothing brand. Their t-shirt slogans are: His name now prompts predictable double-entendres, such as this from Simon Carr: Or, more accurately, King Cnut gestures I'm glad I'm not dyslexic " Private Eye punned on the name with its headline Silly Cnut in A Daily Star feature on the programme somewhat missed the point with the headline You Cnut Be Serious , using Cnut as a pun on 'cannot'.
The euphemistic Spoonerism 'cunning stunts' 'stunning cunts' relies not on rhyme but on a reversal of the initial letters, a trick later imitated by Kenny Everett's "dangerously named" Mark Lewisohn, comedy character Cupid Stunt, a Spoonerism of 'Stupid Cunt'.
Furthermore, 'Cunning Stunts' is also the name of an advertising agency and a female theatre group. Richard Christopher cites two further 'cunt' Spoonerisms both of which are rather sexist: The bawdy comedy film Carry On Constable is a pun on the c-word, with its phrase "silly constable" further emphasising the joke Gerald Thomas, Ned Ward has reversed the syllables of 'constable' to create "stablecunt" , and 'constable' has also been rendered as 'cunt stubble' and 'cony-fumble'.
Another euphemism for 'cunt' is 'the big C': No, I'm not talking Cancer. I'm talking Cunt" Anthony Petkovich, The phrase was used as the headline for an article about 'cunt' by Joan Smith The Big C , , however it is also the name of a shopping centre and garage in Thailand. Similar terms are 'red c' 'red cunt', a pun on 'Red Sea' and 'open C' 'open cunt'. Other words termed 'big C' include 'cancer' and 'cocaine', and 'cirrhosis'. Even 'C' in isolation has also been used as a substitute for 'cunt', as in "the Cs of Manchester United" Paul Wheeler, - a phrase which is seemingly innocuous yet also readily understood as an insult.
A handy two-birds-with-one-stone euphemism for both 'fuck' and 'cunt' is the phrase 'effing and ceeing' thus, 'Woking FC' officially stands for 'Woking Football Club' though has also been extended to 'Woking Fucking Cunts'. Eva Mendes created the extraordinary "motherfuckingcuntwhorebitch" Chris Hewitt, , and Douglas Coupland created the shorter portmanteu word "Fuckshitpisscunt" No prizes for guessing what the first draft of that joke was!
It has also been intentionally mis-spelt as "cund" Viz , Ruth Wajnryb notes the print media's coy treatment of the word: A good test of this is how a word is treated in the media. Most print media still baulk at printing CUNT, resorting to the rather quaint convention of asterisk substitution" Using other characters, especially asterisks, to replace letters often vowels , serves to accentuate a word's obscenity, drawing attention to its unprintability. Though the word 'cunt' is printed by some British newspapers, it never appears in a large font size, and is therefore never used in headlines.
This tendency was parodied by Private Eye with a spoof headline about cricketer Kevin Pietersen: An Apology , , and a spoof headline about political divisions: The last two examples were in reference to the leaking of emails by David Beckham in which he used the word 'cunt', leading to two jokes in Private Eye: American newspapers are much more cautious about references to swear words in general, and 'cunt' in particular practically the only exception being The Village Voice , which used the headline Cunt Candy Factory for an article by Tristan Taormino about "disembodied replicas of porn stars' famous bits [moulded into] plaster cunts" in As we shall see later, not only is 'cunt' a taboo in America, but discussion of this taboo is also a taboo in itself.
Thus, while a few British newspapers print 'cunt' in full, and all British newspapers gleefully use the phrase 'the c-word' to describe any word starting with that letter, American newspapers often refuse even to print 'the c-word', let alone printing 'cunt' itself.
Bertagnoli's article identified a phenomenon she termed "linguistic bleaching", suggesting that 'cunt' is changing its linguistic value through cultural repetition. She argues that, with the word's creeping presence on cable television and in general conversation, it is becoming an increasingly neutral term in casual speech. However, her article, and its by British standards, quite mild headline, were considered too strong by the Chicago Tribune editors, who decided at the last minute to remove it while the newspaper was actually being distributed.
The article had already been printed, so the section in which it appeared was physically removed from the newspaper, though some early copies could not be recalled and the newspaper's censorship of itself was viewed with both scorn and humour by American media commentators.
However, none of the commentators who criticised the Tribune actually used the word 'cunt' themselves. In a radio report about the scandal, for example, Bob Garfield referred to "a word beginning with 'c' and rhyming with 'shunt' [ Lisa Bertagnoli herself, the author of the suppressed article, sees the word as "something vile and hurtful, to be reclaimed", and maintains that women of her generation are not offended by the word: By contrast, she admits that the typical response from older women is somewhat less accepting: Never use that word.
I would faint if somebody said it to me". An affectionately disguised variant of 'cunt' is 'cunny', whose variants include 'cunnie', 'cunni', 'cunnyng', 'cunicle', 'conny', 'coney', 'conney', 'conie', and 'cunnikin'. Bunny Rogers wrote a poetry collection titled Cunny Poem in William Shakespeare hinted at this second meaning in Love's Labour's Lost , juxtaposing 'incony' with 'prick' 'penis': Related are 'conyger' meaning 'warren' and also spelt 'conynger', from the Middle English 'conygere' , the Anglo-Latin 'coningera' and 'conigera', and the Latin 'cunicularium'.
The word also appears in Old French, as 'conniniere', 'coniniere', 'coniliere', and 'connilliere'. Perhaps in an effort to minimise the scurrilous impact of 'cunny', 'cony' was phased out of common usage and the meaning of 'rabbit' was extended to animals both young and old. Spanish and French provide strikingly similar examples: The Spanish 'conejo' means both 'rabbit' and 'cunt', and the similar Spanish term 'conejita' 'bunny girl' provides another link between the two elements.
The similarity of 'cony' to 'cunny' is echoed by the relationship between 'count' and 'cunt': Indeed, the title 'count' is rendered in Gaelic as 'cunta'. The Gaelic 'cunta', with an acute accent over the 'u', means 'assistant. Keith Briggs cites place-name suffixes such as Le Cunte derived from 'count'. As early as a direct and bawdy comparison between 'Earl' and 'Count' was made by Stephen Valenger:. The phonetic similarity of 'Count' to 'cunt' is so striking that accidental obscenities abound: She Inadvertently left out, O, in the pronuntiation of the Word Count [ The programme has also used "bunch of cundurangos" as a pun on 'bunch of cunts'; John FD Northover, An identical instance occurred when the first 'O' of a fake cinema sign was lower than the rest of the text: In the s, a sign in a Japanese railway station advertised 'Discunt Tickets', a misprint of 'Discount Tickets'; similarly, the menu for London restaurant Bengal City misprinted 'Discount' as 'Discocunt'.
Bangkok University's School of Accounting's logo replaces the 'o' of 'Accounting' with a graphic representing a ship, rendering it as 'Acc unting'. Like 'count', 'countdown' also has comic potential if its 'o' is removed, as we shall see later. This last example, 'Charlie Hunt', is especially significant, as its abbreviated form 'Charlie' has entered the common vernacular as merely a term of mild reproach.
The expression 'proper Charlie', for example, is used frequently without causing offence, as its connection to 'cunt' has been forgotten. Although 'Charlie Hunt' is the most often cited origin of the abbreviation 'Charlie', another possible source is 'Charlie Ronce', which is rhyming slang for 'ponce'. It has been abbreviated to 'grumble', though this abbreviation is frequently a reference to pornography, so-called because heterosexual porn includes images of vaginas 'grumble and grunts'.
In this pornographic sense, 'grumble' has been extended to form 'grumbled' 'caught in the act of masturbation', a pun on 'rumbled' , 'grumblehound' 'constant seeker of porn' , 'grummer' 'porn magazines' , 'jumble grumble' and 'grumble sale' 'cheap pornography' , 'grumbleweed' 'weak from excessive masturbation' , 'grumbelows' 'sex shop' , 'grumbler' 'pornography vendor' , and 'grumbilical chord' 'connecting lead for porn TV channels', a pun on 'umbilical chord'.
It is from this that the mild insult 'berk' also 'birk', 'burk', and the Australian 'burke' is abbreviated, thus, as Jonathon Green explains, "when [people] say 'You're a right berk', what they're actually saying is 'You're a right cunt', which is much more obscene" Kerry Richardson, In this sense, 'berk' is similar to 'Charlie', as both are common, mild insults whose origins as rhyming slang for 'cunt' have been forgotten.
In a spoof article supposedly written by Boris Johnson, Private Eye defined "Berkely Hunt" a mis-spelling of either 'Berkeley Hunt' or 'Berkley Hunt' as "Darius Guppy", in a reference to Johnson's association with Guppy tarnishing his public image; the magazine also combined 'Berkeley Hunt' and 'cunning stunts' to create the headline Berkeley Stunts ; later that year, it punned on the name Anton du Beke with "Anton Du Berk" ; and it also punned on Sally Bercow's surname: Other Cockney rhyming slang 'cunt' euphemisms are 'all quiet' from All Quiet On The Western Front ; extended to 'all quiet on the breast an' cunt' , 'eyes front', 'Grannie Grunt', 'groan and grunt', 'gasp and grunt', 'growl and grunt', 'sharp and blunt', and 'National Front'.
The Cockney pronunciation of 'cunt' was evocatively captured by Clark Collis "You cahnt! The Yorkshire equivalent is "coont" Peter Silverton, , and in Jamaican patois it is "cohnnnt" Marlon James, In backslang, 'cunt' is 'tenuc' and 'teenuc' the extra letters being added to facilitate pronunciation , and 'cunt' in pig Latin is 'untcay'. A word with so many hard consonants in it in short a short time: A feminist pressure-group called 'Cunst', an anagram of 'cunts' and a pun on 'kunst' German for 'art' campaigned in against male domination of the Turner Prize.
In a Top Gear episode Phil Churchward, , Jeremy Clarkson noted that there were "a lot of anagrams going on here" on various car registration plates, followed by a shot of his own plate, CTU N. The euphemism 'see you next Tuesday' utilises each letter of 'cunt' individually, with 'see you' sounding like 'c u', and 'n t' being the respective initial letters of 'next' and 'Tuesday'.
Time Out magazine created posters with the slogan 'See you next Tuesday' in See You Next Tuesday is also the title of a play adapted from the film Le Diner De Cons , thus both the play and the film have 'cunt'-related titles. Similar to 'see you next Tuesday' is "see you in Toledo" Brooke Gladstone, , though in this case the letter 'n' is provided by a contraction of 'in'.
This spoof organisation placed a classified advertisement in the Kuwait Times: Then you need the Kuwait Union for New Teachers. They have also printed the text onto a t-shirt. Madonna made a similar joke in by creating a fake radio station, with a DJ announcing: Similarly, embedded within an article by Sally Vincent is the line "Point A moved to point B to point C until" , which is arguably an intentional reference.
There is no ambiguity whatsoever surrounding "-cunthorpe", a deliberate truncation of the Humberside town Scunthorpe on the back cover of a book by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie Likewise, when a knight in Thomas Heywood's Wisewomen Of Hogsdon declares, in Latin, "Nobis ut carmine dicunt", he is described as "a beastly man" to highlight the embedded obscenity.
Mrs Roberts didn't like him, but that's 'cos she's a Contaminated water can really make you sick"; Trey Parker, and 'applicant' Dominic Brigstocke, As John Hamilton explains in an letter quoted by Linda Mugglestone , 'cunt' has "the same syllable as a contraction of Contra".
High Voltage puns on the word's phonetic similarity to 'Cantonese': Oz made a similar pun on 'conjugal': Matthew Parris once called 'cunt' "a word beginning with 'c', which I couldn't possibly repeat" Rod Liddle, , and in keeping with this is the commonest 'cunt' euphemism: Simon Carr reports that his children confuse 'the c-word' with "the K-word" He also quotes their confusion over 'cunt' itself: That's a rude word, isn't it?
Ruth Wajnryb writes "the 'SEE'-word" , to distinguish it from the hard 'c' sound of 'cunt'. If 'cunt' can be a 'c-word', can 'cock' be one, too? A surprisingly large number of these other words beginning with 'c' have also occasionally been called 'the c-word', usually for comic effect.
The following is a representative selection. No surprise, then, that he is a fan of the c-word. In fact, not only is Musk a regular player of the computer game known as Civilization , which is all about husbanding resources to build an epic human community, but that word peppers his public utterances" BBC World Service, ; "Catholicism: Not the c-word, a c-word" Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, ; "They definitely had the c-word: Conscience and Cyclothymia" Alexandra Mullen, ; "[Christopher] Nolan's script, co-authored with his brother Jonathan, never deigns to use the c-word: Catwoman" Robbie Collin, ; "non-carcinogenic [ Uh oh, the other dreaded c-word.
Cut" The Sun , ; "the c-word: These are not conservatories" Jon Stock, ; "Could you make it more celebratory? Hey, we're all guys here, I'll say it: Paul Casey, ; "isn't that Italian "champagne"?
No, no, please don't mention the C-word" Johnny Morris, ; 'Curle': The "C" word" Fiona Phillips, ; 'comradely': Mr Clinton had charisma" Patrick Barkham, ; 'Clinton': Obama carefully avoided using the "c-word," as some in Washington termed it, though his description of events certainly sounded couplike" Peter Baker, ; 'Clegg': Carter" Mark Hosenball, ; "I would include Emanuelle And The Last Cannibals other than just, you know, because the title uses the c-word" Calum Waddell, ; "I don't want to use the 'C' word, chokers, so I am not going to" Commentatorballs , ; "[He] looked like someone who didn't even know what the C-word might be.
The revue show The C Word revolved around three c-words: Mark Mason's novel The C Words discusses 'commitment', 'coupledom', and 'children'.
Grace Chin wrote a play about commitment titled The C-Word in There was even a c-word reference in a TV commercial for Phileas Fogg crisps After it was reported that Donald Trump called a woman a word beginning with 'c' and ending with 't', Stephen Colbert misunderstood for comic effect: The most frequent word, other than 'cunt', to be termed 'the c-word', is 'cancer': They don't mean Cancer.
They mean Commitment" John Allen Lee, There have been several books about cancer whose titles include references to 'the c-word': A cancer-awareness comedy event titled The 'C' Word was held in Toronto in Newspaper headlines often use the phrase 'the c-word' to pun on other contentious terms beginning with that letter: It's a strong word, sure, but more so in America.
In England it's just like any other curse word". The most common example of this is 'Christmas', which, like 'cancer', can be seen as an alternative 'c-word'. The headline Don't Mention The C-Word , for example, is about the removal of the word 'Christmas' from secular greetings cards. In the article, Richard Littlejohn asks, rhetorically: He has fun inventing phrases such as "Father C-word", "C-word Eve", and "C-word Day", all attempts to highlight the absurdity of banning the word 'Christmas'.
Less festively, he also bemoans the culture of liberalism, 'political correctness', and ' Guardian istas' in other words, his usual targets , asking: But try the other C-word".
As if that wasn't enough, Littlejohn went on to essentially repeat himself two Christmases later, in another article also headlined Don't Mention The C Word "the dreaded C Word [ Cricket experts were aghast at the "inappropriate use of the c-word"", in a spoof article headlined Kevin Pietersen In C-Word Drama That final example, from The Sun 's coverage of a speech by Gordon Brown, also resulted in a Sun leader column headlined C Ironically, after David Cameron goaded Brown for not saying 'cuts', when Cameron himself became Prime Minister, he used the euphemism 'difficult decisions' to avoid saying 'cuts'.
The sheer extent of the 'cunt' lexicon supports Scott Capurro's assertion that it is "plainly the most versatile word in the English language" Capurro also notes the variety of reactions provoked by the word: Some people will try to be smug about it and think, "Well, that does nothing for me".
And the person sitting right next to that person could be completely moved by the word, emotionally drawn to somebody who uses that word, you know. And the person sitting next to that person could be someone who's completely disgusted by it. It's one of those great words that can get many, many different reactions from people. This ideology, which was originally termed cunt-power, sought to invert the word's injurious potential - to prevent men using it as a misogynist insult, women assertively employed it themselves: The new cunt would be matriarchal, feminist" Peter Silverton, The feminist Cunt-Art movement incorporated the word into paintings and performances, and several female writers have campaigned for its transvaluation.
In my evaluation of the ideology of cunt-power, I discuss the extent of its practicality, popularity, and longevity. However, words do hurt us, and they can be used as weapons. Walter Kirn has called 'cunt' "the A-bomb of the English language [ Verbal weapons cause intense emotional pain. GQ has noted that "No word is more hurtful or destructive than the C-word" Catherine MacKinnon cites numerous examples of abusive language provoking distress and resulting in litigation.
Asserting that "A woman worker who was referred to by a [presumed male] co-worker as a 'cunt' could present a strong case for sexual harassment" , she quotes "Cavern Cunt", "stupid cunt", "fucking cunt", and "repeated use of the word 'cunt'" as phrases resulting in convictions for sexual harassment. Just as 'cunt' can be a violent word, its use can also have violent repercussions: By contrast, however, a more recent case was dismissed when it was ruled that the word 'cunt' did not constitute sexual harassment: A female student at Colorado University had alleged that another student called her a 'cunt'.
Hoffman was ridiculed by the press, not least because the name of her university is commonly abbreviated to 'CU': When men use the word 'cunt' to insult women, courts have deemed the act to be unlawful. When men use it to insult other men, as Julia Penelope demonstrates, their usage is still inherently insulting to women: Signe Hammer explained that to call a man a 'cunt' "is to call him a woman: The other male insults cited by Penelope are also tangential insults to women: He calls it "the four-letter word a man can use to destroy everything with a woman [ Kirn explains the offensiveness of 'cunt' with reference to its plosive phonetics and its semantic reductionism: It strips away any aura of uniqueness".
A character in the Hungarian film Taxidermia also notes the ugliness of the word, or rather its Hungarian equivalent. Somewhat insensitively, Kirn feels that women over-react to the word when it is used against them: It doesn't leave a mark. Yet women treat its deployment as tantamount to an act of nonphysical domestic violence". He also ignores the word's feminist reclamation, stating incorrectly: Essentially, Kirn's article is a macho defence of what he sees as the male privilege to call women cunts: When a man has already lost the argument and his girl is headed out the door [we] have one last, lethal grenade to throw".
Unsurprisingly, women wrote to GQ to take issue with Kirn's article. Kim Andrew stressed that Kirn's definition of 'cunt' as "the A-bomb of the English language" does not apply to the UK, where it is used more freely than in America: M Restrepo's reaction was that, provided 'cunt' is not used insultingly as Kirn employs it , it should not be tabooed: Cunt is no longer taboo. In welcome contrast to Kirn's article, Jonathon Green criticises the inherent patriarchy of the slang lexicon: This is a trend which has noticeably increased over time, as Germaine Greer explains: Specifically, the status and deployment of 'cunt' as "The worst name anyone can be called [and] the most degrading epithet" Germaine Greer, [a] , and especially as the worst name a woman can be called, serves to reinforce the tradition of cultural patriarchy, as Jane Mills points out: Smith calls 'cunt' "the worst possible thing - much worse than ['prick'] - one human being can say to another" and Simon Carr calls it "the worst thing you can say about anyone" As Deborah Cameron notes, "taboo words tend to refer to women's bodies rather than men's.
Thus for example cunt is a more strongly tabooed word than prick, and has more tabooed synonyms" Jonathon Green concurs that "the slang terms for the vagina outstrip any rivals, and certainly those for the penis [ William Leith notes that "We may have equality of the sexes but we do not have equality of sexual organs [ I can print the words prick, cock and dick as much as I like", adding coyly: Ed Vulliamy makes the same point: The inequality of 'prick' and 'cunt' is also explored in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm David Steinberg, , after the central character uses 'cunt' as an insult towards another man:.
Pricks and cunts, they're equal. According to Brigid McConville and John Shearlaw, 'cunt' "reflects the deep fear and hatred of the female by the male in our culture. It is a far nastier and more violent insult than 'prick' which tends to mean foolish rather than evil. This violent usage is a constant and disturbing reminder to women of the hatred associated with female sexuality and leaves women with few positive words to name their own organs" The 'cunt' taboo is but the most extreme example of a general taboo surrounding the lexicon of the female genitals: The word 'vagina' is also subject to this taboo: Braun and Wilkinson cite examples of the term being banned from billboards "the London Underground banned a birth control advertisement - deeming it 'offensive' for including the word 'vagina'" and theatrical posters "Promotional material for theatrical pieces whose titles contained the word vagina has been censored [ Indeed, after surveying women's own attitudes, Sophie Laws discovered that they even felt obligated to self-censor their own discourse: Virginia Braun and Celia Kitzinger published a 'survey of surveys', revealing the extent to which 'vagina' is a tabooed word: The German equivalent is even more demeaning: Word-meanings are dictated by consensus and contemporary usage, thus negative meanings can be reversed when pejorative terms are systematically reappropriated: Melinda Yuen-Ching Chen and Robin Brontsema have both described the specific reappropriation of 'queer', though they also discuss the concept of reappropriation in general.
Brontsema provides a succinct definition of the terminology: He views the process as a harnessing and reversal of the original invective: Laying claim to the forbidden, the word as weapon is taken up and taken back by those it seeks to shackle - a self-emancipation that defies hegemonic linguistic ownership and the a buse of power". Chen defines reclamation as "an array of theoretical and conventional interpretations of both linguistic and non-linguistic collective acts in which a derogatory sign or signifier is consciously employed by the 'original' target of the derogation, often in a positive or oppositional sense" The focus here is primarily on feminist reappropriations, specifically on feminist attempts to reclaim 'cunt' and other abusive terms: The mainstream success of reappropriations, however, depend upon the consensus of the population as a whole: The commonest derogative term for a woman - 'bitch' - is on the road to reclamation.
A woman should be proud to declare she is a Bitch, because Bitch is Beautiful. It should be an act of affirmation by self and not negation by others" Casey Miller and Kate Smith discuss this transvaluation of 'bitch' and also cite "Groups of feminists who choose to call themselves witches [ Other formerly derogatory terms for women have also been reclaimed: Witch, bitch, dyke, and other formerly pejorative epithets turned up in the brave names of small feminist groups" Gloria Steinem, Mary Daly has attempted to reverse the negative associations of words such as 'spinster', 'witch', 'harpy', 'hag', and 'crone'.
Where she is able to demonstrate non-pejorative etymological origins of these terms, she advocates a reversal of their current definitions. Daly does readily admit that not every modern negative term was originally positive 'crone', for example, has always implied old age , though in these cases she assert that negative connotations are a patriarchal perception: For women who have transvalued this, a Crone is one who should be an example of strength, courage and wisdom" In an episode of the sitcom Veep , 'crone' is confused with the c-word: I was like, 'What an old crone!
Regularly used as a pejorative term [ As Roz Wobarsht wrote in a letter to the feminist magazine Ms: Our use takes away the power of the words to damage us" Jane Mills adds that "crumpet has recently been appropriated by women to refer to men [and] women today are making a conscious attempt to reform the English language [including] the reclamation and rehabilitation of words and meanings" Maureen Dowd notes the "different coloration" of 'pimp' and charts the transition of 'girl' "from an insult in early feminist days to a word embraced by young women".
A less likely pioneer of reclamation is the self-styled 'battle-axe' Christine Hamilton, though her celebratory Book Of British Battle-Axes nevertheless marked a re-evaluation of the term.
Julie Bindel cites 'bird' and 'ho' as "blatant insults [ Patrick Strudwick praises Bint Magazine for "reclaiming the term "bint" from the huge slag heap of misogynist smears and turning it into something fabulous" The offensive term 'slut' has also been reclaimed as an epithet of empowerment: Kate Spicer suggests that 'slut' is "a term of abuse that has been redefined by fashion to mean something cool [ In the s, Katharine Whitehorn famously used her column in The Observer to self-identify as a 'slut', using the term in its original sense meaning a slovenly woman.
In , Bea Miller released the song S. In , the campaigning group SlutWalk Toronto organised a series of 'slutwalks' - demonstrations in which women marched while wearing sexually-provocative clothing and holding banners reappropriating the word 'slut'. The SlutWalk campaign provoked considerable feminist debate, with Gail Dines and Wendy J Murphy arguing that the protesters were fighting a lost cause: But the focus on "reclaiming" the word slut fails to address the real issue.
The word is so saturated with the ideology that female sexual energy deserves punishment that trying to change its meaning is a waste of precious feminist resources" Germaine Greer was more enthusiastic about the SlutWalk phenomenon, though she cautioned that "It's difficult, probably impossible, to reclaim a word that has always been an insult" and she should know.
Here, the principal is the same as that pioneered by Madonna: It is not simply the word 'slut' that is being redefined, it is the lifestyle that the word represents - the meaning of the term 'slut' has stayed the same, though the cultural acceptance of its characteristics has increased. As Chinese is a tonal language, the same word can have multiple meanings depending on its pronunciation; this has been used subversively by women to reappropriate the pejorative term 'shengnu' 'leftover women' , which can also mean 'victorious women' when pronouced with a different tone.
This "pun that turns the tables on the prejudicial description" gained popularity following the television series The Price Of Being A Victorious Woman Tatlow, [a]. It is important to note the distinction between changing a word's definition and changing its connotation.
Women have sought not to change the definitions of for example 'cunt' or 'slut', but instead to alter the cultural connotations of the terms. Thus, the reclaimed word 'cunt' is still defined as 'vagina' and the reclaimed 'slut' still means 'sexual predator'.
What have been reclaimed are the social attitudes towards the concepts of vaginas and sexual predators: In a sense, this is true of a large number of terms which are regarded as positive by some yet as negative by others: Salman Rushdie gives examples of older political terms which have also been reclaimed: Also, in Thailand, poor farmers protesting against the aristocratic political system wore t-shirts with the word 'prai' 'commoner' as a symbol of pride, in "a brilliant subversion of a word that these days has insulting connotations" Banyan, After Republicans derided Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as 'Obamacare', Obama himself began using this more concise though originally derogatory term, professing that he liked it.
Richard Herring notes the paradox that, while the vagina should be celebrated, 'cunt' is an inexplicably offensive term: If you give words the power then they are nasty.
But you can turn things around and use them in a different way" Anthony Barnes, Thus, reclaiming abusive language requires a change not in meaning but in attitude. Whereas Madonna is perhaps the most significant embodiment of this transvaluation - female sexual empowerment being asserted as liberating and subversive - the theory behind it has been articulated most dramatically by Germaine Greer in her essay for Suck on the word 'whore'.
Germaine Greer - who instigated the cunt-power movement, of which more later - wrote I Am A Whore , in which she consciously identified herself with the word 'whore', attempting to show that it can be positive rather than negative: Greer's biographer fundamentally misjudged her suggestion, calling it "a direct betrayal of what feminism was supposed to be about [ In fact, far from identifying as a prostitute, Greer was implying that the word 'whore' could be removed from its pejorative associations.
A term with similar status is the racially abusive 'nigger', which has been reclaimed or 'flipped' by African-Americans such as Richard Pryor's Supernigger , and is used in this context as a term of endearment. Jonathon Green suggests that this use "as a binding, unifying, positive word" dates from as early as the s Jennifer Higgie, Its reappropriation is not universally accepted, however: Spike Lee has criticised what he perceives as Samuel L Jackson's insensitivity towards the word's history.
Similar attempts to reclaim other racially abusive terms such as 'paki' notably the PAK1 clothing brand have been equally contentious: In his article A Bad Word Made Good , Andrew Clark notes the reappropriation of 'wog', formerly a term of racist abuse though later used self-referentially amongst Australia's Greek community: Greek[s] happily refer to themselves as wogs [ Furthermore, Todd Anten cites the increasing transvaluation of 'chink', noting that "Virtually any word that is or has been a slur can be reappropriated by the target group" Lenny Bruce made the point that the social suppression of taboo words such as 'cunt' and 'nigger' serves to perpetuate and increase their power: He argued that only through repetition can we remove the abusive powers of taboo words: The film's director later explained that he was consciously attempting to "take everything that's negative in the language and turn it into a positive thing" Criterion, The editor of the Jewish magazine Heeb intended its title as a transvaluation of the term, a variant of 'hebe': Annie Goldflam self-identified as both a 'kike' and a 'dyke', in Queerer Than Queer: The homophobic term 'queer' has also been positively - yet contentiously - reappropriated, for example by Queer Nation: Ratna Kapur and Tayyab Mahmud cite 'fruit' amongst other terms "appropriated by the gay community as words denoting pride, self-awareness, and self-acceptance" The gay-oriented cosmetics brand FAG: Fabulous And Gay has helped to reclaim 'fag', and Todd Anten cites the company's mission statement: Larry Kramer's book Faggots began the transvaluation of another homophobic term.
Another book title, Christopher Frayling's Spaghetti Westerns , was also intended as a positive reappropriation of a negative term: The similar film term 'chop-socky' has also been "repurposed" David Kamp and Lawrence Levi, The various epithets used to insult mentally handicapped people represent a further lexicon of reclaimed pejoratives. Mark Radcliffe profiles "people with mental health problems tak[ing] the sting out of stigma by reclaiming pejoratives" , citing 'Crazy Folks' and 'Mad Pride' as groups whose names "reclaim some of the stigmatising language".
This consciously humorous appropriation of 'crazy' and 'mad' must, however, avoid being misinterpreted as a trivialisation of those whom it seeks to empower. The term 'punk' has become associated with a musical genre, though it also has an insulting definition, as it is used to describe men who are raped by fellow prisoners in jail.
Robert Martin, who was repeatedly gang-raped in prison, has now spoken out against jail-rape while also celebrating the term 'punk': He has performed the same etymological magic trick that others have done with [ Finally, we should consider 'otaku', 'geek', and 'nerd', all of which are negative terms implying anti-social obsessive behaviour.
Increasingly, people are self-identifying as geeks, otakus, and nerds, using the terms proudly: The comedy film Revenge Of The Nerds celebrated the atypical victory of nerds against jocks in an American school. It is clear that "The conversion of a derogatory term into a battle cry by radicals is not uncommon" Hugh Rawson, , though 'cunt' itself has yet to emerge as a fully reclaimed term. Presently, the initial stages of its reappropriation are more contentious and complex than those of the epithets dicussed above.
Todd Anten categorises slurs into two types, to distinguish between words in different positions along the road to reclamation: He also notes that it is not only words that can be reclaimed: He cites as an example the pink triangle used by the Nazis to identify homosexuals: An especially intriguing aspect of reappropriation is that of trademark applications.
Aware that potentially disparaging words are denied trademark status, Todd Anten argues that such restrictions should be lifted for "self-disparaging" terms: He also cites Joe Garofoli's comment that "[S]elf-labeling defuses the impact of derisive terms by making them more commonplace".
Anten notes trademark applications for various contentious terms, all intended to be reappropriated as positive acronyms: In the latter case, 'jap', Anten notes that the term "may disparage multiple groups": Reappropriation is indeed a minefield. The marginalisation of the feminine is apparent not only in relation to language but also in cultural attitudes towards the sexual organs themselves. A large penis is equated with potency and sexual prowess: Phrases such as 'well hung' maintain the male obsession with penis size, and John Holmes became one of the world's most famous porn stars thanks to his fourteen-inch erection.
Size and the female reproductive organs, however, have a reversed relationship: A large vagina is seen as indicative of copious copulation, prompting accusations of prostitution or nymphomania. Or, as Germaine Greer puts it: No woman wants to find out that she has a twat like a horse-collar" [a].
Corrective surgery - namely a laser vaginal rejuvenation operation - is available in such circumstances, to make "the vaginal canal smaller and the opening of the vagina smaller" Nicola Black, , whereas male genital surgery serves to enlarge the organ rather than reduce it.
Crude terms such as 'big cunt', 'bushel cunt', 'bucket cunt', 'bucket fanny', 'butcher's dustbin', 'spunk dustbin', 'bargain bucket', 'billposter's bucket', 'Big Daddy's sleeping bag', 'ragman's trumpet', 'ragman's coat', 'turkey's wattle', 'raggy blart', 'pound of liver', 'club sandwich', 'ripped sofa', 'badly-packed kebab', 'stamped bat', 'wizard's sleeve', 'clown's pocket', 'Yaris fanny', 'fanny like a easyjet seat pocket', 'a fanny like Sunderland's trophy cabinet', 'cow-cunt', 'double-cunted', 'sluice-cunted', and "canyon-cunted" Jim Goad, [b] , equate dilation with repulsion: Thus, alongside the linguistic suppression of 'cunt', the vagina is also physically suppressed: The penis is an external organ whereas the vagina is an internal one, therefore the penis is naturally the more visible of the two; there is, however, a cultural emphasis placed upon this difference that acts to reinforce and extend it.
The bulging male groin 'lunchbox' is identified as sexually attractive, whereas women are encouraged not to emphasise their groins but to camouflage them: Phallic references and penis jokes litter daily discourse, whereas vulval imagery is seemingly limited to pornography" Joanna Briscoe, The venerated male 'lunchbox' can be directly contrasted with the condemned female equivalent, the 'cameltoe'.
The female group Fannypack released a single called Cameltoe in which they criticised women for "grossin' people out with your cameltoe[s]" Similarly, the male codpiece's exaggeration of penile protrusion can be contrasted with female chastity belts that lock away the vagina. Also, excessive female pubic hair the 'bikini line' is shaved to render the area indistinguishable from any other part of the body: Oliver Maitland contrasts artistic representations of the vagina with those of the penis: The physical differences between the male and female sexual organs are central to Sigmund Freud's theory of penis envy.
This is the notion that a girl perceives her clitoris to be the result of her castration, and, faced with what Freud terms an "inferiority" , develops a desire for the visible, external symbols of virility possessed by men. Joan Smith answers this with the proposition that "it's time to start talking, pace Freud, about the terrible problems men have in overcoming their cunt envy" , a timely riposte to Freudian phallocentricity.
Germaine Greer's key feminist text is titled The Female Eunuch , though accusations of penis envy serve merely to trivialise the feminist feeling of physical and linguistic marginalisation. The 'female eunuch' is symbolic of the desexed representation of the female sexual experience, rather than representing a literal desire for a male organ. Patriarchal marginalisation is not, therefore, a literal neutering of women, though it does generate this metaphorical effect; while the penis is exaggerated, the vagina is rendered subordinate.
Male attempts to marginalise the vagina lexically, physically, and pictorially can be seen as symbolic attempts to suppress female sexuality. The myth of the vagina dentata discussed in more detail later is appropriate in this regard, as there are many mythological instances of toothed vaginas being blunted by male weapons: A Mimbres bowl drawn by Pat Carr from a Zuni Pueblo original depicts a man's club-like penis inside a vagina dentata to illustrate a myth involving two men who meet eight women with vagina dentatas: They have teeth in their vaginas.
They will cut you and you will die. When the oak members were worn out, they put them aside and took the hickory ones. By daylight the teeth of these women were all worn out" Pat Carr and Willard Gingerich, Symbolically, this male domination over female sexuality - using a tool to cut vaginal teeth - clearly represents the power of the phallus and the weakness of the vagina, or, in other words, the Magnolia mantra quoted above. According to Pueblo mythology, the Ahaiyute would "break girls' toothed vaginas with false wooden penises" Marta Weigle, A Jicarilla Apache Indian myth describes four 'vagina girls' who swallow men with their vaginas, until a medicine administered by the male 'Killer-of-Enemies' neutralises their power: But this medicine destroyed their teeth entirely" Catherine Blackledge, In a similar example, "There was a Rakshasa's [demon's] daughter who had teeth in her vagina.
When she saw a man, she would turn into a pretty girl, seduce him, [and] cut off his penis" - the only way to neuter her was to "make an iron tube, put it into her vagina and break her teeth". Pueblo Indian artwork depicts "efforts to remove a woman's vaginal teeth with a false penis made out of oak and hickory", and this ceremony is now symbolically re-enacted: Provoked by the sudden intrusion, the demon responded by biting off the young man's pecker".
The woman's "cock-chomping beaver" was subdued by an iron dildo, an object which is still celebrated on the first Sunday of every April at the Kanamara Matsuri event in Kawasaki, Japan. Our environment is becoming increasingly saturated with sexual images, justified by the maxim 'sex sells'. This situation, which Brian McNair terms "The sexualization of the public sphere" , predominantly involves images of women, appealing to heterosexual male desires at the expense of heterosexual female ones.
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