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21.


Cunt, Again.


No, I don't worry about people being offended by the use of the word cunt on this blog. To be honest, I think anyone offended by strong language has long ago left, which is fine as I won't be changing any time soon. Beyond that, I think it's ridiculous to censor a word from your vocabulary or to change your opinion (by looking down your long, nasty nose) of someone who uses a word such as cunt. I figure I missed the cultural meeting when we all voted on words that should be socially unacceptable, because if I'd been there, terms like 'Contract Employment' and 'Profit' would have gotten a bit more attention, and big business would be sitting around in tiny offices and saying things like, "We can't design our world view around that word we cannot speak."

A word is a word. If you're so caught up in meaning and being socially acceptable with your language that you can't view a word as a neutral object waiting to be polluted with meaning, then you're not my kind of cunt.

22.


Negativity.


Being critical is a good thing. It's not something that I necessarily equate with being negative. You think that it's a disservice to talk about something critical? I think it's a mark that you actually did something interesting, even if it's a failure. Unlike the word cunt, I was at the meeting when society decided that we didn't want to be critical, didn't want to get involved, and maybe hurt someone's feelings. I remember saying, "If you do this, you'll simply breed a society where people equate critical with being bad. Critical will begin to mean that you don't like something. We'll lose our ability to have conversations that rise above what we had for our breakfast. We'll speak in hushed voices when we find something we don't agree with this--"

I was cut off by Dan Brown, who had yet to find a publisher for his first novel. Later, when the Church started being critical of The Da Vinci Code, he rang me to laugh and quote his bank balance.

23.


Kathy Acker.


My nightmares are based on red. Red's the color of passion, of joy. Red's the colour of all the journeys which are interior, the color of the hidden flesh, of the depths and recesses of the unconscious. Above all, red is the color of rage and violence.

--My Mother: Demonology.




(Answering thirty questions. Counting down to number one. If you haven't asked, then why not?)

(Here's a link to an interesting article the cultural history of the word cunt. Haven't read the whole thing, but it's interesting so far.)

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kixxa
May. 1st, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
Okay... I admire you a lot because you have the energy to care, and conversely, the energy not to care (if that makes sense). So, how do you maintain that anger, that drive? Is it just there, or do you have to whip it up daily via life's little reminders?
benpeek
May. 1st, 2005 09:34 am (UTC)
hey, do you mean this as a question question, or just a comment here?
kixxa
May. 1st, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, as a question, unless it's too oblique.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2005 10:23 am (UTC)
nah, is cool.
ironed_orchid
May. 1st, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
I might be a cunt but I'm not a fucking cunt
I just finished reading that cunt usage article. It's long, it's rambling, it jumps around a lot and the etymology lacked enough dates to satisfy me (and the 'australian' song dating from 1731 got my hackles up and made me suspicious of other historical research). So um, I guess it might be more interesting to people who haven't previously given much thought to how people use or don't use 'cunt'.

One thing I found was lacking in the article was how 'cunt' can be a term of affection - there were one or two passing glances, but nothing in depth. Also I thought that there was too much equation of 'cunt' with 'stupid'. I think the way we use it in insults can mean someone nasty and deliberately offensive, a bit like how americans use 'arsehole' ('asshole'). Another thing I think could be emphasized more is class difference, there was some mention, mostly in quotes, in the discussion of Irvine Walsh and Mike Leigh, but it wasn't treated as a separate category, and that surprised me.

This is me being critical, not negative. There was a glut of interesting information, these are just a few niggling worries I have about the article.
benpeek
May. 1st, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Re: I might be a cunt but I'm not a fucking cunt
yeah, it is long and ramblish. i still haven't finished it. but it's got interesting bits, like you said.
chrisbarnes
May. 1st, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I might be a cunt but I'm not a fucking cunt
Yeah, the "Australian" reference is dubious - maybe the author is claiming "Mick Hunt's health" is a popular Aussie toast, though I've never encountered it. But the song and date appear genuine (though English, not Australian), as documented here: http://www.immortalia.com/html/books-OCRed/1730s-bog-house-miscellany/part-1-3rd-edition/

You have to love a book called the "Bog-House Miscellany".
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