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. 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" 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: As late as , the peasants of the district had not abandoned the name [ 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. That's all they are, really.
Signe Hammer explained that to call a man a 'cunt' "is to call him a woman: 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. Basic Instinct , Body Of Evidence , and GoldenEye all exploit these fears, depicting women played respectively by Sharon Stone, Madonna, and Famke Janssen who either murder their partners during sex or literally fuck them to death as do the mermaids in the film Empires Of The Deep. Freud's equation of Medusa with the vagina is significant as it presents the vagina as an organ capable of castrating the male penis: Just as 'cunt' can be a violent word, its use can also have violent repercussions:
Cunt: A Cultural History of the C-Word
The commonest derogative term for a woman - 'bitch' - is on the road to reclamation. Eva Mendes created the extraordinary "motherfuckingcuntwhorebitch" Chris Hewitt, , and Douglas Coupland created the shorter portmanteu word "Fuckshitpisscunt" In William Shakespeare's description of a woman "whose tongue more poisons than the adders" , "tongue" has been interpreted as 'clitoris', translating as: The mystical rose is CUNT. A fictional short story by Emily Prager, The Lincoln-Pruitt Anti-Rape Device , reverses this military urban myth, describing "an American servicewoman in Vietnam who engaged the 'enemy' in coitus and killed them with an intra-vaginal spike". Richard Herring notes the paradox that, while the vagina should be celebrated, 'cunt' is an inexplicably offensive term:
Regularly used as a pejorative term [ Onsen Zonbi Vs Sutorippaa V features a woman with a flame-throwing vagina. The Ark of Gold, the Gate of Heaven. Its prevalence around the globe is stunning. M Hunt [no relation] calls it "the most taboo word in the English language" When the oak members were worn out, they put them aside and took the hickory ones.