May 19, 12
Recommended to Gaijinmama by:
Bust magazine, ages ago!
all women and those who seek to understand them
Read in June, 2008
I can't even type the title because I don't want this review or my blog to be labeled as Adult. Suffice it to say, it's a four-letter word, beginning with C, referring to a body part belonging to half the human race. Interesting, ain't it, that a body part is just about the most offensive word in the English language?
I even got yelled at for mentioning the book in public...oh well, guess I shouldn't have brought up the subject in playgroup, LOL! Luckily I live in Japan, so nobody fussed at me when I read it in Starbucks.
But seriously, folks...the V word, which is the medical and socially acceptable term for said Anatomical Jewel, originally meant "a sheath for a sword".
Ask yourselves, my fellow beings with Double X chromosomes....is that how we want to define ourselves? As Muscio would say, I ain't no sheath.
C*** is a comprehensive analysis and meditation upon both the word that offends people so much, and what the author calls "The Anatomical Jewel". It's hard to put down, although sometimes I wanted to--Muscio covers some uncomfortable topics such as abortion, rape, prostitution, and menstruation in graphic detail. Even though I don't agree with her on all topics, she made me think and made me laugh, occasionally grossed me out , and definitely kept my attention. Not least because the author gives a shout-out to the extremely cool Samuel Jackson, yeah it's kind of a 90's reference but I still think he rocks.
Written in a direct, conversational tone, this book made me laugh out loud, get pretty angry a few times, and once or twice come close to tears.
I highly recommend C...but if you plan to read it in public you might want to get or make a book cover for it!