Why is the word “cunt” considered such a vile epithet? Today I was in the grocery store and an irate customer called the cashier a cunt. My reaction (and those of the other customers) was one of disgust! Myself, I was raised a very polite southern gentlemen. So I’m not very vulgar. Yes, occasionally my conversation will be sprinkled with a few naughty words every now and again; however, that’s mainly when I’m being fun and silly. When I’m upset I never swear…let alone use words like CUNT.
Which is why I asked the question…
Why is cunt so much more vulgar than calling someone a dickhead? Why is a woman’s anatomy, when used in the context of an insult, so much more vile than a man. Granted, I really like dick but that’s besides the point. Why does calling someone a dickhead illicit a chuckle whereas “CUNT” inspires apalling abhorrence?