It is misogynist to use the word “cunt” as an insult. Cunt means female genitals. When you use the word cunt as an insult what you’re saying is that female genitals are so horrible that you can call someone horrible by equating them with this word. There is nothing horrible or wrong about female genitals. In fact, female genitals are TEH AWESOME.
There are some other words that we should not use for very similar reasons. We should not call things retarded when they are wrong and disagreeable either. That’s because when you use the word retarded to mean wrong and disagreeable, you’re saying that retarded is a word that means wrong and disagreeable. But people with mental retardation are not wrong nor disagreeable.
We should not call things gay as an insult either. If you use the word gay to mean something wrong and disagreeable, then you’re saying that the word gay means wrong and disagreeable. That’s not true—gay actually means fantastic and amazing. 😉 Okay fine, it means homosexual.
Both intellectual disabilities and homosexuality are normal variations in human beings that do not make anyone wrong or bad or disagreeable.
I get that people need vulgar words to insult people—some people are truly horrible and you want to call them by the name of a gross body part or bodily excretion. Why not call them the name of a gross body part that everyone has, therefore avoiding making negative statements about female bodies? Everyone has an asshole, and assholes are generally gross, so call the horrible person an asshole. There are other words too that don’t apply to specific groups of people. Like shitstain or scumbag, for example.
Or maybe just use accurate words to describe what is happening? If someone is being ridiculous and ignorant, why not just call him ridiculous and ignorant? Why insult a group of innocent people (women, gays, the intellectually disabled) instead of insulting the person who’s being ridiculous and ignorant?
I know, I know, in your part of the word, you use cunt all the time and you don’t mean anything by it. I’ve heard that excuse so many times from people who say retarded and gay. They always say “but I don’t mean it that way.” But yes, you do. The reason you said “that’s gay” is because you think gay is an insult. A word that describes my sexual orientation, which is a wonderful orientation BTW, is used as an insult because you don’t like gay people. I fucking know it, regardless of the excuses. And every time I read that some horrible person is a cunt, I think “what’s wrong with cunts? Cunts are great. This horrible person doesn’t deserve to be called something that is so lovely and wonderful.” And it’s pretty off-putting.
I think perhaps what I should do, is next time I see someone say this, I’m going to chime in with “Yes, that horrible man is so horrible, he’s just like female genitals!” And see how that goes.